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The Italian Mafia

The Italian Mafia

The Italian mafia is over 3,000 years old and much of the available literature on the logic behind why the Italian mafia formed is centered on numerous periods of invasion and exploitation by conquering states and armies in Italy.   Thereafter, Italians became “clannish” and started to rely on “familial ties for safety, protection, justice, and survival”, according the FBI. Four Large Mafia [...]

Summer Salads: Grilled Zucchini and Onion with Feta and Basil, Cucumber and Carrot, and Tomato and Red Onion

Summer Salads: Grilled Zucchini and Onion with Feta and Basil, Cucumber and Carrot, and Tomato and Red Onion

The summer is a joyous season for various reasons and tonight we’ve discovered yet another; namely, the summer salad.  The summer salad has many forms and it often materializes without much thought.  For example, tonight we glanced at our bounty of summer vegetables and assembled three salads to go along with our grilled, whole, chicken: Grilled Zucchini and Onion with [...]

Grilled Swordfish

Grilled Swordfish

Head to Bagnara Calabra, located on a tiny sliver of the Tyrrhenian coast, during the month of July and you’ll encounter the swordfish sagra (or festival of the swordfish) to honor local fisherman.  The Bagnarese fishermen have been catching swordfish for over 2000 years (though recently with illegal nets) as opposed to traditional spears which has cast a negative shadow over the art [...]

Fig Sauce Recipe (Salsa di Fichi)

Fig Sauce Recipe (Salsa di Fichi)

Our fig sauce recipe (salsa di fichi) is an easy and versatile pantry staple than can be consumed with a simple yellow/sponge cake or combined with chocolate sauce and a bit of whipped cream for an Italian sundae.  Alternatively, our fig sauce can be used as a savory sauce for pork and chicken (minus a few of the ingredients below) [...]

What We’re Reading: Homemade Mozzarella, Extra Virgin Olive Oil Standards, Granita di Caffe, Caprese Salad, and the Vertigo

What We’re Reading: Homemade Mozzarella, Extra Virgin Olive Oil Standards, Granita di Caffe, Caprese Salad, and the Vertigo

How to Make Homamde Mozzarella – We’ve never made homemade mozzarella, but the Kitchn web site seems to have put together a decent guide and how to article.  We were also informed by our reader Sasha that the book, Animal, Vegetable Miracle has a very good 30 minutes mozzarella recipe. The Legitimacy of Extra Virgin Olive Oil – We received a bit [...]

Eight Things to Do with Tomatoes

Eight Things to Do with Tomatoes

Tomato season is just about to kick off here in our part of the country and we thought we’d share our favorite ways to use the ripe and luscious vegetable (specifically, Eight Things to Do with Tomatoes ).   I’m sure everyone would agree that the tomato season doesn’t last long enough and when it does arrive you one can [...]

Olive Tomato Tapenade

Olive Tomato Tapenade

Olive Tomato Tapenade Tapenade has its origins in the south of France and usually consists of finely chopped olives, capers, anchovies, and extra virgin olive oil.  In Provence, tapenade is spread on thin toast or bread and is consumed as a light snack or hors d’œuvre. Our black olive and tomato tapenade recipe is a variation of our standard tomato [...]

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 [...]