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Grilled Sicilian Eggplant with Pesto Feta Sauce

Grilled Sicilian Eggplant with Pesto Feta Sauce

We recently prepared a side dish consisting of grilled eggplant with shredded basil and the result was very good, however we wanted to intensify the dish a bit and, in turn, altered the eggplant variety and topping.  The end result was a grilled Sicilian, variety, eggplant and pesto feta recipe that elevated ordinary eggplant into a super contorno (or side [...]

Chicken Thighs with Lemon, Garlic, and Parsley

Chicken Thighs with Lemon, Garlic, and Parsley

We should all get down on our knees and thank the food Gods for allowing our species to co-exist in a world where the chicken thigh is present.  Yes, the often misunderstood and poorly utilized chicken thigh is a home cooks secret weapon given flavor, cost, and easy preparation.  You can purchase a whole chicken and butcher your own thighs [...]

Fried Potatoes or Patate Fritte

Fried Potatoes or Patate Fritte  My father is known to tell a good story and like any gifted orator he tends to exaggerate the goings-on / facts behind his other wise excellent memory.  However, there is one topic where my father is fairly blunt about his experiences and observations; viz., food.  Ask my father, for example, what his favorite dish is [...]

Grilled Eggplant with Basil

Grilled Eggplant with Basil

The following Grilled Eggplant with Basil recipe is a great summer contorno or side dish and can be easily prepared via an outdoor grill.  The key to grilling eggplant outdoors is to cut the eggplant fairly thick (1/2 inch) and preseason with olive oil, kosher salt, and ground black pepper.  You’ll also want to be very sensitive to cooking time and [...]

Grilled Skirt Steak with Rosemary and Garlic

Grilled Skirt Steak with Rosemary and Garlic

Grilled Skirt Steak with Rosemary and Garlic and Tomato Salad In an ideal world, the home cook would head to his local market or series of specialty shops on a daily basis and simply buy the freshest and best looking meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, bread, etc. and cook meals based on the quality of available product (in a perfect world, the home [...]

Early Summer Vegetables: Chard, Arugula, Zucchini, Parsley

Early Summer Vegetables: Chard, Arugula, Zucchini, Parsley

With our parents in Italy for the summer we’ve been benefiting from their small, yet abundant, New Jersey garden and thus far have collected many early summer vegetables:  chard, arugula, zucchini, parsley, basil, mint, and zucchini flowers.  The chard and arugula make excellent fresh salads and we combine the zuchhini and zucchini flowers to make sublime frittelle di fiore di [...]

Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz

We’ve officially fallen in love with the aperitivo ritual this summer, that is to say, enjoying a light cocktail before dinner on the weekdays and lunch on the weekend.  And while our go to aperitivo has been the Americano (and when we’d like something with a bit more alcohol content the Negroni), with any good food and drink you eventually [...]

Antipasto Ideas and Why We Cook and Blog: Eggplant and Ricotta Bruschetta, Olives, Salumi, Cheese, and Pickled Mushrooms

Antipasto Ideas and Why We Cook and Blog: Eggplant and Ricotta Bruschetta, Olives, Salumi, Cheese, and Pickled Mushrooms

Cook to Blog or Cook to Live and Enjoy Life? When we cook and have friends and family over the last thing we want to do is document the process (and take photos).   This may sound sacrilegious coming from a food blogger, but it’s the truth.  For us, preparing and consuming food is not about pictures and words but rather about eating [...]

Fried Peppers, Potatoes, and Onions

Fried Peppers, Potatoes, and Onions

Our classic Fried Peppers, Potatoes, and Onions recipe would feel right at home in either Leonia, NJ (United States) or Bagnara Calabra, Calabria (Italy); that is to say, it’s neither Italian American or American Italian, rather an Italian dish that can be made anywhere. Fried Peppers, Potatoes, and Onions pair well with a grilled pork chop, pan sauteed swordfish or chicken [...]

Soccer, Tennis, Italian Food, and Summer Living

Soccer, Tennis, Italian Food, and Summer Living

Recently we’ve been swept up by the best sport competitions on the planet, including the ongoing  European Soccer Championship.  We’ve been following the Azzurri (translated as the blue shirts or color of the sky) otherwise known as the Italian national soccer team.  The European Soccer Championship, held every four years, is a qualifying tournament comprised of the best national teams [...]