The Italian Cuisine

It is no lie – Italian people have a passion for life, family, tradition and most of all food. The different regions of Italy contain different styles, techniques and customs especially when it comes to the appetizing cuisine. Italy’s fresh markets, healthy habits and sweet flavors are the perfect combination for a great meal to enjoy with your family. 

I hope you enjoy, sample and experience my Grandma Sarah’s favorite recipes from my family to yours.

Salad

Caprese Salad

2 pounds of ripe sliced tomatoes
1 pound fresh sliced mozzarella
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
5 to 8 fresh basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Position tomato slices on platter.
  2. Add a piece of fresh mozzarella on top of every tomato.
  3. Sprinkle extra-virgin olive oil over mozzarella
  4. Add basil leaves, season and serve.

Sauce

Marinara Sauce

1/4 cup of olive oil
4 cloves of garlic
1 35oz can of imported Italian tomatoes, Italian San Marzano tomatoes preferred
3 basil chopped leaves
1/2 teaspoon of oregano
salt & pepper to taste

  1. Mix garlic and cup of olive oil into large pan on stove.
  2. Turn heat on to medium and cook until garlic softens and lightly browns.
  3. Squeeze tomatoes and add to pan.
  4. Add seasoning (feel free to add your own) basil leaves, oregano, salt & pepper.
  5. Wait until boil, lower heat and cook for 20-25 min.

Pasta Dishes

Spaghetti and Meatballs

For the meatballs:
1/2 lb ground beef
1/2 lb ground pork
1/2 lb ground veal
3 slices of Italian bread soaked in milk (squeeze dry)
1/2 chopped onion
2 tablespoons of parsley
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
2 eggs
Vegetable oil.

For the pasta:
1 pound of spaghetti
1/3 cup olive oil
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 chopped onion
2 28 oz cans of tomato puree
1/4 cup of water
2 basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon oregano
salt and pepper

  1. For meatballs, combine all ingredients except for vegetable oil.
  2. Knead mixture gently.
  3. Shape into balls (maximum 2 inches in diameter).
  4. Heat up oil into large pan. 
  5. Place balls into pan, pre-heat oven 450 degrees, heat until brown on all sides.
  6. Heat oil into pot over medium heat.
  7. Add garlic and onion with oil until oil is translucent.
  8. Add tomatoes, and seasoning (basil, oregano, salt/pepper).
  9. Add water and bring to a boil, after boil lower heat.
  10. Simmer for 45 min. and add meatballs.
  11. Simmer for 30 min.
  12. For pasta, bring large pot to boil.
  13. Add salt and spaghetti until cooked.
  14. Drain pasta, add sauce, add meatballs and enjoy.

Desserts

Anisette Cookies

2 large eggs
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons of anisette liquor
1 tablespoon oil
1/4 cup of butter
2 2/3 cups of flour
White icing
1 cup of glazing sugar
4 teaspoons milk
4 teaspoons light corn syrup

  1. Beat eggs in mixing bowl.
  2. Add sugar, salt, baking powder, liquor into bowl and beat.
  3. Beat together oil and butter in another small bowl and stir into batter.
  4. Slowly add flour into mixture (use judgment until form soft dough).
  5. Refrigerate for several hours.
  6. Shape dough into balls and place on greased cookie sheet.
  7. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 15 min.
  8. Cool cookies before icing.
  9. Mix confectioners’ sugar with milk and syrup in mixing bowl.
  10. Stir until mixture becomes right consistency to spread.
  11. Add a few drops of anisette liquor for flavor.
  12. Dip cookies into icing and add sprinkles.