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Mary Ann's in a creative mood, nella cucina, when she turns the humble cauliflower into a masterful star, starting with luscious Creamy Cauliflower Baked in a Mold. Then it's time for a colorful and hearty Broccolo and Pasta that will leave you cheering for cauliflower the next time you see it in your grocery store - or better yet, in your garden.

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You can't beat shaping pasta by hand, unless you're making curvy, twisting, tricky-to-shape cavatelli (little caves) from Puglia, and are lucky enough to have a crazy-looking machine that cranks them by the dozens. Mary Ann's in luck, because she has la macchina di pasta and does just that, then adds them to a spicy, colorful, broccoli rabe sauce that finds its way into those "caves" and into your heart as well.

There's no end to what you can do with cheese, and Mary Ann proves it by combining it into a Four Cheese Pizza, grating it into potatoes for a pan-fried Frico, and shredding, then melting it into a Grana Padano Cheese Basket with Basil Oil Infusion. Cheese? Please!

Mary Ann proves there are more ways to cook chicken than you can possibly imagine by preparing classic Chicken with Wine and Grapes, then a wintry-perfect Chicken and Fontina Casserole, and finishes off with easy-to-prepare Chicken Cutlets Stuffed with Ham and Herbs. Don't be chicken with chicken.

Mary Ann visits ceramic artist Franco Mari in Deruta, Italy, the birthplace of Umbrian pottery. His inspired, colorful creations inspire her to go nella cucina to create Ciaramicola, a fantasy-like, Easter Sunday bread slathered with Alchermes-laced meringue, covered with colored sprinkles and browned in the oven. Served on a Franco Mari platter, it's a vision of heaven on earth.

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