A Week in Sicily with Odette Williams
Elizabeth Minchilli
by Elizabeth
4M ago
The Culture of Food in Sicily with Odette Williams September 15-21, 2024 If you look on your bookshelf, you likely have one of Odette William’s books there. Simple Cake and Simple Pasta were both NY Times bestsellers. Australian-born Odette currently lives in Brooklyn and writes a weekly super fun column in the Wall Street Journal, Party Trick. Traveling with Odette is like being at one of her parties: she is the ultimate hostess. Odette’s relationship with Italy is strong: The moment I was old enough to travel, I packed my backpack and took off for Italy. The food and culture left a lastin ..read more
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Pasta e ceci
Elizabeth Minchilli
by Elizabeth
4M ago
Since both girls are now living in Rome we are having more family dinners these days. I usually ask for suggestions about what to cook, and last week Pasta e Ceci was the winner. It’s not something I usually make, but I found a recipe (slightly adapted) from Rachel Roddy, which is super easy. So easy in fact that  I think I’ll be making it more often. It’s basically a pantry recipe, except for the celery and onions. There is a good chance you have all the ingredients on hand already. Pasta e ceci is a cross between a pasta dish and a soup. You can make it as thick or thin as you’d like. I ..read more
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Tomatoes + Bread
Elizabeth Minchilli
by Elizabeth
4M ago
This is the time of year I can eat tomatoes for every meal, every day, every way. Luckily our vegetable garden is in over drive this year. Last year we got not one single tomato. This year? Our freezer is full of soup, sauce and just bags of cherry tomatoes to brighten our winter. But in the meantime we are trying to go through as many fresh tomatoes as possible. One of the all time great pairings with tomatoes is of course bread. Of course just sliced tomatoes doused with olive oil and a slice of crusty loaf is great. But there are so many other recipes you should be making. Here are a few of ..read more
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Sformatini di Zucchini
Elizabeth Minchilli
by Elizabeth
4M ago
As part of my never ending decades long series for new zucchini recipes I present Sfomatini di Zucchini. I make a winter version of this all the time, but somehow never thought it could be a way to use up my July zucchini crop. I made these recently as the first course to a dinner party. Even though it was in theory too hot to turn on the oven, it was worth the 20 minutes of heat. They come together very fast and the only fiddly part is making the zucchini strips to line the ramekins. I had planned to make a basil pesto to drizzle over it, but time ran out. Next time I will for sure. Print S ..read more
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Vegetable Tart with Burrata
Elizabeth Minchilli
by Elizabeth
4M ago
I’m all about easy when it comes to summer cooking. The less I have to do the better. Vegetable Tart with Burrata (Tortino di Vedura con Burrata) is one of those back-pocket recipes I took home with me from Puglia while I was working on my book The Italian Table. I had this dish at the lovely Masseria Potenti where seasonal vegetables from the garden are center stage. Maria Grazia (the owner and head chef at the Masseria) realizes she doesn’t have to do much to the fantastic fresh produce she grows herself. At the same time she has a flair for presentation. Her Vegetable Tart with Burrata is r ..read more
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Tramezzini for A Cocktail Party
Elizabeth Minchilli
by Elizabeth
4M ago
The following is a chapter that I wrote for my book The Italian Table. It got cut for space  and I just realized I’ve never shared any of it. So here it is! Tramezzini make the perfect menu for a cocktail party.  Tramezzini and I were not always friends. I blame this lack of openness to a little triangular sandwich on my father. While he first introduced me to pizza, pasta and other kinds of panini back in the 1970s when we first moved to Italy, tramezzini were not on his greatest hits list. And so I too scoffed at these odd little sandwiches which featured two of the food groups ban ..read more
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Asparagus + Avocado Bruschetta
Elizabeth Minchilli
by Elizabeth
4M ago
I’m totally obsessed with bruschetta these days. Specifically asparagus and avocado bruschetta. I think it has a lot to do with a fantastic new bakery opening in my neighborhood. I’ve never been a huge fan of bread in Rome. I know everyone loves the bread from Roscioli, which is basically pane di lariano. And I can appreciate that it is good, but big huge loaves, with rock hard crust and huge airy bubbles inside a slightly chewy crumb just doesn’t do it for me personally. Instead Forno da Milvio is making bread that is denser, slighty sour doughy and with crust that is not so agressive it’s g ..read more
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Carciofi Pari – Stewed Artichokes
Elizabeth Minchilli
by Elizabeth
4M ago
I seriously didn’t think there was an artichoke recipe in Italy that I didn’t know. But last week, while Sophie and I were in Lecce with our group, we participated in a cooking lesson where we learned this amazing recipe which was totally new to us. The name of the recipe is ‘Carciofi pari’ or ‘Carciofi tutti pari’ which roughly translates as ‘Artichokes all the same.’ We learned that this is a method of cooking almost any mixture of vegetables where everything gets cooked in one pot at the same time. You just layer it all in and cover to cook. No sauteing of onions first. And no stirring. Al ..read more
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Bruschetta with Sardines and Broccoli
Elizabeth Minchilli
by Elizabeth
4M ago
My friend Annie recently wrote about the health benefits of eating certain types of canned fish. If your idea of canned fish is limited to water packed tuna, then you’re in for a delicious surprise. High quality, oil packed sardines, anchovies, clams and more are a incredibly scrumptious – and convenient and healthy – thing to keep in your pantry. I am a huge fan of sardines and often add them to pasta or make salads.  But I  usually just eat them as is, on a plate with a side of leftover vegetables and some bread for lunch. But this past weekend I turned things up a notch, and made ..read more
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A Week in Sicily with Odette Williams
Elizabeth Minchilli
by Elizabeth
4M ago
The Culture of Food in Sicily with Odette Williams September 15-21, 2024 If you look on your bookshelf, you likely have one of Odette William’s books there. Simple Cake and Simple Pasta were both NY Times bestsellers. Australian-born Odette currently lives in Brooklyn and writes a weekly super fun column in the Wall Street Journal, Party Trick. Traveling with Odette is like being at one of her parties: she is the ultimate hostess. Odette’s relationship with Italy is strong: The moment I was old enough to travel, I packed my backpack and took off for Italy. The food and culture left a lasti ..read more
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