Category Archives: Italian

Summer Pasta With Zucchini, Ricotta and Basil

Tuesday, 04 July 2017

I was reading my daily email from the NYT food department and there it was. The perfect confluence – the junction of two rivers – Zucchini and Ricotta. We are starting summer off with what undoubtedly will be too many zucchini in the garden, which requires me to make every zucchini recipe I can get my hands on. And then there’s ricotta. The recipe advertised a recipe for homemade ricotta. Irresistible. I have been wanting to make ricotta for months – just haven’t gotten to it and here was my chance. This recipe had my name all over it. I hunkered on down. Summer Pasta With Zucchini, Ricotta and Basil (-NYT, David Tanis) Fresh Homemade Ricotta (-NYT, Melissa Clark) Ingredients: 1 quart whole...

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Eggplant Caponata

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Eggplant is one of my favorite foods so I’m always on the prowl for interesting recipes. Nightshade. It’s a ‘nightshade’ food – Solanaceae – considered deadly for people with aching joints and other ailments – not deadly as in life threatening necessarily but deadly as in pain exacerbating. Hard to believe. Urban myth? I think it might actually be true and Ihave tried not eating nightshade plants. I’ve also tried doing more yoga and the later is pretty effective for building up muscle where achiness occurs. Anyway, for the moment, I ignore the information and eat on. This is a super deeply delicious dish with complex flavors of sweet and sour (“agrodolce” in Italian). This dish hails from Sicily according...

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Eggplant Parmigiana

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

It’s June. The month of my birthday. Oh joy. I always look forward to my birthday. Don’t know why. But then I never want to celebrate it. I just look forward to it. I think it’s left over from my childhood and all the fun birthday parties that I had. My mom knew how to do that part up right – that’s for sure. I remember it must have been when I was turning 4 and we had a neighbor who worked at a bakery and my mom let me get this really pretty cake from the bakery (my mom always made our cakes but this was some kind of special exception) and the cake part was a dress – a big beautiful old-fashioned dress with layers and layers. I can still it in my mind and there was a doll stuck in the top of the cake so it...

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Outdoor Wood-Burning Pizza Oven – Pizza

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

I love making pizza. I love it. It’s just a great all around cooking experience. Ingredients that I love. Flour, yeast, a little cheese (or not), tomatoes, chiles, arugula, carmelized onions, everything delicious - and tactile – you get to knead - but not for so long that you get bored. It can be a group experience or a solitary endeavor and of course pizza is so delicious. I love pizza. That’s all I can say. So when Alan and I first started talking about getting an outdoor wood-burning pizza oven I really wanted it so badly that I offered to break my birthday, Valentine’s day, Christmas, and Anniversary gift rule - which is strictly enforced in my home. I (foolishly) suggested that perhaps the outdoor wood-burning pizza...

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