Archive | October, 2013

Choosing and Storing Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Tweet In my perfect world, everyone would have a beloved Uncle Lorenzo who lives in the beautiful Sicilian countryside with groves of ancient gnarled olive trees. Family and friends would gather annually for the “crush” (the making of olive oil) and there would be an abundance of food, drink and laughter. Of course, we would […]

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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Tweet Spaghetti with garlic and olive oil is the most basic way to sauce pasta. In a country where it is quite common (the norm actually) for the same pasta dish to vary from north to south, region to region, town to town, family to family, this “poor man’s meal” seems to be the common […]

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Tweet If I could have but three items in continuous and everlasting supply, my perpetual pantry would contain bread, olive oil and salt … in that order! Fresh olio d’oliva (olive oil) is as essential to me as water. I use it every day so it’s only logical that it is an indispensable ingredient in […]

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Roasted Cauliflower Penne & Pinoli

Tweet I love, love, love cauliflower! This dish is so Sicilian with the pine nuts (pinoli) and currantsĀ (passoli) but you can certainly substitute chopped walnuts and raisins if that’s what you have in your pantry. The currants add a touch of sweetness which balances out the spicy pepper flakes. After a busy day, sometimes I […]

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