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Christmas Cookie Book

Italian Christmas cookies, pastries and desserts for you to make for the holidays.

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Crab Risotto

Today I’m going shopping for some crab legs to make this delicious Crab Risotto for dinner tomorrow. Tomorrow morning I’m headed to the Farmers Market for fresh veggies. Probably some aspar

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Italian Recipes-Great Chicago Italian Recipes and Cooking

Enjoy the many Italian recipes Chicago has to offer. This is a culinary adventure. An adventure of discovery

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Braised Lamb Shanks

Delicious slow cooked braised lamb shanks with garlic mashed potatoes.

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Italian Style Pork Ribs

My famous Italian style pork ribs will melt in your mouth.

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Perfect Sunday Gravy

Great tips on how to make perfect Sunday gravy everytime

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Crab Carbonara

Creamy crab carbonara tossed of perfectly cooked linguini.

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Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

There's nothing better than shrimp scampi for a romantic candlelight dinner.

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Rigatoni with Sausage Cream Sauce

An excellent rigatoni with sausage recipe smothered with cream sauce.

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Trofie with Pesto, Potatoes and String Beans

This Trofie with Pesto dish is from the Italian region of Liguria. The blend of the pesto with the pasta, potatoes and string beans make a perfect combination.

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Stuffed Melrose Peppers

This Stuffed Melrose Peppers recipe has been in the family for a long time. Every family has their own delicious recipe with its own distinct

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Pork Chops Marsala

These tender Pork Chops Marsala are topped with a variety of mushrooms and a creamy Marsala sauce.

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Chicken Scampi

Chicken Scampi the same delicious recipe as Shrimp Scampi only substituting chicken for shrimp. It’s a tasty chicken recipe only cheaper. This easy to make chicken recipe uses butter and olive o

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Breaded Chicken Breasts

Delicious breaded chicken breasts laced with basil and romano cheese.

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Braised Beef in Barolo Wine

Hearty braised beef with a barolo wine sauce is a nice Italian family dinner.

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Mostaccioli with Cauliflower

Mostaccioli with cauliflower is an old family recipe which is very different from most.

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breaded cod fillets

An unbelievable amount of flavor comes out of these delicious Breaded Cod Fillets.

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Neck Bone Gravy

My friend Janis's Grandma's Neck Bone Gravy is the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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Stuffed Cannelloni

After making this Stuffed Cannelloni recipe I will never use store bought shells again. Making your own crepes ( crespelle) for this dish is a lot easier and much better tasting

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Italian Sausage Puttanesca

Deliciously spicy Italian sausage mixed with Kalamata olives, capers and tomatoes poured over pasta.

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Crisp Gnocchi with Tomatoes and Basil

Delicious vrip and creamy gnocchi with fresh cherry tomatoes and basil

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Chicago Style Pizza

Here's a delicious Chicago style pizza recipe to try at home.

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Sicilian Rice Balls

Traditional Sicilian Rice Balls make great appetizers or side for any occasion.

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Spitini a la Siciliana

Spitini is tender meat rolled up with breadcrumbs and cheese and broiled or grilled to perfection.

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Orecchietta with Rapini and Sausage

Orecchietta with rapini and sausage with a little red pepper will spice up this delicious pasta dish.

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Chicken Lemone

This char broiled Italian chicken lemone will be a hit everytime,

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Potato Gnocchi with Lamb

Melt in you mouth Potato Gnocchi with Lamb ragu tops one of my favorite Italian recipes.

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Filippo's Broiled Clams

Excellent baked clams great for appetizers or as a meal.

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Summertime Pasta

A few excellent summertime pasta recipes.

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Mussels in Marinara

Mussels in marinara, always a family favorite. Spicy and tasty!

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Cooking with Soppressatta

Soppressatta is that great Italian cured sausage made with ground pork and seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices.

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Osso Bucco

Osso bucco is a great Roman dish to be served on a creamy bed of risotto.

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Chicken Marsala

This Chicken Marsala tastes great and if fairly simple to make. The sauce is a rich wine sauce that is blended with a variety of mushrooms.

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Braised Oxtails

Succulent Roman-Style Braised Oxtails are great served with pasta, polenta or mashed potatoes.

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Tender stuffed braciola cooked in gravy and served with spaghetti.

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Pasta Primavera

Creamy pasta primavera with fresh spring vegetables.

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Mediterranean Sea Bass in Salt Crust

Here is a great recipe for Mediterranean Sea Bass given to us by Executive Chef and owner of Chicago’s Piccolo Sogno restaurant.

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Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e fagioli is rich, hearty Italian soup that should be loved by all.

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Tortelloni with Gorgonzola Spinach Cream Sauce

This delicious Tortelloni with Gorgonzola Spinach Cream Sauce is rich and filling. The tortelloni can be filled with meat, cheese, mushrooms

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Grilled Shrimp with Pasta and Fresh Tomatoes

Delicious Grilled Shrimp mixed with fresh tomatoes and basil is a simple dish for a springtime dinner.

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Shells with Ricotta Sauce

Shells with Ricotta Sauce is a creamy mixture of ricotta, tomatoes, capers and onions topped with melted mozzarella cheese.

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Lima Bean Soup

Wow, I haven’t made Lima Bean Soup in a long time. For some reason after many years I had a taste for this soup my Mom made on many occasions. I almost forgot how much we enjoyed it.

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Chicken Parmesan

Stringy ,cheesy,tomatoey chicken parmesan will surely be a hit among both children and adults.

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Lemon Chicken Scaloppini with Broccoli

Tender, lemony chicken scaloppini with broccoli, basil and cream.

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Chicken Piccata

Delicious chicken piccata with capers and lemon butter sauce.

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Stuffed Peppers

Italian style stuffed peppers with garlic bread and more garlic bread.

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Chicago-Style Chicago Beef Sandwich

Chicago's deliciously juicy beef sandwiches using our famous Chicago Style Beef Seasoning

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Italian Meatball Sandwich

This is absolutely The Best Italian Meatball Sandwich you have ever tasted. There is nothing better than fried meatballs on garlic bread topped with gravy, provolone cheese, sweet peppers and

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Wild Mushroom Risotto

To make this perfect Wild Mushroom Risotto begin with the rice.  Use a short-grain rice that absorbs liquid without becoming gluey. 

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