Ricotta Pie

A savory ricotta “pie” with eggs, sour cream and parmesan cheese topped with roasted Roma tomatoes.

Calling this a pie is kind of deceptive. It’s more casserole than pie. There’s no crust. And it’s not sweet – the first thing I think when I hear the word pie…. 

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Crockpot Mediterranean Chicken Ragù with Orecchiette

Mediterranean chicken ragù with artichokes, capers, roasted red peppers, fennel, garlic, tomatoes and orrechiette pasta. Little ears.  With their hollowed out nooks they capture the slow-cooked melange of vegetables and seasoned chicken so tender it falls apart merely by touch.

This sauce was the best way to use up the half-eaten jars of Italian delicacies languishing in my fridge.

There’s that.

And this. . …. 

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40 Cloves of Garlic Spaghetti

Whole garlic cloves are caramelized stove-top in an olive oil and butter bath until they turn a gorgeous shade of warm, golden brown all the way through to their very centers. The cloves are briefly simmered in tomato sauce then tossed with spaghetti and fresh basil before being served with Romano cheese…. 

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Italian Easter Egg Bread

Italian Easter bread is a tradition in my house. The bread is made of a yeasted sweet dough with colored eggs nestled inside a circular two-rope braid.

Almost as eagerly anticipated as the coveted candy-filled basket, we would eat slices of it smeared with salty butter followed by the baked eggs. It was an Easter morning ritual that I still love to this day…. 

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