Tag | vegetables

Parm Wonderful

  It’s hard to improve upon that spectacular gooey baked dish eggplant parmesan, aka melanzane alla parmigiana. It is the summer comfort food of choice for legions of Italians and Italian-Americans (and, no doubt, countless other humans, too). I mean, why mess with a classic, right? The truth is, some of us can’t help ourselves. That’s how I ended up with […]

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Summer Notes and Green Tomato Preserves

For years my mom made green tomato preserves every summer. For years, she and my dad gobbled them up on toast while my sister and I ignored them in favor of the strawberry and plum jam she also made (wouldn’t you?). Last week I brought home a handful of green tomatoes from the farmers’ market, intending […]

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Bitter Is Better: A Puntarelle Primer

Maybe you were expecting a box of chocolates or a dozen roses. Don’t worry. I have something better. Something bitter. Because bitter is better. I’m talking about puntarelle (cicoria catalogna), a member of the big, beautiful, bitter family of chicories that also includes endive, escarole and all those lovely varieties of radicchio, such as Castelfranco, Verona, […]

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Olio Santo ~ Abruzzo’s Holy Oil

A distant cousin once entertained my sister and me at the dinner table by eating whole hot peppers. We were little and thought he was crazy, but he was Abruzzese, and as I came to learn first-hand, we Abruzzesi love our peperoncini. No matter where you sit down for a meal in Abruzzo, whether at […]

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Thanksgiving’s Colorful Side

In the end, it doesn’t really matter how you slice it, or if you brine it or stuff it, or even whether you roast it or deep-fry it. In the end, turkey is turkey and it’s the sides that will make your Thanksgiving meal. Even more so than the desserts. Imagine a plate of roast […]

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Let’s Have Dinner at Le Virtu’

Last December, my friend Helen convinced me to hop a train to Philadelphia with her and have dinner at a place called Le Virtù. I had heard of the restaurant specializing in the cuisine of Abruzzo, which (as you all know) is the region my family is from. But, let’s face it, on a chilly […]

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Meatball-Stuffed Zucchini in Tomato Sauce

At least once before the end of summer, my mom would make stuffed zucchini. She used smallish to medium-size zucchini, filled them with seasoned breadcrumbs and baked them. We ate them alongside mozzarella and other cheeses, or with sautéed veal, or sometimes with a chicken from the nearby rosticceria. Every so often she and my […]

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Celebrating Italy’s Glorious Vegetables

In 2008, my family and I took a trip to Venice. Five years later, my most vivid memory of that trip is not of the Piazza San Marco, or the cathedral, or the gondolas wending their way through the canals. It is of the incredible display of vegetables at the Rialto farmers’ market. The selection […]

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New Book, New Look

We have a launch date, friends. August 22 20, 2013 is the official release date for The Glorious Vegetables of Italy. To tell the truth, I get a little dizzy at the thought of it. I never expected to write one cookbook, let alone five. And yet, here I am, less than a decade after […]

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