Italian potato, green bean, and tuna salad for the summer win!
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by Michele
6d ago
I have been studying with an online Italian tutor for over 2 years – a (mostly) weekly lesson where I am painstakingly learning all the various Italian verb tenses. My tutor, Lucia, lives in Parma and was born outside Naples. Our lessons usually devolve into a discussion (in Italian of course) on what we are cooking with a good dose of grammar sprinkled in …. great practice as I fumble through ‘I cooked’, ‘I will cook’, ‘I (recently) cooked’, ‘I cook all the time’, ‘I wish I could cook’ – and on and on ..read more
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Seaside Fregola Salad
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by Joe
2w ago
Italians really don’t like to cook in the summer. When the summer starts, so do the lighter and easier-to-prepare meals. Cooking and sweating away in the hot kitchen is no fun especially when you can be outside. If you have any outdoor space to cook or eat, a patio, balcony, or a garden, the grill is lit and a table is set for dinner; ready for a night of food and long conversation with friends and family in the heat of summer ..read more
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Pasta with Pistachio Pesto and Shrimp
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by Michele
1M ago
I first tasted pistachio pesto (pesto al pistacchio) at a restaurant on the slopes of Mount Etna. I don’t remember the exact year but for argument’s sake, let’s say it was 2007ish. It certainly feels like an eternity ago – but I still remember that meal. (Aren’t food memories the best?) A ride into the hills around Etna on a summer’s day. A stop at a nondescript roadside trattoria in the middle of nowhere for lunch ..read more
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Summer Spiedini
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by Joe
1M ago
Spiedini (meaning “skewers” in Italian) are wonderful summertime food that I fondly remember eating at seaside restaurants in Senigallia and Sicily. There is something about these simply prepared skewers quickly cooked over an open grill that evokes summertime for me. Warm breezes, the smell of the sea and of a hot grill cooking food takes me to those casual days enjoying a summertime lunch. Italian food recipes are rarely complicated. Spiedini are an effortless meal that comes together quickly for a crowd ..read more
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Pasta alla Gricia with Fava Beans
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by Joe
2M ago
Pasta alla Gricia is one of the four famous pastas of Rome. The others, Amatriciana, Carbonara and Cacao e pepe are well know but Gricia often gets let off the list. This pasta is another simple combination of the good quality ingredients, guanciale (if you can find it) or pancetta , Pecorino Romano DOP and black pepper. Also, at the moment, I am knee deep in fresh fava beans from my garden and I think they make an amazing addition to this simple dish ..read more
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Chicken with Anchovies
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by Michele
3M ago
Do you have a recipe that you turn to repeatedly, one that you can whip up effortlessly when you are utterly exhausted or simply craving a comforting meal? For me, THIS chicken with anchovies is one of those dishes. It’s like culinary comfort food, a warm hug on a plate. I could practically cook it in my sleep, and truth be told, I’ve come pretty close during my recent bouts of jet lag and busy schedules ..read more
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Ricotta and Pistachio Crostata
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by Michele
4M ago
Buongiorno from Sicily. ? It’s early AM and the sun is just beginning to peek over the buildings. After a restless night of sleep, I have my first espresso in hand and am sitting on a tiny balcony overlooking the harbor in the seaside port of Castellammare del Golfo in western Sicily. The weather has been a bit temperamental with rain and quite the windstorm over the past few days but this morning, the sun is finally shining again ..read more
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Spring Pea Ravioli
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by Joe
4M ago
My sister Michele wrote in our last post that springtime is coming into focus. Judging by the plants leafing out here in Southern California, the birds chirping (one bird family has built a nest on top of our porch light), and longer days coupled with the arrival of daylight savings time, the only thing we’re missing is the official spring equinox. There are really great recipes to cook all year round with ingredients of each season, but spring offers more surprises ..read more
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Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes, Swiss Chard and Pancetta
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by Michele
5M ago
Suddenly it is March! ? Winter is almost behind us. The weather is warming up; the sun is shining; the birds are singing (and driving my cat, Luna, bonkers as she races up and down the steps, from window to window as the birds fly higher.) Soon we will be cooking lighter – gone will be the stews and braises and soups. Don’t get me wrong – I adore all the winter food but it starts to feel heavy and same-same by this time every year ..read more
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Sicilian Cauliflower Salad
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by Joe
5M ago
My hands down favorite winter vegetable is cauliflower. It’s crunchy when raw and slightly sweet. When roasted, it becomes this delicious caramelized side dish that goes great with almost anything. When we were in Sicily last summer, I was again reminded of the interesting varied flavor combinations that can make the simplest ingredients come alive. My sister posted a delicious orange salad dressed up with the flavors of this island and it comes alive because of the additions ..read more
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