Tag | vegetables

Greek Village Salad

I’ve been to Greece once, on a family trip one long-ago summer. I was a distracted teenager then, and even though I enjoyed it I was also counting the days till I was back on the beach in Italy with my friends, so my memory of the trip is sketchy. But a few details still […]

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Zucchini alla Scapece

Last summer it was these peppers; the summer before, rice-stuffed tomatoes. This year, I can already tell that the season’s MVP ~ the one dish I make more than any other ~ is going to be these zesty fried zucchini coins marinated in garlic- and herb-spiked vinegar. In Italian it is known as zucchine alla […]

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January is for Giardiniera

Nothing beats the cold crunch of giardiniera on a blustery January day. I don’t know what it is exactly about this ubiquitous Italian mixed pickle ~ the tumble of vibrant colors, the peppery spices, the sharp tang of vinegar ~ but I always crave it at this time of year. My guess is that my […]

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MVP Peppers

This happens whenever a new book of mine is published: almost immediately, a recipe from the book rises up and claims MVP status; it becomes my go-to dish, the one I make for cooking classes and demos, and to serve at book signings, talks, tastings, and other events. It is often a personal favorite, but […]

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A “Preserving Italy” Giveaway and Recipe

UPDATE: First, I want to thank all of you who commented and shared your preserving traditions and memories. There is no way I could have chosen a winner, so I passed the duty on to my daughter, who randomly picked a name out of a bowl. And the winner is…Cooking My Life. CONGRATULATIONS, Maureen! Thanks […]

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Olive Oil…and Artichokes

I spent a week in Italy last month learning about and tasting olive oil. The trip was sponsored by the Italian Trade Association as part of an effort to draw attention to superior oils from around the country and to olive farmers and oil producers who aren’t mired in controversy. As you may well know, […]

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Funghi Ripieni | Stuffed Mushrooms

There’s a Twitter account that I follow called Boring Tweeter, whose profile picture is a beige square and who tweets comments like: “Goodnight. I hope I have that dream about cardboard again. It was good.” and “I’m sitting on a chair.” Boring Tweeter’s profile picture might as well be a button mushroom. In the wild […]

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A Welcome Winter Salad

My family has been making this salad for so long I no longer remember the origin of the recipe. I only remember that my mom set it on the table for a dinner party and we were all smitten (oranges + endive + honey mustard + the ’70s). Inevitably over the years the salad acquired […]

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Homemade Celery Salt

I’ve been enjoying wonderful celery from the farmers’ market. The Twin Springs stall has been carrying big bunches with long stalks and loads of leaves since early October. I’ve only had to buy it twice all season because the bunches are so generous. I’ve used some to make cream of celery soup. The rest has ended […]

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On the Light Side: Mushroom Carpaccio

Mushroom carpaccio is not your typical Thanksgiving side dish, which is why I am recommending it. Brightly flavored with parsley and lemon, it’s the perfect counterpoint to all the rich foods that dominate our national holiday meal: those buttery mashed potatoes, that sweet, sweet potato casserole, the brussels sprouts with bacon (or in my case, pancetta), the […]

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