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Marinated Baby Artichokes

Tweet Native to the western and central Mediterranean, the artichoke is a domesticated variety of the wild cardoon. Cardone, in Italian, is a thistle and looks like large stocks of celery. My grandmother used to coat them in breadcrumbs and fry them. They were amazing. Unlike an artichoke, you eat the stems not the flower […]

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Double Cauliflower with Chard and Onions

Tweet Inexpensive and readily available, cauliflower is a nutritional powerhouse. It is high in vitamins C and K, potassium, manganese, folate, fiber and cancer-preventing glucosinolates. If you are (currently) not a fan of this cruciferous vegetable, perhaps it is because it wasn’t cooked properly. I say cooked because as much as I enjoy cauliflower, there […]

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Burrata & Tomatoes

Tweet Burrata is a cream filled mozzarella sack. Invented in Puglia, Italy, as a way to use the scraps of curds left over after twisting balls of  mozzarella. The scraps are pulled into shreds then mixed with cream and then wrapped with a thin skin of mozzarella. This simple salad of luscious burrata and tomatoes […]

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Shaved Zucchini Salad

Tweet This is a fresh and flavorful raw zucchini dish featuring tangy capers and ricotta salata. The words ‘Ricotta’ means re-cooked and ‘Salata’ means salted. Ricotta Salata is a Sicilian cheese made from the whey part of sheep milk, which is pressed, salted and aged for at least 90 days. It is mild and milky […]

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Honey Roasted Fennel

Tweet Fennel, a favorite Italian vegetable, customarily eaten raw with a bit of salt, sees the year’s second crop in Autumn. We enjoy it in soups, salads, a creamy bowl of beans and even as a beverage. If you’ve never tried this versatile vegetable, this is a perfect recipe for you. Roasting fennel softens the […]

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Roasted Baby Eggplant

Tweet Roasted, stuffed, grilled and fried, are just some of the methods Italians (particularly southern Italians and Sicilians) use to turn this versatile vegetable into a vast variety of dishes. The smaller, baby eggplants of summer are the perfect side-dish for picnics and potlucks or simply to enjoy al fresco at home. Our recent trip […]

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Giardiniera

Tweet The Italian giardiniera, pronounced jar-dih-NAIR-ah, means from the garden and is a classic combination of vegetables. Cauliflower, red bell peppers, carrots, celery and serrano chili peppers are mixed and marinated in a mixture of vinegar, olive oil and seasonings. Giardiniera, a common term for pickled foods, has graced many antipasti platters, but, if you’d […]

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Cauliflower with Crispy Crumbs

Tweet I enjoy all sorts of vegetables, but cauliflower is one of my favorites. As a child, my siblings and I were introduced to this cruciferous vegetable with my mother’s Macaroni and Cauliflower soup. I use this healthy, versatile, vegetable in a myriad of ways. I make a tangy lemon and caper cauliflower that can […]

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Melanzane alla Parmigiana

Tweet Whenever my son, Joe, and I try a new Italian restaurant, the “one dish” that is a make-or-break decision to return, is eggplant Parmesan. The ingredients should compliment one another. The sauce must not overpower the dish nor the flavor of the eggplant be lost under a mound of cheese. An arugula salad with […]

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Delicata Squash

Tweet I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve ever made this squash. Last month my husband and I made a trip to our cabin in the California Sierras. We were enjoying our “little piece of heaven” when we realized we were not alone! A chipmunk (not sure if it was Chip or Dale) […]

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