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Shut Up and Mangia!, Issue #018= Great Sicilian Recipes
March 24, 2009
There is no such thing as a little garlic. ~A. Baer
Welcome to the 18th issue of "Shut Up and Mangia!". In this issue we will focus on Sicily and Sicilian cuisine. Sicilian cooking is a mixture of complex bold flavors infused with aromatic spices and fresh fragrant herbs.
The flavors of Sicily are enriched by the abundance of produce, meat and seafood that is available all over this beautiful Mediterranean island. People visit Sicily to enjoy it’s rich history, beautiful landscapes and its food.
Recipes that were around hundreds of years ago are still around. Tradition is the mainstay of Sicilian cooking. Many of the dishes reflect the different civilizations that past through Sicily throughout the ages. Sicilian food has been influenced by the Greeks, Arab, Romans, Spaniards and the French just to name a few. It’s rich history has truly influenced it’s style of cooking. Sicilians are known for there love of life, food, art, culture and most of all family. Throughout this newsletter I’ll refer you to a few great Sicilian sites, a few books on Sicily, a few great authentic Sicilian restaurants here in Chicago and of coarse a some great Sicilian recipes you can try at home.
Great Chicago Italian Recipes is dedicated to adding new and traditional Italian recipes for your enjoyment. The site is getting bigger and better with the addition of “The Italian Grocer“ and the“The Great Italian Music Store“. Thank You for supporting this site.
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Chicago‘s Five Best Sicilian Restaurants
Here are five of my favorite Sicilian Restaurants.
Great Sicilian Cooking Books
Two of my favorite Sicilian cookbooks are La Cucina Siciliana di Gangivecchio: Gangivecchio's Sicilian Kitchen by Wanda Tornabene and The Heart of Sicily: Recipes and Reminiscences of Regaleali A Country Estate by Anna Tasca Lanza.
Great Sicilian Sites
For more detailed information about Sicily you should check out Sicilian Culture.com or Best of Sicily.com. These two sites are packed with great information about Sicilian culture, food, travel and living.
Great Sicilian Recipes
Here are five of my favorite Sicilian recipes for you to try at home. The first recipe is a simple appetizer Roast Pepper and Tuna Crostini. The second dish is Pasta with Eggplant and Tomato Sauce. Followed by a delicious Chicken Francese with a side of Baked Cauliflower. And for dessert we have a decadent Chocolate Ricotta Pudding.
Let me know how these Great Sicilian Recipes turn out. Enjoy!
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Phillip J. Speciale
Great Chicago Italian Recipes.com
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