Tag | vegetables

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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Rustic Italian Revisited

A new edition of my book Williams-Sonoma Rustic Italian has just been published. This updated version has 20 new recipes and beautiful new photos from photographer Maren Caruso, including this drop-dead gorgeous cover shot. The original premise of the book ~ simple recipes to share with family and friends ~ hasn’t changed, but when the […]

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Pomodori Ripieni | Stuffed Tomatoes

Most Tuesdays, my friend Tori Ritchie, a veteran cookbook author and food writer, emails a recipe to subscribers. I’ve been one for years and I always enjoy seeing her Tuesday Recipe emails in my inbox (the same cannot be said for all the emails in my inbox). The recipes Tori shares are usually simple and always appetizing. Often […]

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Ciabotto Abruzzese

As soon as I took a bite of this vegetable stew at my friend Giulia’s house, I knew I wanted to share the recipe with you. Ciabotto (cha-bot-toh), as it is called in Abruzzo, is the essence of summer, a savory sauté of zucchini, eggplant, potatoes, onions, and tomatoes, cooked in wine and a generous amount […]

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Vellutata di Sedano

Celery seems to have been left out of the current vegetable love fest. For awhile, kale was the primary object of all the affection. This year it’s Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. But celery? No love. Here’s the thing: we all have a bag of celery in our fridge. And maybe that’s the problem. Supermarket celery, with its pale […]

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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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