Archive for February, 2012

Tagliatelle with Peas and Salmon

Tagliatelle with Peas and Salmon

Tagliatelle with peas and salmon is made with the very versatile, you guessed it, tagliatelle pastashape .  We used salmon and peas as the main ingredients, but you can substitute shrimp or any other firm flesh fish to serve with the peas and tagliatelle. Tagliatelle with Peas and Salmon   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 35 [...]

Let Us Feed You Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Pastificio Vicidomini Pasta Giveaway

Let Us Feed You Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Pastificio Vicidomini Pasta Giveaway

(photo: the three Pastificio Vicidomini pastas and extra virgin olive oil included in the contest – six total items – the photo was taken in our basement pantry so excuse the appearance) We love making people happy with food and nothing warms my heart here at Scordo more than giving away great Italian food products to our loyal readers and fans. [...]

How Italian Food Conquered the World

How Italian Food Conquered the World

(photo: The cover of John Mariani’s How Italian Food Conquered the World.) After reading through the first chapter of John Mariani’s How Italian Food Conquered the World I felt both enlightened and stimulated and overwhelmed and short of breath.  The former feeling was a result of the numerous “fun facts” scattered throughout the first chapter ranging from the history of the restaurant in Europe [...]

What We’re Reading – Spaghetti alla Carbonara, Baby Coffee, Classic Pizza Dough, Fennel Love, and Culinary Awards

What We’re Reading – Spaghetti alla Carbonara, Baby Coffee, Classic Pizza Dough, Fennel Love, and Culinary Awards

(photo: Stovetop espresso with tiny pears soaking in grappa.) Spaghetti alla Carbonara, Baby Coffee, Classic Pizza Dough, Fennel Love, and Culinary Awards!   NY Times Dining Section- David Tanis’ article states that enthusiastically that “fennel is under appreciated no more” and offers a nice baked fennel dish recipe.  We applaud David for making a bold statement, but who knew the vegetable was ever “under appreciated” [...]

Grilled Sardines in a Light Tomato Wine Sauce (Sardine alla Griglia in Salsa Leggera di Pomodoro e’ Vino)

While in Italy this summer we ate a tremendous amount of seafood given our location along the Mediterranean Sea.  We feasted on swordfish, mussels, dried cod (though caught elsewhere),  prawns, sardines, etc.  Sardines are a particular favorite of mine and one of my favorite seafood dishes prepared this past summer by mother included fresh sardines, expertly filleted, and quickly pan grilled [...]

Grilled Skinless Boneless Italian Chicken Breasts (Pollo Alla Griglia)

Grilled Skinless Boneless Italian Chicken Breasts (Pollo Alla Griglia)

My favorite way to cook chicken is to roast it whole (butterflied so it shortens the cooking period) on either an outdoor, wood charcoal fired, BBQ or in the oven.  I also like braising chicken parts in herbs, potatoes, onions, and white wine and of course the standard chicken cutlet. A simpler chicken preparation includes roasting chicken breast fillets on [...]

Lacinata Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup (Zuppa di Cavolo Nero e Cannellini)

Lacinata Kale and Cannellini Bean Soup (Zuppa di Cavolo Nero e Cannellini)

The variety of kale known as Lacinato is critical to Italian food history and specifically to the second-most-populous region of Italy known as Campania (Napoli being the most well known city in the province).  Lacinato kale has a bitter and sweet flavor profile and is comprised of a rich blue green color.  Lacinato kale is traditionally used in minestrone soupand [...]

Potato, Red Pepper, and Onion Frittata (Frittata di Patate, Peperone e Cipolla)

Potato, Red Pepper, and Onion Frittata (Frittata di Patate, Peperone e Cipolla)

The common, everyday Frittata, is a critical dish to master if you’d like to eat in the Italian tradition – especially the Potato, Red Pepper, and Onion Frittata (Frittata di Patate, Peperone e Cipolla).  The dish will allow you to make a delicous lunch or dinner at any point during the week and it’s incredibly versatile and able to be made from leftovers [...]

Roasted Eggplant with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Parmigiano-Reggiano (Melanzane al Forno con Parmigiano-Reggiano)

Roasted Eggplant with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Parmigiano-Reggiano (Melanzane al Forno con Parmigiano-Reggiano)

(photo: cubed Sicilian, round, eggplant just prior to roasting) Our roasted eggplant with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano contains two ingredients (not including Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and extra virgin olive oil) and I’m very proud to assert the lack of ingredients in the dish!   The dish, like much of the cooking in Italy, is dependent on the ingredients.  The eggplant we used [...]

Mafalde with Dandelion, Onion, and Fish

Mafalde with Dandelion, Onion, and Fish

(photo: ingredients for our mafalde fish pasta include wild or standard dandelion greens, garlic, onion, salmon, and grouper) When I speak to my mother on the phone each night (yes, don’t snicker there’s no way around avoiding your Italian mother) she inevitably asks me, “so, what did you make for dinner?”  And while I often answer back with a southern Italian classic [...]