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Sicily's Sweet Tooth / Golosità Siciliane

Mary Ann "deconstructs" the classic cannoli into a deep-fried saucer-shaped circle that she stacks three-high, and pipes in a chocolaty, cinnamon-toasty, pistachio nut-packed, fresh ricotta filling. One taste of this Deconstructed Cannoli and you'll never want a plain-Jane cannoli again.

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Sunday Supper / Cena Domenicale

When Renee Plummer makes Sunday Supper at her house, the whole family shows up-and not just the immediate one. For good reason, her Sunday Sauce with Meatballs is fantastic, and so are her Lambchop Lollipops, not to mention her terrific Tomato Salad. Mary Ann lends a hand, to make this a Super Sunday.

  • 2019-11-14T02:00:00-08:00

Salads from Guy's Garden / Insalate dall' Orto di Gaetano

Mary Ann harvests a bountiful lettuce crop from her husband Gaetano's garden. Then she goes nella cucina to create a fruity Fennel and Fig Salad, followed by a protein-packed favorite; Tuscan Bean Salad with Soppressata, then she finishes off this garden of delights with a little gem of a Little Gem Salad.

  • 2019-11-21T02:00:00-08:00

From Sicily with Love / Dalla Sicilia Con Amore

Mary Ann re-creates a traditional Sicilian pasta recipe called Pasta Trapanese. Formed on a thin rod, this uniquely-shaped, spiral pasta-called Busiate-is the perfect shape to toss with a favorite Sicilian sauce called Trapanese, made in a mortar and pestle from almonds, tomatoes, basil, and garlic pounded into a thick pesto-like consistency.

  • 2019-11-28T02:00:00-08:00


Mary Ann heads to Alto Adige, the northernmost region of Italy to recreate some unique spaetzle (dumpling) recipes unique to this area, including a bright, spring-green, nutmeg-sprinkled Spinach Spaetzle tossed in a sauteed onion and speck sauce. Then she finishes off with Spaetzle dressed with a rich butter, cream, and speck sauce.

  • 2019-12-05T02:00:00-08:00