Saturday, July 19, 2014

ITALIAN FIG COOKIES Recipe


                                                         CUCIDADI CUUCCIDADA





Italian Fig Cookies Cucidadi Cuccidada

Ingredients


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup shortening
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups dried figs
3/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup hot water
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground black pepper



Directions

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, 1/3 cup sugar and baking powder. Cut in shortening and butter until mixture resembles small peas. Stir in the milk and egg until the dough comes together. Divide dough into two pieces, wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours or until easy to handle.

2. In a food processor or blender, grind the figs, raisins and almonds until they are coarsely chopped. In a medium bowl, stir together the 1/4 cup of sugar, hot water, cinnamon and pepper. Stir in the fruit mixture, cover and set aside until the dough is ready.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
4. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece of the dough out to a 12 inch square. 
Cut each piece into 12 3x4 inch rectangles. Using a heaping tablespoon of filling for each rectangle, spread filling along one of the short sides of the rectangle. Roll up from that side. Place rolls, seam side down, on an ungreased cookie sheet. Curve each roll slightly. Snip outer edge of the curve three times.

5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. Glaze with your favorite confectioners' glaze.






La TAVOLA

STORIES & RECIPES
of
ITALIAN-AMERICAN NEW YORK

MANGIA BENE!


SINATRA
CLEMENZA
AL PACINO
MEATBALLS
SUNDAY SAUCE
aka GRAVY
SAUSAGES
ESPRESSO
VINO
AMORE

Monday, July 14, 2014

La TAVOLA Hits BEST SELLER LIST



Daniel Bellino-Zwicke's La TAVOLA and SUNDAY SAUCE in AMAZON BEST SLLER LIST TOP 100 Italian Cookbooks ... SUNDAY SAUCE # 1 BEST SELLER and La TAVOLA # 56




La TAVOLA

Read About Italian-American New York in Daniel Bellino-Zwicke 's
La TAVOLA -  ITALIAN-AMERICAN NEW YORKERS ADVENTURES
of The TABLE  "La TAVOLA"


Ever Dream of taking a Wonderful Journey? A Journey through Italian-American New York and Italian America., complete with pots of Sunday Sauce, Ethereal Bolognese Sauce, Platters of Antipasto, Perfect Espresso, with trays of Cannoli and Sfogiatelle. Do you Dream of one day Eating the famed Christmas Eve, "Feast of the 7 Fish" or crave a perfect plate of Spaghetti Carbonara? Do you have visions of the Amalfi Coast of Lemoncello, Fiano, and a flawless Plate of Linguine al Vongole. Would you like to know how to throw the perfect Italian Dinner Party, complete with Antipasti, Pasta, Chianti, and Dolce, while the sounds of Frank (Sinatra) and Dino play along? Do you want to know which are the best; Italian Restaurants, Caffes, Pastry Shops, and Pork Stores. Would you like to know how to make the Perfect "Negroni" or pick out the perfect Italian Wine and how to make a textbook Bolognese? Where to go in Italy and what to see? If you'd like to live these things, or just read about them vicariously, then take the journey, the Beautifully Wondrous Journey of La Tavola. Eat as Al Pacino, Jake LaMotta, Sinatra, and Dino had eaten over the years. La Tavola is part Cookbook, Guide-Book. Some have said it's like a Italian-American New York version of a YEAR in PROVENCE, but with Italian Food in New York, and with Italian-Americans instead of French Food, people, and places? LA TAVOLA entertains and Inspires with stories, antidotes, and recipes of Sunday Sauce (Gravy), Sausage & Peppers, Meatball Parms, and the "FEAST of The 7 FISH" Then MANGIA BENE! Italian-American New Yorker's Adventures of the Table. With 30 Wonderful Bellino Family Recipes.



                       

                                                   SUNDAY SAUCE

                                   WHEN ITALIAN-AMERICANS COOK

                                            by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke








THE FEAST of THE 7 FISH

ITALIAN CHRISTMAS





Saturday, July 12, 2014

Clemenza Makes Sophia Loren Spaghetti


Clemenza (Richard Castellano) Teaches Michael (Al Pacino)
How To Make SAUCE (GRAVY)
For 20 GUYS (Mobsters)



INGREDIENTS
For CLEMENZA MOB WAR SUNDAY SAUCE GRAVY



da MEATBALLS


SAUCE

"GRAVY"










LEARN How to MAKE
SUNDAY SAUCE alla CLEMENZA

Recipe in SUNDAY SAUCE
by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke

In Paperback & Kindle on Amazon.com
Click Link Below





Monday, June 23, 2014

Music To Make SUNDAY SAUCE By "Some Call It GRAVY"



Frank Sinatra



MUSIC To MAKE SUNDAY SAUCE BY

Excerpted from SUNDAY SAUCE  -  When Italian-AMericans Cook

by DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE


   Music to cook Sunday Sauce by? It’s a great idea, and one that comes naturally. We’ve always done it. When cooking Sunday Sauce or any Italian dishes, it always helps to have some great Italian background music. It doesn’t hurt and only heightens an already wonderful experience, especially when you are entertaining guests.
   There are two or three greats that always come to mind first. These prodigious Italian-American singers are of course, first; Frank Sinatra, then Dean “Dino” Martin (Crochetti), and Mr. Tony Bennett (Benedetto). They are the most famous, and for good reason, they are all just that, “Great.” When it comes to overall artist, it’s fare to say that Sinatra is usually at the top of the heap. But when it comes to actual Italian Songs, Dino, Jerry Vale, and Louie Prima have the great one beat for those particular types of songs. But hey, there’s no way anyone can beat “The Chairman of The Board,” Mr. Francis Albert Sinatra. Dino is wonderful with his famed renditions of Volare and Amore, and you can’t count out Jerry Vale with one of the most iconic and beloved to Italian Americans, especially in New York, with Jerry doing Al di La. Actually, many would say it is between Volare and Amore that are thee two most loved and popular Italian American songs. But no, for really true, hard core Italians, and as I’ve already said, especially in New York, it is Al Di La that we truly love most. It is played at every Italian Wedding, bar none. Many artists have sung it, but it is Jerry Vale’s that is most popular. Connie Francis’s rendition is quite beautiful and best of the female singers, Connie being an Italian Girl from Jersey, real name Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero. “Now That’s Italian.” Yes a lot of these great Italian-American artist changed their names back then, like Tony Bennett, real name Anthony Benedetto from Astoria Queens, New York. Dean Martin from Stubenville, Ohio, his real name was Dino Crochetti.
    Back to Al Di La. If you’ve never heard the song, and I know there are many who haven’t especially among the younger generation, do yourself a favor, and get a copy of Connie Francis or Jerry Vale singing this gorgeous song. Get both!
    The song That’s Amore is perhaps the most popular of all Italian-American songs for the general public. It is one of Dean Martin’s signature songs and with the popularity of the movie Moonstruck, starring Cher, Nicholas Cage, and Danny Aiello, this song became even more famous. Louie Prima had great success with this song, and his tune “Angelina” The Waitress at The Pizzeria is a must listen to song of Italian-America and eating.
    So we have lots of great Italian Songs and Italian American and Italian artists, but one stands alone at the top. Yes, you know who? He’s A # 1, the one-and-only, Frank Sinatra.




                                                                  GREAT MUSIC
                                                                           From
                                                                 FRANK SINATRA











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Monday, May 26, 2014

Learn How Make Sunday Sauce Gravy



LEARN HOW TO MAKE SUNDAY SAUCE
alla CLEMENZA
ITALIAN GRAVY




1. GET A COPY of SUNDAY SAUCE
WHEN ITALIAN AMERICANS COOK
by DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE

CLEMENZA'S SUNDAY SAUCE RECIPE
Is In THERE .. IT'S AVAILABLE
on AMAZON.com .. Juts CLICK LINK ABOVE ..
"THAT'S STEP 1 .. FINITO !!!"





2. GO To YOUR LOCAL PORK STORE and or GROCERY STORE
For SAUSAGES, Gorund Beef, Veal, Pork, etc., BRACIOLE,
OOLIVE OIL, TOMATOES, PASTA, etc..




3. ASSEMBLE INGREDIENTS, POTS and EVERYTHING
YOU NEED To MAKE The "SAUCE"




4.  SAUTE GARLIC & MINCED ONIONS in OLIVE In 
A LARGE POT.  ADD TOMATOES.




5.  BROWN BRACIOLE, THEN ADD To POT With TOMATOES ..





6.  IF USING PORK RIBS or PORK NECK, BROWN COMEPLETELY
THEN ADD TO POT WIth TOMATOES .. If NOT, SKIP THIS STEP.




7.  LET SAUCE With THE MEATS (Except MEATBALLS)
SIMMER At VERY LOW HEAT For 1 HOUR.



8.  BROWN SAUSAGES THEN ADD To SAUCE.
CONTINUE SIMMERING.




9.  AFTER YOU ADD The SAUSAGES TO SAUCE, MAKE THE MEATBALLS
by MIXING GROUND BEEF, PORK & VEAL with SALT, PEPPER, GARLIC,
FRESH PARSLEY, and GRATED CHEESE. FORM INTO MEATBALLS.

10.  PLACE MEATBALLS in a LIGHTLY OIL PAN and SLOWLY COOK in A
350  DEGREE OVEN For 15 MINUTES.



11.  REMOVE MEATBALLS FROM OVEN and PLACE in POT 
With SAUCE. The SAUCE SHOULD HAVE BEEN SLOWLY COOKING 
With THE BRACIOLE and OTHER MEATS For 2 1/2 HOURS by Now.

YOU Will JUST COOK The MEATBALLS in THE SAUCE For 15 
MINUTES on VERY LOW HEAT. BE CAREFUL WHEN
STIRRING NOT To BREAK MEATBALLS.

WHEN THE MEATBALLS HAVE COOKED In THE SAUCE
FOR 15 MINUTES, The "SAUCE" IS DONE.



12.  COOK RIGATONI or WHCICHEVER 
MACCHERONI YOU LIKE and SERVE
WITH THe "GRAVY"

PASS GRATED CHEESE
and
BUON APPETITO !!!



SUNDAY SAUCE 
Is AVAILABLE in PAPERBACK
And KINDLE on AMAZON.com








SUNDAY SAUCE 
VIDEO


AUTHOR DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE

MANGIA BENE !!!