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Pumpkin Fettucine Alfredo

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all fine, turned your clocks back for that extra hour of sleep on this lazy Sunday and had a wonderful Halloween yesterday!

We had a total of 75 trick or treaters (much lower than years before). I just love to see the toddlers in their costumes. This year for the first time as per doctors orders I wasn’t allowed to open the door to greet the children so I had to leave a bowl of candy outside on the steps, but watched them through the window. So cute. Some costumes are so clever and this year we saw a lot more parents and guardians in costume.

Bob and I made the traditional Turkey and 3-bean chili to keep our Halloween tradition alive and served it with whole grain cornbread …. (recipe on blog)

I am still cooking today, which brings me to todays post…….

Today I made a pumpkin alfredo pasta dish and posted it on my personal timeline. I thought I had included it on the blog once before and today I received so many requests for the recipe from friends that couldn’t find it via the blog index so I decided to post it again.

The original recipe calls for fettuccine but you can use any pasta of your liking. Today I used pappardelle, a large, flat & broad pasta noodle.

The secret ingredient for me is sprinkling the pasta with amaretti cookies before serving. The flavor between the amaretti, pumpkin and sage are fabulous.

These are my favorite amaretti cookies but there are many brands on the market … These can be ordered on Amazon or found in Italian delis.

They are wrapped 2 mini cookies to a package.

Lazzaroni Amaretti, 16-Ounce Tin

I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it as much as we do.

Ingredients:

12 ounces fettuccine (or pasta of your choice)

2 tablespoons butter

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin pureeNOT PURE PUMPKIN

2 cups heavy cream

Freshly ground nutmeg

Salt and pepper

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

4-5 fresh sage leaves, chopped

Additional Parmesan cheese for serving

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.

Cook the pasta according to package directions.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion; sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring, until softened.  Stir in the pumpkin puree and a few leaves of sage.  Add the heavy cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper.  Reduce the heat to medium-low.  Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the sauce is slightly thickened.  Stir in the Parmesan cheese.

Drain the pasta and add to the sauce.  Transfer the pasta to a serving bowl.

Sprinkle the chopped sage over the top.  Serve with additional grated

Cooks Note: Feel free to toss some toasted, chopped walnuts or crushed amaretti cookies on top. 

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Back in the Kitchen…..Diane 2.0

Photo Apr 15, 7 45 23 PM Farfalle with prosciutto and chicken

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Hi Everyone,

I hope this post finds you well. I want to thank all of you for the warm emails and comments that I have been receiving regarding my heart transplant and recovery- thank you so much.

I have missed all of you tremendously. I can’t wait until I can come back to the blog full time and set a few new tablescapes. My head is spinning with new ideas.

I am in my fourth month post heart transplant and I am feeling much stronger. It has been a roller coaster recovery so far. Some weeks are great and then there are weeks that a few set backs show up here and there that stops me in my tracks. I will not give up or give in to pain or difficult situations that arise, so I will continue to follow all the rules and the restrictions to get myself back to being me.

My husband calls me Diane 2.0, the new and improved.

Speaking of my husband or should I say angel on earth, he has been doing everything while I recover. He is dusting, cleaning the house, doing laundry, making beds, food shopping and cooking three meals a day and continuing to work full time. He is truly a gift from God.

I have more good days than bad lately and one day a few weeks ago, I decided that I was going to cook dinner. I didn’t know what we had in the refrigerator or pantry since I haven’t been shopping so I decided to check out the situation. As I was poking around I felt like a contestant on the Food Network show, “Chopped” where you make a meal from odd ingredients.

Well, I found pasta of course (and one of my favorites, farfalle or the bow ties), prosciutto, frozen peas, chicken breast and half a container of mascarpone (Italian cream cheese). I could do something with that and pasta is always an easy dish. I announced to Bob that I was going to cook and he really wasn’t on board with it at first because I was still not allowed to lift a lot of weight and I have awful tremors from the medication and my hands shake 24/7, but I told him I would start and if I couldn’t do it, he would have to take over. So he agreed. He put the water up for the pasta and I was ready.

Although my body wasn’t as ready as my mind. Because I had just started walking, I still had the walker at all times so I had the walker set up in front of me at the counter and a kitchen chair behind me in case I needed to take breaks and sit. I should have had Bob take a picture of that but at the time I was too focused on being able to make dinner.

I had to sit and think of a plan because I couldn’t move around the kitchen freely and I was basically stationary in front of the cabinets and next to the stove. Bob was a call away, and he had to put the chicken in the oven for me.

I finally completed dinner and I considered it a success when Bob told me how much he missed my cooking. He needed a break from cooking and I needed to get back in the kitchen- my happy place.

The following is a list of ingredients and directions for this first meal I prepared post transplant. I hope you give it a try and enjoy. 

I will be posting more and more recipes that I have been preparing while recovering. I don’t have enough strength to cook every night but I am working on that and getting stronger for a tablescape.

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Farfalle with Prosciutto, Peas and Chicken in a Creamy Red Sauce

Ingredients:

3/4 lb pasta

1 lb chicken breast

1/2 cup chicken broth or water

1 can whole plum tomatoes – crushed by hand or food processor

2 shallots – diced

1-2 garlic cloves – minced

olive oil

garlic

prosciutto

basil, parsley & oregano (1 tsp. of each dried or fresh herbs)

8 oz mascarpone cheese

grated cheese to garnish

frozen peas

salt and pepper – to taste

Directions:

Place chicken breast in a small roasting pan and add 1/2 cup of broth or water and bake for 25 minutes COVERED on 350 degrees.  Remove from poaching liquid, let it cool and dice into cubes

Start to boil your water w/salt for the pasta

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and saute diced prosciutto until it starts to get crispy and remove to a paper towel.

To the same skillet add shallots and 1- 2 cloves of minced garlic (more olive oil can be added if needed) and saute for 1-2 minutes 

Add the crushed tomatoes and herbs, simmer for 10 minutes on medium and add the mascarpone cheese, frozen peas and simmer for 10-25 minutes while the pasta cooks.

When the sauce is done, add the pasta, chicken, prosciutto and some grated cheese. Season with salt & pepper.

 

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce …

 

Photo Jun 28, 9 16 36 PM CAPELLINI WITH FRESH TOMATOES

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Hi Everyone, 

Very busy since my last post and the time is flying by. I can’t believe that we are at the end of June already. Wasn’t it just Easter?

I have received several emails regarding a recipe that I had posted on Instagram and I wanted to share it with all of my DishingwithDiane members. The recipe is for a tomato sauce that takes less than 20 minutes and is made with fresh tomatoes. I use cherry tomatoes.

Sounds to good to be true, but it is.

With all of our gardens that are bountiful this time of year with tomatoes and basil (one of my favorite combinations), this recipe is perfect.

It is a go to recipe of mine for the summer months. 

It is much quicker than ordering take out and much healthier.

I hope you give it a try and let me know what you think.

Fresh Tomato Sauce with Garden Tomatoes

Photo Jun 28, 7 30 40 PM INGREDIENTS

Ingredients

3 pints of cherry tomatoes – washed and sliced in half — ( Roma or vine tomatoes can be used as well- your choice.)

1/3 cup olive oil

3 cloves of sliced garlic (or more)

Red pepper flakes

1 tbsp. of tomato paste

Salt and pepper

1 tsp. dried oregano

Fresh basil leaves

Fresh thyme

1 tbsp. butter

Pasta of your choice

½ to 1 cup of white wine (optional)

1 cup frozen or fresh peas (optional)

Diane’s tips: 

Dry herbs are stronger than fresh herbs so you need to use a smaller amount.

Don’t just sprinkle dried herbs in your pot, instead rub dried herbs between your fingers to crush the herb. This releases the oils that are left in the leaves which adds more flavor.

Directions:

Wash and slice 3 pints of cherry tomatoes in half, set aside

In a large skillet, add 1/3 cup olive oil, 3 cloves (or more) of sliced garlic and red pepper flakes (the desired amount you want).

Once the garlic starts to turn golden, add the tomato paste and saute for a few minutes to toast the tomato paste and blend it well with the garlic.

Next, add all of your tomatoes and season with salt, pepper, dried oregano, some fresh basil leaves and a few sprigs of fresh thyme.  I added 1 cup white wine (optional).

Simmer for approx. 15- 20 minutes on medium heat partially covered. Stir occasionally and crush the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon or a potato masher to release their juices.

Add peas now if using (optional)

In the meantime, make your pasta per directions, two minutes shy of al dente.  Reserve 1-2 cups of pasta water and add the drained pasta to the skillet to finish cooking.

If pasta sauce is too thick or too dry, add some pasta water- ( a tbsp. at a time).

Off heat, I finish the sauce with 1 tbsp of butter, grated cheese and a few fresh basil leaves.  Serve and enjoy!

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Saffron Fregola with Clams, Shrimp & Scallops

Photo Dec 11, 8 57 17 PM FREGOLA

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Hi Everyone,

I found another recipe I wanted to share.

If you are Italian, like me, then you know that Christmas Eve is a big culinary feast for all Italian families.

It is the Feast of the Seven Fishes or La Viglia.  Personally my favorite meal of the year.

La Viglia was held until the midnight hour when baby Jesus was born. It is an extensive seafood dinner and there has to be seven varieties of fish.

Every year I basically prepare the same menu……

  • linguine with crab sauce
  • shrimp cocktail
  • fried calamari
  • fried shrimp
  • fried eel
  • coconut shrimp
  • stuffed calamari
  • baked clams
  • crab cakes
  • baccala (cod) with tomatoes and potatoes
  • cold seafood salad (shrimp, squid, scallops, scungilli, celery, olives in a lemon olive oil dressing)
  • stuffed shrimp
  • scungilli in hot sauce
  • cold broccoli salad

This year I wanted to add something different to the menu and I started searching for recipes. I finally found a recipe that looked interesting that was on the Williams Sonoma website and decided to give it a test run. It was made with fregola pasta which I haven’t had in years so I was all excited.

WE LOVED IT and I want to share it with you today. Easy to prepare too.

It will definitely be on my table Christmas Eve.

Saffron Fregola with Seafood

A bit of culinary exotica, fregola is a type of pasta from the Italian island of Sardinia. The more common Israeli couscous may be substituted. Serve this hearty stew with a refreshing butter lettuce and pear salad and plenty of crusty bread for dipping.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. saffron threads
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2 lb. medium scallops, tough muscles removed
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup fregola (Sardinian couscous) or Israeli couscous
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 lb. clams, scrubbed
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions:

Crush the saffron in a small bowl and add the wine. Set aside.

In a large, heavy pot over high heat, warm 1 Tbs. of the olive oil. When the pan is very hot, add the shrimp and sear for 1 minute per side (do not cook all the way through). Transfer to a bowl. Add the scallops to the pot and sear for 1 minute per side, also without cooking all the way through. Transfer to the bowl with the shrimp.

Add the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil, the onion and garlic to the pot and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the saffron mixture and cook for 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the fregola and stir to combine, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 12 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the clams, discarding any that do not close to the touch. Cover the pot tightly and steam for 3 minutes. Remove the lid and quickly add the shrimp and scallops. Cover the pot tightly again and continue to cook just until the clams open and the shrimp and scallops are cooked through, about 3 minutes. Discard any clams that failed to open. Ladle the stew into warmed bowls, sprinkle with the parsley and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Soup of the Day, by Kate McMillan (Weldon Owen, 2011).

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I hope you try this dish and enjoy it as much as we did.

 

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Roses…Sweet and Savory

Photo Dec 03, 2 09 55 AM SWEET AND SAVORY

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Hi Everyone,

Well, I am back from my mini vacation visiting my son in upstate NY. In between going out and about on my visit, I spent my time cooking my son’s favorite foods along with a Thanksgiving dinner.

His refrigerator and freezer are stocked and now I am a happy mom.

He doesn’t have time to cook for himself with his work schedule and I feel better knowing that he is eating a home cooked meal instead of fast food.

While upstate, I had to visit my favorite grocery store, Wegmans. You all know by now that I just love that store. I am waiting for the day that they build one where I live.

Bob calls it Diane’s Disney for good reason. (I even went during snow flurries. Nothing was going to stop me.)

Anyway, we bought the most delicious (& huge) apples in Wegmans. On the way home, Bob asked if I wouldn’t mind making a dessert with them even though I had been cooking all week. So in the car, (I had eight hours to think driving home) I was trying to think of something to make with the apples. The usual apple pie and apple turnovers came to mind and then I thought about apple roses. They look beautiful and can be served warm with vanilla ice cream.

I always have puff pastry in the house and I had the other ingredients as well, so apple roses it is.

I had this recipe for a long time. I copied it from a post in Pinterest and I really don’t remember the original site I was on to tell you.

In addition, I have the perfect apple shaped dishes to serve them on.

I bought the apple dishes in Sur La Table when I went in to shop for a cast iron pan and found the dishes instead, along with an apple platter.

Here is a pic of my apple roses. They are Huge!

I told you the apples were big. Normally, I would serve 2, but with this size I chose to serve only one per plate. (Recipe will be at the end of the post.)

Photo Dec 03, 2 00 41 AM APPLE -CLOSE

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Since I was making a sweet “rose”, I decided I should make a savory rose and complete the meal. I had the perfect entree in mind too.

On our last trip to Boston, Bob and I ate in a great restaurant in the North End of Boston on the Freedom Trail called “Restaurante Limoncello” and I highly recommend it. I loved everything about this restaurant.

I had the best mussels and clams Calabrese style (spicy) appetizer I ever had. No other restaurant ever came close to the taste of that dish.

On the menu, their signature dish was “Rosette Limoncello”,  rosette means rose. Pasta roses? I had to order it and a beautiful plate of pasta shaped like roses in a cream sauce filled with ham and fontina cheese came to the table-  just delicious.

One day while browsing the “Chowhound” website, there was an article by “farmersdaughter” about pasta roses using the renowned Italian cookbook author, Marcella Hazan’s recipe. I finally had my recipe.

All in all they didn’t look too difficult. Much easier than I had imagined, but time consuming. Of course I had to make a little tweak. Her recipe calls for ham and Fontina cheese; I made mine with prosciutto and Asiago cheese. A combination that Bob and I like a little better.

The roses make a beautiful presentation for a primo piatto (first course) for a dinner party or the holidays.

Two or three roses with some basil for a garnish and you are done.

Here is the pic of my Rosette di Pasta (Recipe at the end of the post)

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I hope you try either of these recipes and add them to your holiday menu.

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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RECIPES

Apple Roses

Photo Dec 03, 2 00 06 AM APPLE ROSES

serves 6

Ingredients:

2 apples (pink lady, braeburn, or honeycrisp)
Juice of half a lemon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
Flour, for dusting
3 tablespoons apricot or strawberry preserves
Powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a standard muffin tin.

Core the apples and slice in half. Using a very sharp knife or mandolin on the second setting, slice paper thin 1/8-inch slices and immediately sprinkle and toss in lemon juice prevent browning.

Toss in the butter, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Microwave the slices for 45 seconds, or until soft and pliable enough to mold.

Place the puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface. Roll out into a 9 by 12-inch rectangle. Cut six 2-inch wide strips of dough.

In a small bowl, combine the preserves with 2 tablespoons of water. Microwave for 30 seconds if it was refrigerated. Spread evenly over each strip of dough.

Arrange about 10 apple slices lengthwise in a straight line, overlapping slightly, on a strip of dough.

Fold up the bottom part of the dough and begin tightly rolling the dough to form the rose shape. Press the edge to seal. Repeat for all the pies and place in the muffin tin.

Make ahead: at this point the unbaked assembled roses can be covered and stored in the fridge for up to 1 day before baking as directed.

Bake for 40 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Pastries are best served the day they are baked but can be stored in an airtight container and rewarmed in a 300°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until warmed through and flaky again.

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Pasta Roses

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Recipe for Roselline di Pasta alla Romagnola (Pasta Roses with Ham and Fontina) from the Chowhound article…

Serves 6

Ingredients:

about 1 pound fresh pasta sheets, cut about 4″ wide and 10″ long
salt
4 T unsalted butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 T tomato paste
1/8 tsp grated nutmeg
1 1/2 lbs boiled, unsmoked ham, sliced very thin
1 pound fontina, shredded
about 3 T grated parmigiano-reggiano

Cook the pasta strips 2 or 3 at a time in boiling salted water for a few seconds, then remove from the water with a spider and shock in ice water. Rinse each pasta strip well in cold water and rub together to remove as much starch as possible—as Marcella says, “as if you are doing a fine laundry.” Lay the strips out on the counter on a towel and repeat with the remaining strips.

Preheat the oven to 450. Put butter and cream in a small saucepan and heat to medium and reduce the cream a bit, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and the nutmeg and whisk lightly to dissolve the tomato paste, continuing to cook to thicken the sauce to about buttermilk consistency, about another 5 minutes. Spread a thin layer of the sauce into the bottom of a 9×13 pan.

On each pasta strip, place a single layer of sliced ham and then cover with a layer of cheese. My ham slices were exactly 4″ wide so no trimming was necessary, but the ham should fit the slice without overlapping it on the sides. Roll up the pasta like a jelly roll and place seam-side down on the towel while you do the other rolls. After you have done all the rolls, cut them in half so they are about 2″ thick. Then with a paring knife on one side of each ring, make an “X” about 1/2″ deep. This will help the roses “bloom.” (Mine didn’t bloom as much as I wanted, but they still looked very pretty.)

Put the roses in the baking dish with the cross cuts face up and distribute the remaining sauce over them with a pastry brush. Press down a bit on the roses to help them open slightly. Sprinkle with the parmigiano-reggiano and bake for about 15 minutes, until a light crust forms on top. Let them sit for about 5 minutes before serving. (Everything but the baking can be done in advance, just make sure that if you make it ahead and refrigerate it that it’s at room temperature before you put it in the oven.)

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Give these recipes a try and let me know what you think.

Photo Dec 03, 2 09 55 AM SWEET AND SAVORY

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

Photo Oct 09, 8 02 56 PM sweet potato gnocchi

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Hi Everyone, 

Here is another recipe that was requested from DishingwithDiane’s Instagram page.

Welcome to Fall!

My husband LOVES gnocchi and he loves anything that is made with sweet potatoes. He will always be the one to order the sweet potato fries or the sweet potato pie.

When I found this recipe on Epicurious for sweet potato gnocchi, I knew it would be a match made in heaven for Bob to have two of his favorites combined together.

The recipe called for a brown butter sage sauce and I just added some toasted walnuts (toasted pecans would be good also). 

The end result was a delicious Autumn meal even though it has been 80 degrees here on the Northeast (which I personally LOVE).

Give the recipe a try and let me know what you think.

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage

Epicurious recipe…

Makes 10 to 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • (2) 1-pound red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams), rinsed, patted dry, pierced all over with fork
  • (1) 12-ounce container fresh ricotta cheese, drained in sieve 2 hours
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 3 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2- 3/4 cups (about) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh sage plus whole leaves for garnish

Cooks note: I added toasted walnuts.

Preparation:

  1. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place sweet potatoes on plate; microwave on high until tender, about 5 minutes per side. Cut in half and cool. Scrape sweet potato flesh into medium bowl and mash; transfer 3 cups to large bowl. Add ricotta cheese; blend well. Add Parmesan cheese, brown sugar, 2 teaspoons salt, and nutmeg; mash to blend. Mix in flour, about 1/2 cup at a time, until soft dough forms.
  3. Turn dough out onto floured surface; divide into 6 equal pieces. Rolling between palms and floured work surface, form each piece into 20-inch-long rope (about 1 inch in diameter), sprinkling with flour as needed if sticky. Cut each rope into 20 pieces. Roll each piece over tines of fork to indent. Transfer to baking sheet.
  4. Bring large pot of water to boil; add 2 tablespoons salt and return to boil. Working in batches, boil gnocchi until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer gnocchi to clean rimmed baking sheet. Cool completely. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)
  5. Preheat oven to 300°F. Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until butter solids are brown and have toasty aroma, swirling pan occasionally, about 5 minutes.  (I added the walnuts at this point and let them cook for the 5 minutes).
  6. Add chopped sage (mixture will bubble up). Turn off heat. Season sage butter generously with salt and pepper.
  7. Transfer half of sage butter to large skillet set over medium-high heat. Add half of gnocchi. Sauté until gnocchi are heated through, about 6 minutes. Empty skillet onto rimmed baking sheet; place in oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining sage butter and gnocchi.
  8. Divide gnocchi and sauce among shallow bowls. Garnish with sage leaves.

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

 

Photo Sep 11, 1 51 06 PM SPINACH ROLLS

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Hi Everyone, 

Here is another recipe that has been requested from DishingwithDiane’s Instagram page.

Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

Very easy to prepare. 

In the photo above, I sliced the roll ups in half and paired it with grilled chicken sausage that was made with spinach and garlic and served this for lunch. A side salad can be added.

For lunch or a buffet table,  I slice the roll up in half. I think it makes a nicer presentation to see the filling.

For dinner, I serve the entire roll up which is one lasagna noodle and an additional vegetable or protein.

Give the recipe a try and let me know what you think.

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups 

(recipe from: taste of home website)

Ingredients:

  • 12 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2-1/2 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (I used whole milk mozzarella)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) meatless pasta sauce OR HOMEMADE SAUCE. (I used my own marinara sauce).

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Cook and drain noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, mix eggs, spinach, cheeses and seasonings.
  • Pour 1 cup pasta sauce into an ungreased 13×9-in. baking dish. Spread 1/3 cup cheese mixture over each noodle; roll up and place over sauce, seam side down. Top with remaining sauce. Bake, covered, 20 minutes. Uncover; bake until heated through, 5-10 minutes. Yield: 6 servings.

I topped the roll ups with grated cheese.

 

 

Spicy Linguine with White Clam Sauce

Photo Mar 06, 7 53 35 PM LINGUINE WITH SPICY CLAM SAUCE

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Hi everyone, 

I hope your Passover and Easter holidays were wonderful. 

I had my son home for an 11 day visit, so life was good for me. Since my son couldn’t be home for Thanksgiving and Christmas last year; in one week I made a full Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas Eve “Feast of the Seven Fishes” dinner and Easter dinner.

In addition to all his other favorite foods.

Let’s just say it was a busy week in the kitchen, but a labor of love.

And would you believe, after all of that and a few nights out to dinner, we still needed a few more dinner ideas to prepare for the rest of the week.

 I immediately thought of one of my “new” favorite recipes that I must tell you about.

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I have mentioned before that I belong to a variety of food groups on Facebook; where we exchange recipes and have conversations about family and food. It is a wonderful experience for people like me who love to cook.

Not only do I get new recipes to try, but I have also met the nicest people. Bob and I have even met some of these people in person and we have become good friends. 

I met our friend Richard Roselli, on his website,

Italian Men and Women Who Love to Cook 

This website has terrific members not only sharing great recipes, but also sharing family holiday traditions with one another.

And Richard has also just launched a new business that has become a great success.

Creative Cookies and Confections, Inc. 

Visit his website, here is the link below.

https://m.facebook.com/CreativeCookiesandConfections

If you need cookies for any occasions, he is the one to call.

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One of my other Facebook friends, Len Boccassini also has a website.

Visit his website, here is the link below.

http://www.foodidude.com/

On this website you will find a vast variety of recipes. 

It was Len’s website where I found one of my new favorite recipes and I want to share it with you today… with Len’s blessing.

“Aggie’s Spicy Linguine in White Clam Sauce”

I love clams and linguine and I love spicy so this is the perfect combination for me. I just made a little tweak with adding chorizo sausage instead of a habanero pepper- hope you don’t mind Len.

You have to try this if you LOVE seafood.

This is a winner! Enjoy

Len has so many fantastic recipes on his website, you have to check it out.

I hope you make Spicy Linguine with Clam Sauce and LOVE it as much as I do. 

Ciao!

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Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

This is Len’s photo from his website that I fell in love with and knew I had to make this dish…

The photo at the top of this page is my rendition of this dish.

How delicious does that look?

Who could resist?

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So here is the recipe…

Ingredients:

8 oz. linguine

12 to 24 little neck clams, rinsed and scrubbed

1 lb. pre-shelled clam meat

½ cup dry white wine

¼ cup clam juice

¼ cup plus 1 tbsp. fresh flat leaf parsley, divided

½ tsp sea salt divided

1 tbsp. unsalted butter

1 tbsp. minced garlic (about 3 cloves)

½ to 1 tsp red pepper flakes

¾ cup unsalted diced tomatoes

½ onion, chopped

1 habanero pepper, minced – I used chorizo sausage instead*

Oregano to taste

Chopped basil to taste

Grated cheese

Preparation:

Cook pasta according to package directions using ¼ tsp salt. Drain well

Meanwhile, in a pot over medium heat, melt 1 tbsp. unsalted butter.

I lightly sauteed some chorizo in the butter*

Add the clams, clam meat, garlic, onion and red pepper flakes and sauté until garlic is fragrant, about 1 – 2 minutes.  

Add tomatoes, wine, clam juice, ¼ cup parsley, habanero (I used chorizo), oregano, basil and remaining ¼ tsp salt and increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer.

Cover and cook just until the clams open about 10 minutes – NOTE- TO AVOID OVERCOOKING, START CHECKING THE CLAMS AFTER 8 MINUTES AND REMOVE THEM AS THEY OPEN, TRANSFERRING TO A BOWL

Discard any unopened clams and stir cooked clams back into the pot

Stir in the pasta and toss well.

Garnish with remaining 1 tbsp. parsley and top with grated cheese

COOKS NOTE: * indicates my changes

Have fun cooking!

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Spaghetti Pie

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Hi everyone,

Today I wanted to share with you a little tip for leftover spaghetti.

This is a great addition to a Lenten meal if you need a new idea.

When I was a child, my mother followed all the European formal traditions when it came to the structure of our meals.

We always had…

First course (primo) – usually a small portion of soup, macaroni or risotto.

Second course (secondo) – either fish, beef, chicken, veal, or lamb.

Lots of vegetables (contorno)- broccoli rabe, escarole, artichokes, etc.

Salad (insalata) and yes, served AFTER the entree.

Fruit (frutta) to end the meal.

Beverages (bevande) were usually wine or soda for adults and water or juice for the children.

If we had company, some items were added…

 Before the meal appetizers – (antipasto) Assorted cheeses, cured meats and pickled vegetables. (Another favorite of mine – sharp provolone and sopressata).

Cheese (formaggio) was added to the fruit course along with roasted nuts.

Dessert (dolce) – pastries and cookies.

Caffe (coffee) both “American” and espresso with anisette and lemon peel.

After dinner drink (digestivo) – I remember my parents serving Fernet and Limoncello. 

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This is how I thought everyone ate until the ripe old age of seven, when my mother finally let me eat over someones house that wasn’t a relative who followed the same rules she did. I remember I was quite surprised when my friends mother made meatloaf, no first course or sides, except a salad and she served the salad with the main course. I was disappointed and missed my mother’s courses…

So back home to mom … 

I don’t think I asked to eat over anyone’s house after that for a very long time. My friends came to our house….

The course I loved the best was always the first course. This course consisted of either a bowl of soup (I love soup), some type of risotto, polenta or macaroni.

One of my favorite primo piatto, was spaghetti pie.

My mother could re-purpose leftovers and you thought you were having a gourmet meal. If we had spaghetti for lunch one day, I knew that spaghetti pie was going to be our first course the next night.

Basically, you take your leftover spaghetti, add eggs, half and half or milk, grated cheese, salt and pepper, fresh parsley or basil (optional) and fry it stove top in a skillet until it’s nice and crispy on both sides.

If we had any meatballs or sausage left from a homemade meat sauce, my mom would break a few pieces into the mix as well.

Diced mozzarella and some ricotta could be added too.

There are so many varieties of spaghetti pie.

It was a spaghetti “frittata” and I wanted to share the basic recipe with you.

The spaghetti pie below was made from leftover tri- color spaghetti that I made with ricotta, mozzarella, lots of onions and fresh basil.

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Here is a basic recipe for…

Spaghetti Pie

Ingredients
2 – 3 large eggs (depends on egg size and amount of spaghetti)
1/4 cup whole milk or half and half
1/2 cup grated cheese (Parmesan or locatelli)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Leftover spaghetti (with tomato sauce or ricotta and onions, or oil and garlic)
2-3 tbsp. olive oil

Optional additions: parsley, basil, ricotta, mozzarella, onions…anything goes.

In a large bowl, beat eggs, milk or half & half, grated cheese, salt and pepper. Any “optional’ additions.

Add leftover spaghetti and combine well.

In a large skillet, (I use a 10 inch ceramic coated frittata frying pan) heat olive oil over medium heat.

Add spaghetti and egg mixture, spreading evenly and pressing down in the pan with a spatula.

Cook until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Lift to check on the color underneath. When completely satisfied, shake the skillet a little to loosen the pie and “Carefully” invert the pie onto a plate.

Add a little more oil to the pan, and slide mixture back into skillet and cook the other side for 6 minutes. Serve warm or room temperature cut into wedges

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COOKS NOTE:  After all these years, I decided to treat myself to a frittata pan to make flipping the pie much easier since I make so many frittatas and spaghetti pies.

I bought this pan from Williams Sonoma in 10 inch. (also comes in 8 inch). The skillets can be used separately but are a blessing when it comes to frittata.

 The two nonstick pans interlock so you do not have to worry about “your skills and the plate” flipping in perfect harmony.

Back in the day, I have had many frittatas and spaghetti pies slip off the plate and onto the stove top when I couldn’t invert the plate correctly.

Don’t be discouraged if you have trouble flipping the pie at first, it takes a little practice.

But spaghetti pies are great!

Go make one for your family.

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Well, I hope I gave you a new idea for lunch or dinner.

Give this recipe a try for something different to serve from your leftover spaghetti and surprise your family.

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,

Diane

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St. Joseph’s Day 2017

photo courtesy of zazzlefeast_day_of_st_joseph_card_march_19-r5ffbc83794be45c1a16d208c74e4073e_xvuat_8byvr_400 HAPPY FEAST OF ST JOSEPH

Hi Everyone,

 Every year on March 19th we pay special tribute to St. Joseph.

I am posting this a day early, just in case you want to look over and include one of the traditional recipes for your St. Joseph’s Day dinner.

There really is no tablescape to set for St. Joseph Day, so I am re-posting about the history of this holiday and all the traditional delicious food on the St. Joseph’s Day menu.

Especially the sfinge di San Giuseppe and zeppole pastries many people are familiar with. Enjoy !

All recipes are at the end of the post…

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Saint Joseph is the patron saint for my family, so instead of a tablescape, I decided to share with you some of my family traditions and customary foods for this special holiday.

Before we start, a little background for Saint Joseph or San Giuseppe that might help you understand the holiday a little better. Saint Joseph was the husband of Mary. It is in Sicily where Saint Joseph is regarded as their patron saint for preventing a famine during the Middle Ages. There was a severe drought and the people prayed to Saint Joseph for rain. They promised that if he answered their prayers and the rain came they would prepare a feast in his honor.

Well, the rain came and the people prepared a large banquet. Legend has it that the fava bean was the crop which saved the population from starvation and that is always part of the Saint Joseph day dinner.

Some people keep painted fava beans as a good luck charm.

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When I was younger (much younger), on Saint Joseph’s Day my Grandmother would take me to bring food to the Saint Joseph’s Day altar of her local church after Mass. Many of the older generations set up altars in their homes, but we did not. We always wore red to honor Saint Joseph, in the same way that green is worn on Saint Patrick’s Day.

The altars are quite a sight to see and they have 3 tiers to represent the Holy Trinity. The top tier holds the statue of Saint Joseph surrounded by flowers (especially lilies). The reason is that – “The lily is associated with Saint Joseph, spouse of Mary, through an ancient legend that he was chosen from among other men by the blossoming of his staff like a lily”. 

 The other tiers hold candles, figurines, special breads, pastries, lemons for luck, fava beans, pineapple for hospitality and wine. There is also a basket on the bottom tier where you can place prayer petitions.

 Here is a picture I found of of a Saint Joseph’s Day altar just to give you a better idea. Definitely wouldn’t work in my dining room.

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 In my family, my Grandmother (even though we are not Sicilian) believed deeply that praying to Saint Joseph would protect her family and she bought all her grandchildren, at a very young age, a statue of Saint Joseph.

This is a photo of mine that I proudly display in my bedroom today. It is over 50 years old. In fact, my son’s middle name is Joseph to honor Saint Joseph.

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In addition to the celebration of Saint Joseph’s Day, I have always enjoyed the FOOD for Saint Joseph’s Day.

Many of you know this day only by the pastry (zeppole or sfinge di San Giuseppe) but we had a fantastic meal before the pastry.

(There were no words to describe how fantastic these pastries are).

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Purchased at Alpine Bakery- Smithtown, NY

My family (especially my dad) would make the pilgrimage each year to Arthur Avenue in the Bronx because we wouldn’t run the risk of buying ingredients at a local grocery store and be disappointed. No, ingredients had to be Italian and imported. No questions asked.

If you ever have the chance to visit Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, NY you will be thrilled. The food is so fresh and it is like stepping back in time with the mom and pop shops. But Arthur Avenue isn’t just shops, it’s restaurants as well and the food is fabulous.

A real Little Italy.

Different regions celebrate Saint Joseph’s Day differently but all involve meatless foods (because this holiday always falls during Lent), minestrone soup and pasta with breadcrumbs (The breadcrumbs represent saw dust since Saint Joseph was a carpenter), seafood, and fava beans for luck and for dessert, the star of the show, zeppole and sfinge di San Giuseppe.

Here is a picture of my minestrone soup.

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In my family, we made minestrone soup followed by bucatini with anchovies and breadcrumbs. (For those of you who are not familiar, bucatini is basically a larger spaghetti with a hole inside. Another pasta that is traditional is mafaldine; this looks like thin strips of lasagna noodles). Sicilians usually make the dish with sardines (Pasta con Sarde) instead of the anchovies.

Here is a picture of my bucatini with breadcrumbs.

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The Saint Joseph’s Day bread was another special part of the meal and my Dad would buy the bread and have it blessed before he brought it home.

It is a round crusty loaf scored with a cross and flavored with anise.

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And now back to the pastries. They are called zeppole or sfinge di San Guiseppe and I am sure you have all seen them. It’s a sweet dough like a big cream puff split and filled. They can be filled two ways. One with cannoli cream with tiny chocolate chips and candied fruit and also with custard cream; both topped with powdered sugar and a cherry and both delicious. Every year I always have to have one with each filling.

A fine tradition I passed along to my son.

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A lot of the old traditions unfortunately are not practiced as much today. Grandparents and parents have passed on and lives have become much busier, but I try to keep as many traditions going in my family as I can. I do make the bucatini with anchovies and the minestrone soup, but I buy my pastries because baking is just not my thing. (I have included the recipe at the bottom of the post, in case you want to take the baking challenge). I personally don’t make the fava beans for this holiday either, but I wanted to mention it again because it stands for “good luck” in case you wanted to include them on your menu.

All in all this holiday brings back great memories for me when I was younger and my family was still here with me, enjoying each others company and a great meal together.

Here is a picture of me (I am the toddler) with my parents, grandmother and two older sisters. All of my family have passed on now and all are missed every day. I keep the traditions alive to honor them; and thank them for all they have taught me about traditions and being proud of my heritage. 

Squeglia Family

I don’t have many photos for this holiday but at the bottom of this post, I will leave you with some traditional recipes if you want to celebrate St Joseph’s Day with your family.

It has been my pleasure to share my traditions with you for this special day. I hope this post gave a few of you some inspiration to try some new Saint Joseph’s Day holiday recipes.

Until my next post, stay well and make every day a celebration!

Diane

Saint Joseph’s Day is also the birthday of my dear friend Sue Tetonic.

Happy Birthday Sue!

RECIPES

Toasted Fresh Bread Crumbs

Warm 2 tablespoon olive oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat.  Add 3/4 cup of fresh breadcrumbs and stir to coat with oil.  Cook, stirring constantly, until the crumbs are golden brown and crunchy, about 5 minutes. I add a little grated cheese to the breadcrumbs as well. You can never have to much cheese.

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Bucatini with Anchovies and Breadcrumbs

Revised

Ingredients:

12 anchovy fillets in olive oil, finely chopped with the oil from the can (small can- 2 oz.)….for a stronger anchovy flavor add two cans.

Salt and pepper to taste

1 pound bucatini

1/2 cup olive oil + 3 TBSP

4-6 large garlic cloves, sliced and divided

Large pinch of red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Grated cheese

1 and 1/3 cup toasted fresh breadcrumbs (1 cup for sauce * 1/3 cup for garnish)

 Directions:

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Reserve pasta water.

In a small skillet, add 3 TBSP of olive oil and approximately 3 cloves of sliced garlic and warm on a very low temperature (you want to flavor the oil)

While the pasta is cooking, heat ½ Cup of the olive oil in a large pot over medium-low heat

Add 3 cloves of sliced garlic, red pepper flakes, and the finely chopped anchovies. 

Cook, stirring until the anchovies dissolve. (Be careful of splatters)

Remove from the heat. 

Add 1 cup toasted breadcrumbs and stir for 1 minute to combine the oil and breadcrumbs

Add 3 ladles of pasta water to make a sauce 

Return to the heat on low and stir in the parsley

Add the drained cooked pasta to the pot with the anchovy sauce. Toss until the strands are well coated

Slowly add the warm garlic oil with sliced garlic and mix well.

Season with salt & pepper

Transfer the pasta to individual serving bowls.

Top each serving with a sprinkling of the reserved breadcrumbs and grated cheese.  

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Minestrone Soup

Ingredients:

¼ cup olive oil

1 cup onion, finely chopped

½ cup celery, with leaves, chopped

1 carrot, sliced thin

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

1 (28 oz.) can of whole tomatoes, with juice

1 large can of cannellini beans

5 cups of beef or vegetable stock

½ cup flat parsley, finely chopped

1- 2 cups finely sliced, then roughly chopped spinach

2 zucchini, unpeeled and cut into little cubes

½ cup small pasta (like ditalini)

Freshly grated Parmesan or Locatelli cheese

1 tsp. dried basil (optional)

1 tsp. dried oregano (optional)

pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions:

Sauté the onion, carrot and celery in the olive oil until soft. Toss in the garlic and stir for another minute.

Cut up the tomatoes and add them to the pot and cook down for 15 minutes.

Stir in the beef or vegetable stock and the bay leaf and beans and bring to a boil. Add half the parsley, dried oregano, dried basil, pinch of red pepper and lower the heat and cook for about 30 minutes

Add the spinach, zucchini and pasta and cook at a gentle boil until the pasta is tender. * If you are not serving the soup immediately, make the pasta separately and add to the soup when serving otherwise the pasta will absorb all the soup if left in the pot to sit.

When ready to serve, stir in the rest of the parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and serve with the crusty bread and topped with grated cheese

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Fava Beans
(I do not remember who gave me this recipe).

Ingredients:

1 lb. dried fava beans
1 bunch green onions
1 medium onion
4 cloves garlic
3 bay leaves
chopped parsley
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook dried fava beans in boiling water until tender, adding more water as needed. Sauté seasonings in olive oil ’til tender, then add to beans. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve in soup bowls.

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Zeppole di San Giuseppe

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(Makes about 12 (2-1/2-inch) zeppoles

Ingredients:

 Pastry:

1 cup water

3 tablespoons butter

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Pinch of salt

1 cup flour

4 eggs

Filling:

1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup whole milk

2 egg yolks

1/2 tablespoon dark rum

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup heavy cream, whipped

 Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Maraschino cherries

 Directions:

 To make the pastry:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

 In a medium saucepan, combine water, butter, sugar, and salt. Bring to a

boil.  Remove from heat.  With a wooden spoon, beat in flour all at once.

Return to low heat.  Continue beating until mixture forms a ball and leaves

side of pan.  Remove from heat.  Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating hard

after each addition until smooth.  Continue beating until dough is satiny and

breaks in strands.  Allow the mixture to cool.

 Transfer the dough to a pastry bag with a large star tip.  For each pastry,

pipe a 2-1/2 -inch spiral with a raised outer wall on the baking sheet.  Bake

for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown.  Remove and allow to cool before

filling.

 To make the filling:

Combine sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan.  In a bowl, whisk together

milk and egg yolks  Whisk milk mixture into sugar mixture.  Place the

saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking

constantly.  Boil for 1 minute; remove from heat.  Stir in rum, orange zest,

and vanilla.  Transfer the pastry cream to a bowl. Place a piece of plastic

wrap directly on the surface. Allow to cool for 30 minutes and then

refrigerate until cold.  Fold in the whipped cream.

 To assemble the zeppole:

Cut the pastries in half horizontally.  Transfer the filling mixture to a pastry

bag with a star tip.  Pipe some of the filling onto the cut side of the bottom

half of each pastry.  Place the top half of the pastry on the filling.

Pipe a small amount of the filling into the hole in the center of each pastry.

Place a maraschino cherry in the middle.  Dust the pastries with

confectioners’ sugar.

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Fig Cookies (Cuccidate)

Courtesy of Paula Carbone Gati from facebook page- Born Again Italian

Dough:

4 cups of flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups of butter, cut in 1/2 inch cubes
1/4 cup of Crisco, cold and broken into small pieces
2 eggs
1/2 cup of milk
2 tsp vanilla

Filling:

One 12 oz pkg of dried figs, I use either mission or calimyrna
1/2 cup almonds… chopped,,,not to fine,,,more on the course side
1/2 cup of dates -no pits
1/2 cup of raisins
1/3 cup of honey
1/4 cup of orange marmalade
1/4 cup whiskey
1 tsp of good cinnamon

Icing:

4 cups confectionary sugar
a few table spoons of milk
nonpareils

Directions:

In stand mixer…mix all dry ingredients, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt set aside….to this add butter pieces little at a time, then cold Crisco, then have all wet ingredients mixed and slowly add this to the flour until a nice smooth dough forms…after the dough comes together..put on table and knead a few minutes till the dough is smooth, add more flour if necessary… make a smooth ball and cover in saran and refrigerate …while you prepare filling

I double this recipe..because I make a big batch and for the amount of work that goes into this its best to do it at once…it makes approx 5 doz cookies for this recipe…. which is a good amount..but you can freeze these cookies..I usually pack 6 at a time in a Ziploc then put in glad ware container and take out as needed..they freeze really good.

I remove the dried stems from the figs, and put all the dried fruits through the meat grinder
when all the fruit is ground up I add the rest of ingredients,,, and mix really well…I usually let this sit over night for all the flavors to really marry.

Start the assembly…taking a piece of dough at a time roll out to make approx a 3 inch by 12 inch rectangle..cut with knife to square off…then take the fig filling and make a log approx 12 inches long….place this log onto the rectangle of dough and roll and have seam side down….cut approx 1 1/2 inch pieces and place on parchment lined cookie sheets…..350 degree oven for approx 15 minutes, till bottoms are slightly golden…
Make icing and after cookies are cool….spread a little icing onto each little bundle and sprinkle with some nonpareils…

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