Category Archives: Vegetables and Salads

Insalata alle arance rosse, bufala e melogranato

Blood Orange, Bufala and Pomegranate Salad Everything you see, said Sophia Loren, I owe to spaghetti. Beata lei.  Lucky her.  The carbohydrate load of a heaping plate of pasta asciutta doesn’t do quite as much for the rest of our … Continue reading

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Carciofi alla romana

Few vegetables are as revered in Roman cuisine as the artichoke.  Late February marks the start of the artichoke season in Rome, and the lovely thistle vegetable makes its appearance in fruit and vegetable markets and on menus across the … Continue reading

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Alla salute!

Italian food, we were once told, is the most unhealthy of all ethnic food in the U.S..  Worse than Asian food, worse than Mexican food.  Sadly, in America and other countries outside of Italy, it is true.  Italian food has … Continue reading

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Torta Pasqualina

Pasqua con i tuoi, Pasquetta con chi vuoi. Easter, the saying goes, should be spent with family.  Traditions abound at Easter time in Italy, and of course many of them revolve around food.  Easter breakfast at Stefano’s house is always … Continue reading

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Torta salata con pomodori, olive e ricotta salata

Cooking in summer is more fun than in any other season.  The flavors are explosive and intense, the days are longer so dinners are later, and everything is more relaxed. This weekend at the lake we cooked in our swimsuit … Continue reading

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Torta Rustica (Rustic Farmhouse Pie)

I’m not sure what made us crave a torta rustica this weekend.  Perhaps it was the dark and stormy week we’ve had that gave appeal to the scent of a savory pie baking in a warm oven.  Or, maybe the … Continue reading

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Peperonata

Mens sana in corpore sano.  A sound mind in a healthy body. This Latin phrase, which originates from the 1st century Roman poet Juvenal’s  Satire X and is attributed to the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Thales, reflects the symbiotic relationship between … Continue reading

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Insalata di arance

It’s time to lighten up a bit! The Thanksgiving meal is now behind us, but December being the season of winter parties and holiday baking, more hearty, rich food awaits us. We’re not complaining, of course.  We love this time … Continue reading

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Cherry Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

We just can’t get enough tomatoes this summer. Big, red beefsteak tomatoes, oblong juicy grape tomatoes, sturdy romas and ugly heirlooms – we’ve had them all.  We had the most delicious yellow tomatoes from a friend’s garden.  Mild-flavored and juicy, … Continue reading

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Greens!

No-one could cook up a pot of greens like Stefano’s grandma, or Nonnetta, as she was known to us. Rapini, sometimes called broccoli rabe, or cime di rapa in italian, were her specialty.  They were mildly bitter and perfectly seasoned … Continue reading

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