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Calzones and Other Pizza Foldovers

Calzones (or┬ácalzoni, if you’re in Italy), stromboli, pizza rolls, Sicilian schiacciata. There’s really no consensus on what these are supposed to be. By most accounts, calzones are half-moons of pizza dough folded over a filling that usually contains ricotta or other cheese, vegetables and deli meats. Sometimes they’re served with marinara or another sauce. Log-shaped [...]

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Fri, April 13 2012 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Italian food, Italian lifestyle, Pizza » 1 Comment

Chocolate Chicken, a Sicilian Easter Dish

For quite a while I’d been eying Katia Amore’s recipe for chocolate and Champagne chicken, a Sicilian Easter dish. ┬áChicken thighs simmered in a sauce of onion, fennel, clove, hot red pepper and, of course, bittersweet chocolate. I knew this dish had interesting roots in Aztec chocolate, Mexican mole and Italy’s Baroque cooking traditions of [...]

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Tue, April 3 2012 » Italian food, Italian lifestyle, Meat » 1 Comment