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Mustard Greens

Mustard Greens

Calabrese Mustard Greens Mustard greens are one of the most nutritious green-leafy vegetables on the planet and have more vitamin A, carotenes, vitamin K, and flavonoid anti-oxidants than many generic or everyday fruits and vegetables.  Like many of the greens we prepare our mustard green recipe includes extra virgin olive, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes.  We also quickly blanch the vegetable […]

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Gnocchi with Pesto and Canned Italian Tuna

Gnocchi with Pesto and Canned Italian Tuna

Gnocchi with Pesto and Canned Italian Tuna When researching our recipe for Gnocchi with pesto and canned Italian tuna we kept seeing recipes that focused on baking the ingredients and our immediate reply was why would you bake your Gnocchi with pesto and tuna dish?  Our dish focuses on high quality Italian tuna packed in olive oil and homemade pesto and […]

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Anchovy Sauce

Anchovy Sauce

Recently I was going over a recipe with an Uncle interested in food and especially anchovy sauce and when I reached for a bunch of clipped recipes from the NY Times Food section he thought I was crazy for being so “old school”  We can debate endlessly about how one ought to save recipes (digitally or with a good scissor), […]

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Basic Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Basic Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Basic Whole Wheat Bread Recipe A good, easy to make, basic whole wheat bread recipe should be in every home baker’s arsenal.  Our version of a Basic Whole Wheat Bread recipe is adopted from the classic cookbook, Beard on Bread Book (who acquired his recipe from Myrtle Allen, owner of Ballymaloe House, a country-house hotel near Cork, Ireland).  We like this recipe because […]

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Boulevardier Cocktail

Boulevardier Cocktail

The Boulevardier Cocktail The Boulevardier Cocktail or “Italian Manhattan” is credited to Harry McElhone, the founder and proprietor of Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, and dates to 1927.  The Boulevardier Cocktail has become our favorite winter time pre dinner drink and is composed of 1/3 Campari, 1/3 Italian vermouth, and 1/3 Bourbon whisky.  Like all cocktails, the better the ingredients the […]

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Wild Italian Mushrooms

Wild Italian Mushrooms

We’ve written extensively on wild Italian mushrooms in the past, including recipes as the featured ingredient, how to hunt for wild mushrooms, and even how to pickle and preserve mushrooms so they can be enjoyed year round. However, we’ve never given our readers a general overview of mushrooms and specifically how Italians view and consume mushrooms. In Italy, foraging for […]

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Basic Polenta Recipe

Basic Polenta Recipe

A great, slow cooked, pot of polenta can be transformative, while bad polenta, often made with “quick cooking” or instant corn meal, will turn you off to corn for years to come.  Polenta is essentially cornmeal ground in either a fine, medium, or coarse  fashion.  Like most Italian dishes, the better the cornmeal you select the better the outcome.  We […]

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What We’re Reading: Comfort Food Doesn’t Exist, Interactive Seafood Guide, Why Science Improves Your Coffee, and It’s All GMO Anyway

What We’re Reading: Comfort Food Doesn’t Exist, Interactive Seafood Guide, Why Science Improves Your Coffee, and It’s All GMO Anyway

What We’re Reading – The Best of the Food Web Interactive seafood sustainability and guide – National Geographic has put together a great tool for sorting through varying types of fish in relation to health factors, sustainability, etc. Overview of the wonderful qualities of bitterness – Italians have embraced bitter foods and drink for hundreds of years, listen to this […]

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Marinated Stuffed Cherry Peppers

Marinated Stuffed Cherry Peppers

Marinated Stuffed Cherry Peppers Spicy and tangy, marinated stuffed cherry peppers with breadcrumbs are a marvelous, and versatile, side dish that elevates an ordinary sandwich or lunch of various small plates such as good cheese, salumi, bread, eggs, or a piece of simple fish.  You can find these peppers at most Italian delis but why overpay for a small container […]

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Lillet Negroni

Lillet Negroni

As of late it seems the Negroni has caught fire as the cocktail / aperitif of choice amongst discerning drinkers and eaters.  Mike Colameco, who hosts a popular NYC restaurant review show on PBS, raves about having a classic Negroni before each of his meals, for example.  The appeal of the Negroni (made traditionally with Campari, red vermouth, and gin) […]

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