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Masseria (farm) Salad

Tweet In an unspoiled and sun-drenched corner of southern Sicily is the Baroque town of Noto. Noto, known locally as Il Giardino di Pietra (Garden of Stone), is the most beautiful of Baroque towns. The local limestone of the buildings takes on a soft, peachy golden glow and the effect, especially at sunset, is spectacular! […]

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Mediterranean Fish With Sicilian Vinegar

Tweet Although this is a great warm weather dish to enjoy al fresco, while sipping a limonata, it’s also a perfect choice during the holidays. For many, this is a very busy time of year filled with long to-do lists and richer than normal foods. This healthy, protein-packed lunch or dinner is easy to prepare […]

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Capellini and Clams

Tweet Canned clams are an economical, low-fat source of protein and can be used to make soups, stews and pasta dishes. I use wild-caught, Maine Whole Cherrystone Clams for this dish (available at various markets and Trader Joe’s). The ingredients for this quick and easy meal are pantry staples so, dinner can be ready in […]

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Grits vs Polenta

Tweet Is it grits or is it polenta? They both are dried corn, so what’s the difference? Yes, grits and polenta are both made from corn, but to answer that question, we need to understand the difference between hominy grits and plain old grits. Hominy is made from field corn, that’s dried on the cob. […]

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Pesce alla Milanese

Tweet This fish recipe is cooked in the style of Milan with a crisp crumb coating, the tangy taste of lemon and a simple browned-butter sauce. I use my own breadcrumbs┬ámost of the time, but there are some recipes that work well with┬áPanko. Panko are Japanese breadcrumbs. What makes them unique is the processing. The […]

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Grilled Fish Panino

Tweet The first time I visited Sidney by the Sea was completely accidental. I was staying with my sister and we drove from Twin Falls, Idaho, to the University of Idaho in Moscow (it was one of the colleges my nephew was considering). For some reason, (that I don’t remember) we decided to be spontaneous […]

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Swordfish Stemperata

Tweet If for no other reason, (and I have many) I would live in Sicily for her abundant source of fish. The catch varies with the seasons and the waters. There is a Sicilian saying, “If you want to eat fresh fish, you mustn’t have a tight wallet”. Swordfish commands a high price due to […]

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Seared Scallops with Mustard Aioli

Tweet Aioli is a sauce made by mixing extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, crushed garlic and egg yolks until it is smooth and creamy, resembling mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is lemon juice (or vinegar) egg yolks and vegetable oil. Although some restaurants may use these terms interchangeably, aioli and mayo are not the same thing. The significant […]

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Fillet of Sole with Marsala Sauce

Tweet I use Marsala in many of my dishes. This rich and velvety sauce is one of the easiest to prepare and is a delicious compliment to the delicate fillets. Did you know that Marsala in Arabic (Mars-el-Allah) means port of God? It is in this sleepy seaside village on the western coast of Sicily, […]

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