vegetables

Roasted Baby Eggplant

Roasted Baby Eggplant

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  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.…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Frittata

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  Whether this frittata is paired with a hot cup of coffee and fresh oranges on a cold winter morning or a refreshing iced tea and vine-ripened tomatoes on a…

Oven-Fried Zucchini

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  We eat a ton of vegetables in this house. Most of the time these vegetables are roasted, grilled, sauteed, marinated and eaten raw but, every now and then, they…

Sweet Potato & Andouille Hash

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  Hash became notably popular during and after World War II, due to the rationing of fresh meat and for many, it came in a can (Hormel corned beef hash).…
Roasted Tomatoes

Pomodori al Forno

  Romas, beefstakes, heirlooms and cherries, so many tomatoes, so little time. Recently, I purchased several pounds of tomatoes which I intended on using in a variety of recipes. “Intended”…

Mini Italian Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

  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…

Caprese Bite

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  My Caprese bite is a natural for merenda, just that one perfect bite of a classic! They are easy to make and great to have on hand for a…

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

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  Delicious dishes don’t have to be complicated, as is the case with this classic combination of melone e Prosciutto (melon and Prosciutto). Starting off many an Italian meal, this…

Mini Orzo-Stuffed Peppers

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  This is the mini version of my Orzo-Stuffed Peppers. Just the right size for merenda (snack). Serve them as a delicious first course or bring a tray of peppers…

Cauliflower Tart (Crustless)

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  There are four major groups of cauliflower and hundreds of varieties used around the world. Of these groups: Italian, Northwest European biennial, Northern European annual and Asian, the Italian…

Carciofi alle Brace (Char-Grilled Artichokes)

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  As Pellegrino Artusi, the best-selling nineteenth century Italian cookbook author said, “everyone knows how to cook artichokes on a grill”. Well, if you haven’t attempted it yet, here’s your opportunity…

Frittata con Zucchini

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  A ridiculously quick and easy way to get a perfect frittata (Italian omelet) for one. It seems I always have leftover roasted or grilled veggies of some kind in…

Marinated Zucchini Salad

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  This is another one of those recipes that travels well. Whether you’re off to the beach or an extended road trip, salads prepared without mayonnaise have a longer “cooler”…

Fricassea di Funghi

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  The only fricasee dish I can recall was with chicken in a wonderful lemon-y butter sauce. I only have mushrooms tonight so I thought I’d try and recreate that…

Cauliflower in Lemon-Caper Sauce

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  Capers are a small but distinctive ingredient in Sicilian cooking. The caper bush grows wild on the Italian Islands of Salina (Aeolian Islands, north of Sicily) and Pantelleria (Strait…

Cauliflower Greens and Eggs

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  I am always looking for alternatives to replace breakfast potatoes. When I made Cauliflower Greens Restelli the other day, I had an “Ahah” moment. Now, that dish is delicious…

Spinaci alla Siciliana

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  This is a classic Sicilian vegetable dish. It can be prepared with spinach, chard, mustard greens (or any other leafy greens). Nutritious and delicious this recipe literally takes only…

Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

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  You might not recognize this salad the way it’s presented. I certainly didn’t when it was served to me at a fine restaurant in Las Vegas. I ordered insalata…

Bell Peppers and Eggs

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  My mother was not a huge fan of fish, so our meals during Lent consisted of vegetables, beans and legumes and of course pasta. The meal that I associate…
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