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Bacon and Red Pepper Strata from Bacon 24/Seven by Theresa Gilliam

I hear the word “strata” and I think Italy and cheese. I think of centuries of Italian home cooks testing, refining, personalizing this wonderful breakfast casserole dish. Oh, dear. It’s American. And the first recipe only appeared a century ago in 1902 with bread and cheese but no eggs. When did stratas become popular and…

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Meatballs with Hard-Boiled Eggs Inside from Nonna’s House by Jody Scaravella

Just published last week is Nonna’s House by Jody Scaravella. At Jody’s restaurant on Staten Island, Enoteca Maria, the chefs are ten Italian-American grandmothers who rotate nightly in the Enoteca, preparing whatever intriegues them that day. This book is a collection of recipes of their best recipes, all inspired, all authentic. Some of the grandmothers…

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Best Eggnog, Ever, Period

— This post is from the last three years, but I wanted to give new readers a chance for the experience of a lifetime. This perfect eggnog is exceptionally rich and satisfying. Try this once, and you'll never turn back to conventional recipes or that store-bought stuff again. Nothing can match the fresh decadence of…

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Deviled Eggs and Pumpkin Pie

It’s Saturday. You are having guests this weekend and you want appetizers, something devilishly good. If you can take some time, and are feeling inventive, and maybe can draft a spouse to help out in the kitchen, then consider deviled eggs. They are a rich treat, so your dinner guests will not be gobbling them…

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