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Italian dinner soup

1 pound lean ground beef 1 quart water 1 cup finely cut onions 1 cup finely cut celery 1 cup finely cut carrots 1 quart diced tomatoes 2 cups thinly sliced zucchini 1 cup uncooked broken spaghetti 1/2 teaspoon Italian spices 1 cup peas

Cook and drain ground beef. Using a large kettle, pour in […]

Italian cinnamon sticks

3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup ground walnuts 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup butter, softened 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 egg, beaten

Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Beat butter and cream cheese until creamy; gradually add flour, mixing until well blended. Shape […]

Italy: Italian sour cream horns

Dough 1 package active dry yeast (regular, not rapid rise) 3 tablespoons warm water (110 to 115 degrees F) 4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) butter, softened 3 egg yolks 1/2 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Powdered sugar

Filling 3 egg whites 1 cup granulated sugar 1/2 […]

Italy: Grilled stuffed grape leaves with goat cheese and black pepper

12 bottled grape leaves, rinsed and dried 1 pound soft, fresh goat cheese, preferably Coach Farm 2 tablespoons freshly grated black pepper 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

Spread 12 grape leaves on the countertop.

In a mixing bowl, blend the goat cheese and black pepper […]

Italy: Garlic and basil gnocchi

3 cups cooked potatoes (cut potatoes into small cubes and boil until tender) 3 tablespoons basil 2 tablespoons Italian parsley 5 cloves garlic, minced or pressed 1 cup ricotta cheese (cottage cheese can be substituted) 1 cup parmesan cheese 4 egg whites 3 cups flour

Using a food processor (you may have to work in […]

Italy: Cartellate o rose

Dough 3 1/2 cups fancy durum flour 1 large egg 1/3 cup very warm olive oil, plus some for frying 1/2 cup warm white wine

Filling 3 1/2 cups grape jelly or red currant jelly 2/3 cup honey About 2 cups dry red wine or dessert wine Oil for frying

Decoration Ground cinnamon Ground cloves […]

Italy: Frank sinatra’s eggplant parmigiana

1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut crosswise in 12-inch slices 1 egg, beaten 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup (1 1/2 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese 6 ounces mozzarella cheese Tomato Sauce (recipe follows)

Prepare Tomato Sauce and set aside.

Combine flour and salt. Dip eggplant in egg, then […]

Italy: Rum custard cake

Orange cake 4 eggs, separated 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup sifted flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons hot water 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons grated orange peel 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Orange-Rum Syrup 6 tablespoons granulated sugar 6 tablespoons water 1 teaspoon grated orange peel 1/2 teaspoon grated […]

Italy: Semifredo

1/2 cup dried cherries 1/4 cup Amaretto or Kirsch liqueur 1/2 cup honey 2 cups heavy cream 1/3 cup powdered sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon allspice 1 1/2 cups chopped shortbread cookies 3/4 cup chopped Frango mints or semisweet chocolate Fresh cherries, raspberries or strawberries for garnish (optional) Mint leaves for garnish (optional)

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Italy: Osso bucco

6 tablespoons butter or margarine 4 veal shanks, cut about 3 inches long 1 tablespoon seasoned salt 1/2 teaspoon coarsely-ground black pepper 3 tablespoons flour 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes 1 tablespoon dried celery flakes 2 small carrots, diced 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest 3 tablespoons tomato paste […]