Giveaway: Ciao Italia Family Classics

It's a tradition that my mom gives each of us a cookbook for Christmas every year, so I've always had a lot of cookbooks around.  I find inspiration and sources for current recipes in all of them.  The transition to eating along paleo lines hasn't changed that - I think cookbooks with only paleo recipes are great if you're just getting into the lifestyle, but I am not going to stop being a cookbook junkie.

Ciao Italia: Family Classics is the most recent acquisition.  A (primal & gluten-free) Supreme Lasagna recipe won me a copy in a PBS Food contest, but due to a mix-up I was sent two copies.  They were nice enough to let me share the extra copy with you!


Congrats to entrant 38, Carolyn!  She said:  "The "Fried Ricotta Cheese - serve on red pepper wedges instead of bread" caught my eye right away. Sounds interested! And yummy!!"

Here's how you can get a free copy of Ciao Italia-Family Classics:

1.  Read through the paleo/primal friendly main dish recipes from the book (listed below the jump), then leave a comment saying which recipe you find most intriguing.

2.  For an additional entry, follow me on twitter @shemanufactures & tweet a link to this giveaway, then come back here to leave a comment saying that you did so.

Entries close at 9 pm. Eastern on Wed. Nov. 30. One winner will be chosen by a drawing on  Accidental duplicate entries will be deleted.  Sorry, for legal reasons this giveaway is only for residents of the continental US who are 18 or older.  Entrants agree not to hold me liable for any unforeseen technical problems (like Blogger crashing).

Paleo/Primal Friendly Recipes in Ciao Italia: Family Classics

Antipasto Salad
Classic Antipasto
Fried Ricotta Cheese - serve on red pepper wedges instead of bread
Red Pepper Boats
Marinated Salmon Trout
Raw Tuna Antipasto
Carpaccio of Sea Scallops with Fennel Slaw
Marinated Shrimp - sub in cucumber instead of cannellini beans to keep it a no-cook dish
Pecorino Cheese and Fresh Fava Beans
Fresh Fava Bean and Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Cylinders

Nonna Galasso's Chicken Soup
Two-Ricotta Cheese Soup
Chunky Roasted Vegetable Soup
Fish Broth
Fish Chowder
Sicilian-Style Mussel Soup
Wedding Soup - use your favorite paleo meatball recipe

Pasta & Sauces 
- serve the sauces over zucchini "spaghetti", spaghetti squash, or really any vegetable
-if desired, substitute chicken stock for wine.  
Mixed Mushroom Sauce
Onion Sauce
Creamy Lemon Sauce
Pork Ragu
Tuna and Lemon
Seafood Sauce
Clam Sauce
White Clam Sauce
Fontina Sauce
Tomato Sauce
Puttanesca Sauce
Sun-dried Tomato Sauce
Uncooked Cherry Tomato Sauce - leave out sugar
Garlic and Oil Sauce with Walnuts and Pecorino Cheese
Oven Baked Beef Shin Tomato Ragu
Ricotta Cheese Sauce
Sicilian Lemon and Olive Oil Sauce
Ragu Bologna Style
Nonna Galasso's Stuffed Rolled Beef
Orange Sauce
Tuscan Style Meat Sauce
Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil

Baked Scallops
Roasted Sea Bass with Fennel, Oranges, and Olives
Stuffed Baked Fish Bundles
Large Shrimp, Amalfi Style
Christmas Eve Clams
Halibut in Lemon Sauce
Pan-Cooked Shrimp in Garlic and Wine
Salmon, Peas, and [not!] Pasta - sub in a veggie for the pasta
Sole in Galliano Butter Sauce
Scallops in Viniagrette

Steak Neapolitan Style
Italian Style Pot Roast
Pork Sausage with Bitter Greens
Homemade Italian Sweet Sausage
Chicken Livers and Onions
Rabbit in Balsamic Vinegar
Lamb Stew in Lemon and Egg Sauce - omit flour
Marinated Lamb Should Chops w/ Fresh Mint Sauce
Luigi's Lamb Chops

This huge list doesn't even account for the vegetable and salad sections.  There's also a rice section that the adventurous could adapt to riced cauliflower. So many great ideas!


  1. Stuffed Baked Fish Bundles looks the most interesting at the moment, mostly because I want to know what fish gets stuffed, and what with! Nice blog here all around, by the way :)

  2. HI, I find Christmas Eve clams most intriguing because how do one cook Christmas to clams?

  3. Oh yea, I tweeted your link!

  4. I would love to try the Halibut in Lemon Sauce.


  5. Italian style pot roast.

  6. Anonymous11/28/2011

    I would love to try the Lamb Stew in Lemon and Egg Sauce

  7. Homemade Italian Sweet Sausage
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  8. The pan-cooked shrimp in garlic and wine sounds good!

  9. I would love to try the steak neapolitan style :)

  10. Stuff Baked Fish Bundles!

  11. Pan-Cooked Shrimp in Garlic and Wine. I am a shrimp lover and like to try different ways it is fixed

  12. Yummy! The Classic Antipasto sounds like something my kids would actually eat.

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  13. I think the fried ricotta cheese sounds good.

  14. baked scallops

  15. fried ricotta cheese on pepper slices osunds so lovely this morning!

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  16. Homemade Italian Sweet Sausage

  17. Salmon, Peas, and Not Pasta sounds interesting.

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  18. I gotta go with the Mixed Mushroom Sauce.

  19. Anonymous11/29/2011

    Pork Ragu would be great.

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  20. Italian style pot roast

  21. I found Pan-Cooked Shrimp in Garlic and Wine most intriguing because I just love the combination of shrimp and garlic.

  22. I like the homemade Italian sweet sausage recipe. :) Sounds fantastic.

  23. Following you on Twitter and Tweeted!!/ShannonEgan2/status/141704395338424320

  24. Red Pepper Boats is my recipe of choice!

  25. i need a good recipe for Puttanesca Sauce so that would intrigue me

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  26. i follow you on twitter as carolinamosaic and tweeted!/carolinamosaic/status/141729987970605057

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  27. I want to make the Italian sausage. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

  28. Lamb Stew looks yummy

  29. I would love to try the italian style potroast.

  30. Stuffed Baked Fish Bundles

  31. I'd like to try the two ricotta cheese soup

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  32. Anonymous11/30/2011

    Steak Neapolitan Style sounds great
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  33. Anonymous11/30/2011

    italian sweet sausage

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  34. id love the Homemade Italian Sweet Sausage that sounds so delicious :)

  35. The Pan-Cooked Shrimp in Garlic and Wine sounds delish!

  36. I find Nonna Galasso's Stuffed Rolled Beef intriguing.

  37. The "Fried Ricotta Cheese - serve on red pepper wedges instead of bread" caught my eye right away. Sounds interested! And yummy!!
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  38. Fried Ricotta Cheese sounds scrumptious!.

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  39. The Sicilian-Style Mussel Soup sounds lovely. kcarlson1152[at]

  40. Italian Style Pot Roast.

  41. The pesto sounds interesting!


  42. I follow via Twitter -- @chriskaleta

  43. I would love to try Two-Ricotta Cheese Soup. Sounds delicious.

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  44. Anonymous11/30/2011

    i would like to try the Steak Neopolitan style