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Grilled Vegetable Salad

Tweet Grilled seasonal vegetables are the foundation of many of my spring and summer-time meals. It might be one special vegetable, such as carciofi alle brache, two or three different vegetables layered with ricotta into colorful stacks or an entire platter of my favorites served warm with a balsamic vinaigrette as shown here. The vegetables […]

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Roasted Balsamic Onions

Tweet Not only is this a great condiment to have on hand in your own refrigerator, it ‘s also a wonderful, thoughtful gift any time of the year. Because it’s so versatile, I often make a double or triple recipe when I know I’m going to be super busy.  This allows me to be able […]

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Zuppa di Cipolle

Tweet Onion soups have been popular since Roman times, so it seems to me that French onion soup might not be so French after all! As you may recall from your history class, Henry II, future king of France, married a lovely Italian girl from Florence named Catherine de Medici. What you might not remember […]

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Mini Italian Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

Tweet A sandwich of Italian sausage, onions and peppers is typical street food of my beloved Sicily. I have served and eaten it on many occasions, from various local and regional Italian Festas (festivals) to football parties and BBQ’s. Herein lies the dilemma, what to do when this is the main event at your gathering […]

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Cipollini

Tweet Little onions, (cipollini) look like ping-pong balls that have been slightly flattened. These little bulbing onions originated in Italy and are harvested 100 days after planting. They have a pale yellow and gold-colored thin papery skin and a translucent white flesh. They have more residual sugar than your average onion and no harsh onion […]

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Italian Sausage & Peppers

Tweet The ubiquitous sausage and peppers sandwich prevails at just about every Italian festival I’ve ever attended, including this past weekend’s Sicilian Festival in San Diego. It’s the quintessential street food with it’s rustic simplicity and rich and lusty flavors. The pairing of great tasting Italian sausage with the caramel sweetness of onions and peppers […]

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Beef Brisket with Carmelized Onions & Marsala Sauce

Tweet Much of the nation’s supply of brisket is made into corned-beef, pastrami or pot roast. Corned-beef brisket is a brisket that has been preserved with salt and flavorings (corned). That is not the kind to use for this recipe. Brisket contains very little fat, leaving the muscle fibers quite tough which is why it […]

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Carmelized Onion & Gruyere Quiche

Caramelized Onion & Gruyere Quiche

Tweet In the mid 1980’s I taught cooking classes for the Adult Education Department at our community college. One of the favorites was Brunch, The Perfect Way to Entertain. One student, the only man in the class, surprised his wife on their anniversary with the entire brunch menu. At our next meeting, he informed his […]

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Joe's Special

Joe’s Special

Tweet Some say this famous San Francisco specialty was devised by a San Francisco chef as a variation on the Italian frittata. Others insist it was created as an after-hours snack by dance-band musicians during the 1920’s. A third theory attributes the dish to miners who frequented the city’s riotous Barbary Coast district in the 1850’s. […]

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