Vegetables

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”…

Cipollini

  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…

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…

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…

Cauliflower Greens Restelli

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  This recipe was created by a sous chef at the St. Louie Union Train Station, for the droves of Italian immigrants passing through in the late 1800’s. I came…

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…

Roasted Mashed Cauliflower

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  I love how sweet cauliflower gets when it’s roasted. Quite a different taste from a flowerette on a crudite platter. I’m not a fan of this vegetable in its…

Sicilian Caponata

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  It is believed by some that this Sicilian antipasto originated with the local fisherman. Their caponata alla marinara made with seafood kept well because of the vinegar which acted…
Roasted Red Peppers

Roasted Red Peppers

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  Serve with toasted Bruschetta. These full-of-flavor peppers can also be used in omelettes, pannini and pasta. They are always in my refrigerator in the summer months when they’re less…
Broccoli & Ricotta Salata (plated)

Broccoli & Ricotta Salata in Crosta

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  Because Sicily has an abundance of sheep grazing her hillsides, the Island is quite famous for its sheep milk cheeses. Ricotta Salata is one of them. Ricotta means “recooked”…
Potato, Leek & Gorgonzola Gratin

Potato, Leek & Gorgonzola Gratin

  A gratin is usually topped with cheese and breadcrumbs to form a lightly browned and tasty crust. But I have found that a cream sauce with a bit of…
Sformato di Cavolifiori

Sformato di Cavolfiore

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  A sformato is similar to a souffle but not as airy so you don’t have to worry about it falling. They almost always contain beaten eggs, and usually a…
Fagioli al Pomodoro

Fagioli al Pomodoro

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  Beans are so darn good for you that I’m always looking for ways to incorporate them into our meals. This recipe is great as an antipasto all by itself;…

Stuffed Artichokes (Carcioffi Ripieni)

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  Stuffing artichokes, although not complicated is time consuming. It is the perfect family activity because all ages can participate. The adults need to prepare the artichokes (cleaning and trimming),…