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Cod Sautéed in Olive Oil with Parsley and Garlic

Cod Sautéed in Olive Oil with Parsley and Garlic

The following fish recipe yields a delicious, garlic infused, parsley sauce and delicate, moist cod.  Our cod sautéed in olive oil with parsley and garlic recipe does call for a good amount of olive oil but it forms the base of the green sauce as well as the basting liquid so we suggest you incorporate the entire 1/4 cup of olive [...]

Mozzarella

Mozzarella

Mozzarella has its origins in southern Italy and is a fresh cheese originally made from (water) bufala (female water buffalo) milk  but nowadays is usually made from whole, cow’s, milk.  The technique used to produce mozzarella, and other fresh cheeses,  is referred to as Pasta filata (i.e., “spun paste”) also known as stretched-curd, pulled-curd, and plastic-curd cheeses (which are usually also [...]

Arugula, ChickPea, Red Onion, Fennel, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad

Arugula, ChickPea, Red Onion, Fennel, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad

In our house, salads, of one sort of another, make an appearance 3-4 times per week.  We often consume peppery arugula with crispy fennel, romaine with feta, ripe tomatoes, and black olives, or Boston lettuce with red onion. The salads often follow a hearty bowl of soup made with farro, rice, or cut pasta and is served alongside fresh bread. [...]

Book Review: Salumi by Micheal Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn

Book Review: Salumi by Micheal Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn

Book Review: Salumi by Micheal Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn’s Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing was a popular and more general look at making cured meats.  In the author’s latest pork crazed book, Salumi, Ruhlman and Polcyn focus on eight basic categories of Italian salami (plural salumi), including: guanciale, coppa, spalla, lardo, lonza, pancetta, [...]

Seared Halibut with Tomatoes, Scallions, and White Wine Sauce

Seared Halibut with Tomatoes, Scallions, and White Wine Sauce

Halibut is a white, firm fleshed, fish that has a sweet and delicate flavor.  Our seared halibut with tomatoes, scallions, and white wine sauce is easy to make and can be prepared in under 15 minutes. Halibut is also a nutrient-dense fish with high levels of  protein, including minerals such as selenium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.  Moreover the fish is [...]

Bellini

Bellini

For us, nothing beats the elegance and sensation of starting a meal with a glass of lovely prosecco from the regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy.  Prosecco is a sparkling wine and made from the “prosecco” grape; production is made possible via the Charmat method, where the secondary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks (this process makes prosecco [...]

Homemade Ice Cream Cake

Homemade Ice Cream Cake

Our version of homemade ice cream cake incorporates very good strawberry gelato, sponge cake, and whipped cream.  We were inspired by an ice cream cake we consumed at a pasticceria in Bagnara Calabra  during our extended summer vacation in 2010; the cake was made with local gelato, freshly whipped cream, and luscious strawberries. The ice cream cake recipe below can be [...]

Sauteed Fava Beans

Sauteed Fava Beans

If you’re lucky enough to get a hold of fresh fava beans during the Spring season, then we suggest you highlight the taste of the beans themselves with little manipulation; hence our Sauteed Fava Beans recipe.  Fava beans (also referred to as broad beans) are the king of all beans with a lovely sweet/nutty and rich buttery flavor and are [...]

Italian 7 and 7 Cocktail

Italian 7 and 7 Cocktail

Italian 7 and 7 Cocktail is made without whiskey, but it’s a variation you’ll grow to love! Our growing family recently crossed the Hudson River and took a short drive into the isle of Manhattan for lunch with our cousin and his fiance.  Cousin M. is a lover of food and the culinary world in NYC so we take his [...]

Italian Style Oven Baked Ribs

Italian Style Oven Baked Ribs

Making fall of the bone ribs, with an Italian flare, is an easy culinary task.  Our oven baked ribs are slow cooked in the oven for 3.5 hours and finished on the grill for an outdoor, smokey, flavor.  We infused our oven baked ribs with an Italian kick by incorporating dried oregano and ground fennel seeds into our dry rub [...]