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Read about Mark's travels and recipes in Vinci, Italy!

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 ~Blog Posts~

Cluck, Cluck ~ A Chick Dish?

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Cover Photo

[Subscribers, please click HERE to view the video from your e-mail.]  Chicken Salad ~ 1 foundation, 2 recipes Chicken salad might be the foundation to every ladies’ luncheon and yet, often, it is a soup of mayonnaise lacking any noticeable amount of its namesake ~ chicken! When I was at the WSFA-12′s studio waiting to do my segment, a PR …

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Berry, Berry, Quite Contrary~

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[Subscribers, please click HERE to view the cooking video from your e-mail.] If you are  a “foodie” like me, you tend to get a lot of homemade foods at the holidays—in particular, jams or preserves. Mine are stacked high, filling a pantry shelf, waiting for me to work through them. Before I lived with Nonna and her family in Viterbo, …

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Cooking Family-Style Italian~

Chicken With Tomatoes Olives Post Photo

Welcome to Nonna’s! [Subscribers, please click HERE to view the cooking video from your e-mail.] In this cooking segment on WSFA-12′s “Alabama Live!,” I show host Judd Davis how to prepare 2 quick & easy Italian recipes: “Chicken with Tomato & Olives” and “Roasted Potatoes with Fennel Seed”—yes, “surprise, surprise,” not all Italian food is centered around pasta! The chicken …

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Cauliflower ~ 1 video, 3 recipes!

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(Subscribers, please click HERE to view the cooking segment video from your e-mail.) Cauliflower—not the most inspiring of vegetables. With its creamy white color and “brain-like” looking texture, it is often relegated to your grandmother’s crudites party platter with an equally appetizing side of ranch dressing. Hmm, will someone pass the whittled-down carrots nubs? While living in Italy with Nonna, …

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Fat Tuesday ~ Gumbo-Style!

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(Subscriber’s click HERE to view the cooking video from your e-mail!) Mardi Gras (Carnevale in Italian) is coming to a close on Feb 21 – “Fat Tuesday,” so it is time to be as decadent as you want before Lent kicks in on Wednesday, the 22nd.  With my “Moon Pie” post last week, my “Spicy Drumstick Gumbo” this week is …

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Carnevale in Italia~

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(Ciambelline di Patate e Crostoli) Mardi Gras in America! Carnevale is a huge holiday in Italy, especially in Venice, where mysteriously masked and ornately dressed people stroll the streets in the days leading up to mercoledì delle ceneri (Ash Wednesday). Mardi Gras, especially in New Orleans on “Fat Tuesday” (martedì grasso) is more of a drunken bash with “well-primed” tourists …

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Jump In the Mouth Good~

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Saltimbocca and Roasted Carrots (Subscribers, click HERE to view the video from your e-mail.) In Italian, Saltimbocca means “jump in the mouth,” and in this recurring WSFA-12 TV cooking segment appearance, host Tonya Terry admits that this Italian chicken cutlet recipe lives up to its name. (Grazie tanto Nonna per questa ricetta ~ Brava!) And while I show Tonya how …

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Winter Vegetable Cooking ~

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Bringing fresh food to local TV (Subscribers, please click HERE to view the video from your e-mail) I’m excited to say that 2012 is starting off with bringing fresh and locally sourced food to local TV. And you don’t have to live in Montgomery, AL, to join in the fun! With host Judd Davis, let me show you how simple …

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Biscotti Natale ~

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Italian Christmas Cookies Italians might be famous for being frugal, but when it comes to holidays, all the stops are pulled out! And Nonna is no exception. Here is her recipe for classic Biscotti Natale: Chocolate, Amaretto, Hazelnut, and Almond Cookies. Extravagant because it uses two kinds of nuts, chocolate and amaretto liqueur ~ yum, all the way around. This …

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner~

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“‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and all toward the house, every creature was bringing home a boyfriend or spouse!” With the largest American food holiday quickly approaching, the looming culinary quandary isn’t what to make on Turkey Day or what to do with the leftovers, it’s—what to feed everyone the night before the food frenzy begins?! Trying to feed homeward …

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