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Comfort Food

The region of Emilia Romagna is the "go to" region for some of the best comfort food in Italy. Mary Ann prepares an unforgettable Balsamic Vinegar Glazed Pork Butt that would soothe the soul of anyone. And on the off chance that more comfort is needed, she turns her talents to creating her Nona Galasso's "take another slice" Swiss Chard and Potato Pie.

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A Surprise Inside / Una Sopresa Dentro

An Ascolana olive is just an olive, until Mary Ann gives it the Marche regional touch by stuffing it with a savory combination of ground beef and pork, combined with chopped walnuts, thyme and lemon zest. Deep fried to a crunchy finish, it's a triumph of an appetizer. What's a great companion treat to Ascolana Olives Marche Style? What about Olive Pesto to spread on your favorite crostini?

  • 2018-09-28T03:30:00-07:00

Supper on the Grill / Cena Alla Griglia

It's summertime at Mary Ann's, and time to head outdoors to do some serious grilling, starting with Grilled Chicken with Herbs, surrounded on all sides by clever Grilled Veggie Kabobs, of zucchini, onions, and red and yellow peppers. Then Mary Ann creates a classic side dish of Pan-cooked Fennel to finish off a great meal on a hot day, when the temperature's soaring and so's your appetite!

  • 2018-10-05T03:30:00-07:00

Fantastic Fazzoletti / Fantastici Fazzoletti

Mary Ann heads to Guy's Garden to harvest a whopping-huge handful of aromatic basil leaves for making pesto in her marble mortar and pestle, using olive oil, pine nuts and a LOT of elbow grease. Then she turns her labors to creating a signature dish from Liguria; delicate, square-shaped, handmade Pasta Handkerchiefs with Pesto Sauce. Nothing to sneeze at!

  • 2018-10-12T03:30:00-07:00

Salumi Party! / Festa Di Salumi

Patti Fortuna-Stannard of Fortuna Sausage Company invites Mary Ann to her kitchen for a salami party that includes Patti's salumi and sausage family-favorite, Casalinga with Fettucine. Mary Ann joins in the fun with her classic Minestrone. And for a tasty antipasto, Patti and Mary Ann create a taste treat with a twist; spicy, Peperoni Pretzels.

  • 2018-10-19T03:30:00-07:00