Duck, Sausage, and Chestnut Stew from the North of Italy

This duck, sausage, and chestnut stew from the province of Verona, also called ragù d’anitra, is often made with goose and is made too in Brianza in Lombardy and around Lake Garda. Preparing this dish is a more or less all-day affair.  Don’t let that put you off.  Gather around the hearth and keep the […]

Lentils and Sausage for Winter Dinners

There is a winter dish from the region of Emilia-Romagna in Italy of cooked lentils topped with slices of boiled stuffed pig’s trotter called zampone.  Decades ago I was lucky to live near an Italian deli that regularly carried a domestically-made zampone. Then they went out of business and once the internet was invented and […]

Give Christmas A Sicilian Spin With Hearty Tummala

Families all seem to have their own Christmas classics — roast turkey, baked ham, crown roast or pork, or prime rib. Many Italian-Americans will have lasagna or a feast of seven fishes. One spectacular preparation for a change of pace is to follow some families and make the classic Sicilian Christmas tummàla. Tummàla is a […]

Roast Chestnuts and Sausage for A November Pasta Dish

Suddenly it became quite cool as November arrived. There’s a feeling that we need to change. We pull out sweaters and we clean out the frig of its summer foods, for instance, the leftover grilled sausage from our last grill party. This preparation is strictly a leftover meal for a cool November day using previously […]

Early Fall Cast Iron Skillet Dish

Early fall in New England where I lived for 15 years is certainly different than early fall in southern California where I live now.  The leaves turned to their gold, auburn, and red hues while the weather was a bit cooler.  In southern California it can still be hot in the early fall and we […]

Grilled Sausage Skewers for an End of Summer Grill Party

One way I like to grill when having a grill party is by not having all those blazing hot coals go to waste. What I mean is that here you’ve got a nice fire going so why not continue to cook on it–not just your steak but appetizers too.  By the way, although I’ve written […]

Rabbit on the Grill for a BBQ Season Opener

As warm weather tempts Americans to launch our annual outdoor-cooking adventures, most of us are too content with traditional American fare for the grill. Steaks and burgers are fine, but to wow the crowd consider some Italian classics well-suited for the All-American grill, including a rabbit recipe from the region of Molise. Rabbit has lost […]

Best Advice for German Food Starts with a Memory

German food can be quite inaccessible. Many people think of it as heavy or they aren’t sure exactly what it is beyond sausages and sauerkraut. But what’s wrong with starting off with sausages and sauerkraut, especially for a cold winter party? This all came to mind because of an old family photo I came across […]

Kale and Sausage Stew Video

Kale and Sausage Stew by Clifford A. Wright from ONE-POT WONDERS  

Homemade Italian Sausage

How to Make Homemade Italian Sausage This is the classic Sicilian recipe for sausage, salsiccia fresca, fresh sausage, the ur-recipe to what is sold throughout the United States as “Italian sausage.” In Italy, families, especially in the south, still make their own sausages frequently.

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