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Whole Wheat Ravioli with Sweet Potato

Whole Wheat Ravioli with Sweet Potato

One of our more devout readers goes by the moniker of Dr. K., a doctor by training and food lover by way of passion! Dr. K has contributed many guest posts here and his latest is a favorite in the stuffed pasta universe: Whole Wheat Ravioli with Sweet Potato!  Dr. K.’s version of homemade ravioli include whole wheat flour and a […]

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Warm Weather, New Ingredients, and Italian Food

Warm Weather, New Ingredients, and Italian Food

The “warm weather” hasn’t exactly arrived here in New Jersey but there are signs of spring all around. Our flowering pear trees have budded and our ancient Forsythias have yellowed and now brighten our otherwise drab landscape.  And our purple bearded Iris have come up along our narrow driveway along with a host of tullips, lillies, and crocus shots.  So, there are signs […]

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Roasted Salmon with Breadcrumb Topping and Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Roasted Salmon with Breadcrumb Topping and Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

(photo: farmed salmon with arugula salad) Like many folks, one of my favorite fish on the planet is salmon.  The wild variety is divine however I do enjoy the high quality, and sustainable, farmed type which has a fattier texture and composition.    I prepare salmon with our breadcrumb topping (see recipe here), olive oil, black pepper, and Kosher salt.  Thereafter, I use our trusty […]

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Kitchen Essential: The Food Mill or Passatutto

Kitchen Essential: The Food Mill or Passatutto

(photo: various food mills; ours is the top left above) How many of you own a food mill?  Uh-oh, I only see a few hands and I’m getting some quizzical looks!   OK, let’s jump out of the role play and get down to why I think everyone should own a food mill; after all, like a chef’s knife and a cutting board, the […]

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Italian Tuna Salad

Italian Tuna Salad

(photo: an Italian tuna sandwich with tomato salad prepared with Pace da Poggio Etrusco extra virgin olive oil) As many of you know we keep plenty of high quality tuna in olive oil in our Italian pantryat all times!  And we usually prepare our tuna in two ways: 1. as a stand alone salad to be consumed with olives, cheese, […]

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How to Make the Perfect Italian Salad Dressing

How to Make the Perfect Italian Salad Dressing

I always wanted to conduct research on the people of Calabria and get to the bottom of what makes people living in places like France, Spain, Greece, and Italy so healthy with long, healthy, lives.  There’s lots of anecdotal evidence pointing to stress level, diet, universal pensions, environment and climate, etc. and being the food obsessed we like to think diet […]

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Grilled Italian Sausage in Spicy Tomato Sauce Recipe

Grilled Italian Sausage in Spicy Tomato Sauce Recipe

  (photo: grilled Italian sausage in a spicy tomato sauce) Although my favorite way to prepare sausage is grilled on an outdoor barbecue with wood briquettes, simmering already grilled sausage in a spicy tomato sauce is a close second! The recipe is more than easy, it’s almost a non recipe; that is to say, something you can intuit very easily.  Here’s the […]

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Tomato Sauce Made from Pomodori Pelati, Homemade Ravioli, and La Castellina Olive Oil

Tomato Sauce Made from Pomodori Pelati, Homemade Ravioli, and La Castellina Olive Oil

  (photo: La Castellina extra virgin olive oil used to make handmade ravioli with tomato sauce) Every once in a while a particular recipe I’ve made hundreds of times tastes like something completely different.  For example, my wife Erin (who secretly does much of the cooking behind Scordo.com!) made a batch of tomato sauce and I quickly proclaimed it “the best sauce […]

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Homemade Nutella or Hazelnut Chocolate Spread Recipe

Homemade Nutella or Hazelnut Chocolate Spread Recipe

(photo: from left to right: processing the ingredients, toasting hazelnuts, final product) Nutella was invented in Italy in the 1940’s and was a response to the shortage of cocoa (given World War II) and a way to extend the chocolate supply in Italy.  The company, founded by Pietro Ferrero, used hazelnuts as the extender given the abundance of the nut in northwestern Italy.   […]

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Pasta with Ricotta, Tomato Sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano

Pasta with Ricotta, Tomato Sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano

One of our standard pasta dishes here at Scordo is Pasta with Ricotta, Tomato Sauce, and Parmigiano Reggiano.  Our  ricotta is often homemade (see our recipe) and the tomato sauce comes by way of our canned tomatoes.  The pasta condiment produced here is the ideal representation of tomato, rich cream, and hearty flavors (think of it as lasagna or pasta al […]

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