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Sunday Sauce

The secret to Sunday Sauce is the sauce, of course, and Mary Ann starts hers off with garden-fresh plum tomatoes, planted, weeded, and harvested from Guy's garden. While the sauce simmers, she makes her grandmother's fork-tender braciole, then adds sausage and meatballs. The only thing left is time for friends to visit while the sauce cooks to perfection. Add pasta for the first course, and dinner is served!

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Cave Into Cavatelli

You can't beat shaping pasta by hand, unless you're making curvy, twisting, tricky-to-shape cavatelli (little caves) from Puglia, and are lucky enough to have a crazy-looking machine that cranks them by the dozens. Mary Ann's in luck, because she has la macchina di pasta and does just that, then adds them to a spicy, colorful, broccoli rabe sauce that finds its way into those "caves" and into your heart as well.

  • 2018-11-16T02:30:00-08:00
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Joy and Music on a Plate / Gioia e Musica su un Piatto

If music be the food of life, play on, and Mary Ann does just that with her grandmother's wire-stringed Chittara, that makes music - and short work - of freshly-rolled sheets of pasta, transforming them into fabulous spaghetti. She combines this with an Abruzzese regional classic Lamb Ragu that's slow-simmered until it's tender to the palate and terrific to the testbeds.

  • 2018-11-30T02:30:00-08:00
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Catanian Cooking / Cucina Di Catania

Sicilian-born, Rose Faro knows a thing or two about her native, Catania cooking, and invites Mary Ann to her home kitchen where they prepare a family feast, starting with Asparagus Fritters, then a hearty Sicilian Eggplant Parmesan, and finish things off with creating the main course of Oven-Roasted Lamb Stew. You don't have to be Sicilian to love Sicilian cooking.

  • 2018-12-07T02:30:00-08:00
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Hot and Hearty

Mary Ann chooses the little known Val d'Aosta region of Italy to create one of its classic dishes, Beef Stew with Polenta. The secret to its savory taste is a bountiful bundle of fresh herbs and red wine that steep along with the beef until its fork-tender and ready to ladle on top of hearty, hand-stirred Polenta for a winter's meal that's sublime year-round, whenever the mood strikes you for comforting comfort food.

  • 2018-12-14T02:30:00-08:00
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