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Limoncello Pound Cake from Frankie Avalon

Limoncello.jpgMy co-authored effort with Frankie Avalon, The Frankie Avalon Italian Family Cookbook, has just come out. It is jam-packed with wonderful Italian-American recipes, and that means food for everyone in the family to savor again and again.  This recipe for a sweet-tar, moist limoncello pound cake is based on the one from his Mom's recipe box.  I am never without a bottle of limoncello in the freezer--it is a refreshing way to end a meal, and a wonderful ingredient in desserts like this.  Hmmm. Just writing this makes me want to bake one again.  The recipe follows...


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Chicken Savoy

Chicken Savoy.jpgChicken Savoy is a popular dish at many Italian restaurants in my area.  How popular? There are people who call it “the unofficial state dish of New Jersey.”  Mamma mia! Take that Italian hot dog!  (Don’t know what an Italian hot dog is?  I’ll tell you later…) 


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Easter Meat and Cheese Pie

IMG_2804.jpgHere's another Italian specialty that I've learned to make in the last few years...perhaps proving that you can teach an old dog new tricks. It's meat and cheese pie, an Easter specialty loaded with cold cuts to celebrate the return to eating meat after a Lent-long fast. My version is based on the one from Patsy's Italian Family Cookbook.  I spent many hours at Patsy's watching Chef Sal and his crew making their old-school dishes that have made the restaurant famous for over 70 years.  My version is actually streamlined, as I used a four-cheese pizza mix and sliced cold cuts instead of the individually prepared ingredients.  The dough is easy to make, thanks to instant yeast (you don't have to worry about the water temperature).  The pie goes by many names--Pizza Gaina or Pizza Chena (both dialect variations of Pizza Piena, which is Italian for "filled pie") or Pizza Rustica.  No matter what you call it, it is delicious.  I am always surprised at how easily is comes together.  


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Sunday Night Spaghetti and Meatballs

125spaghettimeatballs.jpgWhen the weekend arrives, the "fast and easy" recipes are filed away, and I look forward to a meal that has been leisurely simmered on the stove, filling the house with comforting aromas.  Spaghetti and meatballs is the kind of dish whose excellence seems to be in proportion to the time it spends  bubbling on the stove.  I am planning a dinner party this weekend, and was wracking my brain for a meal that everyone would enjoy.  It didn't take me long to decide on this, my go-to spaghetti, from I LOVE MEATBALLS.  (Photo by Ben Fink.) 


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