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Eating through Sicily: What to eat on your next Sicilian trip from Cannoli to Panelle

Eating through Sicily: What to eat on your next Sicilian trip from Cannoli to Panelle

Italy's biggest island, Sicily, has a rich and diverse cuisine, much like its geography and culture. Situated at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Sicily has been shaped by centuries of foreign rule and trade, resulting in a unique blend of flavors, ingredients, and cooking techniques, making it a culinary destination from professional chefs and kitchen connoisseurs to curious foodies and cultural junkies. 

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The history and origins of Pizza

The history and origins of Pizza

Today, pizza has shifted entirely from a dish of basic necessity to one of convenience but the fundamental principles behind this remain the same; it is cheap, quick to prepare and even quicker to eat. Naples still remains its rightful home and undoubtedly prepares the best you will ever have. But in the meantime, the widespread availability leaves all cravings satisfied.

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Leslie's Kitchen: Italian Bread Dipping Oil

Leslie's Kitchen: Italian Bread Dipping Oil

This delicious and healthy Mediterranean dip that can be assembled right before your next dinner party or for a quick weekend dinner with family. You’ll need your favorite olive oil, sun dried tomatoes, olives, pine nuts (or walnuts) basil, Parmesan cheese, and of course lots of bread for dipping.

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Sunday Ragu: A Neapolitan Delicacy

Sunday Ragu: A Neapolitan Delicacy

If Rome is the cultural capital of Italy, then Naples is most certainly the capital of food. From the first pizza makers to bakery racks filled with fresh pastries stuffed with warm ricotta and jams, I fell in love with Naples both at first sight and at first bite. After all, Naples has a rich and diverse culinary history shaped by centuries, making it a food destination not for the weak.

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Frank Occhino's Easy Homemade Pizza

Frank Occhino's Easy Homemade Pizza

Dive into homemade pizza making with a touch of Frank Occhino's magic. Whether you're cooking leisurely or in a hurry, our two dough recipes have you covered: from a slow-fermented dough for depth of flavor to a quick and convenient version. Simple, fresh, and delicious—let's make pizza, gratsi style. Ready, set,...

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Leslie's Kitchen: Chocolate Dipped Oranges

Leslie's Kitchen: Chocolate Dipped Oranges

Looking for a sweet dessert option without too much prep? Try candied oranges dipped in chocolate! Serve these at your next dinner party or store in an airtight container and pull one out when you’re craving something sweet.

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Leslie's Kitchen: Roasted Veggie Chicken Chili

Leslie's Kitchen: Roasted Veggie Chicken Chili

Cold winter nights call for a warm bowl of stew and a slice of crusty sourdough bread. Try this roasted Veggie Chicken Chili and I promise it will become one of your favorites!

Packed with carrots, sweet potato, and cauliflower, this chili is rich in fiber and immune-boosting nutrients. Use your leftover roasted chicken or pick up a roasted chicken at your local natural foods market.  

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The Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre

Easily reachable by train from all major Italian cities, the Cinque Terre makes the perfect getaway all year round, from long summer months spent at sea to chillier, blue-skied winter days. If you're planning a trip or simply curious, let's look at what each sleepy village has to offer. 

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Italy's very own Blue Zone

Italy's very own Blue Zone

Ah, Blue Zones! There are these remarkable regions around the world where people tend to live much longer than average. And I am talking at 85 or even 90, but more like 100 and 105! Have you ever heard of them? 

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Leslie's Kitchen: Hearty Minestrone Soup

Leslie's Kitchen: Hearty Minestrone Soup

I like to prepare this over the weekend and then reheat it during the week when life gets crazy. The beans, potato, and Parmesan make this a hearty meatless meal.  If you still feel like you need a little extra, serve with turkey or chicken sausage.  Don’t forget the warm, crusty bread!

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