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Lisa’s Potato Croquettes

Potato croquettes are a unique dish found commonly in Italy, France, and Spain as a way to use leftover potatoes. It is not only a smart recipe but delicious! Lisa lived with her family in Spain as a child while her father had an academic position in Madrid and these croquettes
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Lisa’s Famous Sherry Mushroom Soup

Lisa is known for her mushroom soup, which she first made in college. This recipe was inspired by both Tuscany and adds a Piemontese touch- sherry, which gives this wonderful, creamy mushroom soup a velvety texture and a rich, warm taste! It’s perfect for this week between
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Lisa’s Italian Parfaits with Espresso

As my children always tease me, “Mom please, not another parfait!” I confess, I’m a bit obsessed with this dessert! It’s just so versatile and easy, and you can vary it as you like- switch out the amaretto cookies for cantuccini, substitute espresso with
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Lisa’s Pastina in Brodo

There are a few well known tropes that go along with not feeling well if you are Italian. The first is the celebrated (or dreaded, depending on how you feel about this tradition!) camomilla– chamomile tea. The second is Pastina in Brodo– basically small pasta in
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Lisa’s Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

This dish is all about fresh flavors- the variety of tomatoes, garlic, thyme, Parmigiano Reggiano, and extra virgin olive oil. Roasting accentuates the sweetness of the tomatoes and transforms the garlic cloves into savory softness. It makes a wonderful bed of vegetables under
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Lisa’s Winter Minestrone

Lisa’s Winter Minestrone is a very hearty and satisfying soup- a meal in a bowl! With healthy ingredients, including cannellini beans and Swiss Chard, this soup also freezes beautifully. It’s a great soup to make during the holidays when you have many people coming
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Lisa’s Boscaiola Sauce

Boscaiola sauce is very typical in the Chianti region of Tuscany. While typically an autumn dish, it’s also great to serve during the holiday season in the United States! Boscaiola sauce contains a variety of mushrooms, which, when paired with the tomato and cream sauce,
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Lisa’s Mom’s Rum Cake

Lisa’s father’s favorite dessert was her mother’s Rum Cake. He was forever asking her when she was making it again! Those of us who are Italian-American know that we have a strange love affair with rum. It mysteriously appears in a number of our desserts! (And
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