Pasta with Fried Zucchini (pasta cu la cucuzza fritta)

Pasta with Fried Zucchini (pasta cu la cucuzza fritta)
Pasta with Fried Zucchini (pasta cu la cucuzza fritta)

Pasta with fried zucchini is a very easy to prepare summer dish and the characteristic of this dish is that the pasta is seasoned with fried zucchini and with oil that the zucchini release, fried, exclusively extra virgin.

Cazzilli or Crocche`- Sicilian Street Food

Cazzilli or Crocche`-Sicilian Street Food
Cazzilli or Crocche`

What are the crocche` or cazzilli?   With the arancine, panelle, sfincione, stigghioli, paninu ca meusa, and many other things, they are part of Sicilian street food. They are potato croquettes  typically an oval and elongated shape, seasoned with parsley. they are cooked in a couple of minutes in abundant of hot oil and are eaten immediately. They must beRead more

Roasted Chestnuts – Le Caldarroste

Roasted Chestnuts - Le Caldarroste
Roasted Chestnuts - Le Caldarroste

The Roasted Chestnuts were the first example of “Street Food” in Sicily, but also in other Italian regions. Winter, especially during Christmas, it reminds me of  “ le caldarroste”. You can smell the roasted chestnuts invade the Italian streets. And if you go to Palermo roasted chestnut vendors sell them in “cuoppu” wraps of paper in a shapeRead more

Sicilian Sweets with Intense Colors: Martorana Fruits

frutta martorana
Frutta Martorana

Walking through the streets of the Sicilian towns can only be magically attracted by the Sicilian colors and today my attention falls on the Martorana Fruit. The Martorana fruit are desserts made with marzipan and take the form of different types of fruit that are typical of Sicily. Their colors are so intense and true theyRead more

Lo Sfincione – Sicilian Homemade Pizza

Lo Sfincione - Sicilian Homemade Pizza
Lo Sfincione - Sicilian Homemade Pizza

Dear Friends this week I am in Montreal in Canada and I love this city. I am visiting Pia and Pippo, they are friends of mine but, like me, they are Sicilian. We decided to make “LO SFINCIONE” the SICILIAN PIZZA. In ancient times sfincione was baked at home with “poor” ingredients, made of what youRead more

Panelle Recipes – Sicilian Street Food

Panelle
Panelle

This is the typical Sicilian Street Food. The panino with panelle is a snack that you can find only in Palermo. I remember, afternoons in Palermo, eating panini with panelle during college. The panelle date back to Arab rule in Sicily, although some say they date back to the Era of the Roman Empire and which were cookedRead more

Arancine – Arancini

Arancine
Arancine

Disagreement: arancina or arancino (singular) arancine or arancini (plural)? 🙄 In Italian, nouns end in a vowel and all nouns have a gender, even those that refer to a qualities, ideas, and things. Usually, Italian singular masculine nouns end in -o, while feminine nouns end in –a. In Western Sicily people say “arancina” but in EasternRead more

Baked Pasta (“A pasta o furnu”)

Baked Pasta
Baked Pasta ("A pasta o furnu")

I know, I know, there are millions of recipes of Baked Pasta, anelletti, the traditional dish of Palermo. But I’m Sicilian and I really enjoy preparing food when I have my American friends at my house, I love preparing the typical dishes of Sicily. It is a way to share my origins with them. Then IRead more

Original Sicilian Cassata Cake – “quas at”

Original Sicilian Cassata Cake - "quas at"
Original Sicilian Cassata Cake - "quas at"

The recipe that I will show you today is the Original Sicilian Cassata Cake, still used in Palermo, but I am making it without the candied fruit and marzipan. A short-crust cake made with the cream of sweetened sheep’s ricotta, and dark chocolate drops. Cooked in an oven at 200 degrees for half an hourRead more