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Vegan Brown Rice Pasta

In my never-ending quest to avoid refined carbohydrates, I’ve come across a few tasty, healthier alternatives- one of them is brown rice pasta. Brown rice pasta cooks differently than regular- it takes twice as long, and often produces excessive amounts of starch in the form of cloudy, bubbly water. This water often overflows from the pot, and is a mess to clean up. Tonight I experimented with cooking the pasta twice. I started with a pound of brown rice pasta. The pasta was placed in a large pot of salted, boiling water, cooked for 4 minutes, then drained. I then re-boiled the pasta in a fresh pot of water for 5 minutes. The end result was a less-starchy product. Try this procedure when cooking brown rice pasta- cooking times may vary depending on pasta shapes.

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Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is one of my all-time favorite dishes. It’s easy to make, and everyone loves it. In this recipe I use Italian-style panko breadcrumbs. These breadcrumbs make the chicken extra crispy and delicious. Give this recipe a try- your family and friends will devour it!

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Cucina Bella, Bridgeville, PA

When I arrived at Cucina Bella, I felt as if I was in an Italian cafe straight from Tuscany.

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Tiramisu Recipe

Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts; it’s rich texture and delicious coffee flavor make for a perfect after-dinner treat.

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Thick Crust Pizza Recipe

People are passionate about their pizzas. Some say New York pizza is the best, while others think Chicago-style is the most delicious. Regardless of your personal pizza-preferences, I’m sure we can all agree on one thing- pizza is king!

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Ribollita Recipe

Ribollita is a hearty Tuscan soup made with bread and vegetables.

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Cibo, Pittsburgh, PA

Cibo, in Regent Square is the owned by Dino DeFlaviao. If you live in the east end, and don’t know who Dino is, you must not know the areas as well as you think. Prior to being Cibo, DeFlavio’s Pizza occupied the space that is now the new Italian restaurant. Cibo has only been open a few days, but so far the food has been received well by the East End crowd.

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Vincent’s Pizza Park, Ardmore Boulevard

Vincent’s Pizza Park, Ardmore Boulevard I’ve had the opportunity to eat many Vincent’s Pizzas over the past several years. Most people have heard …

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