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Gnocchi

Gnocchi

Making gnocchi, or potato pasta, can appear difficult or daunting but like making standard homemade pasta the process is fairly straightforward if you keep a few tips in mind.  For example, if you use starchy potatoes (along with the glutten from the flour) the dough will hold very well.  Further you should always bake your potatoes so that water isn’t [...]

Eggplant Fritters (Polpette di Melanzane)

Eggplant Fritters (Polpette di Melanzane)

The silver dollar sized eggplant fritters or Polpette di Melanzane pictured above are, at times, referred to as eggplant meatballs or patties and are made with a few basic ingredients, including fresh breadcrumbs, roasted or boiled eggplant, and good grated cheese (viz., Parmigiano-Reggiano).  Our mother Annunziata is an expert Eggplant Fritter maker which requires the ability to pan fry foods with [...]

Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

Try this Italian American version of mashed potatoes made with extra virgin olive oil and roasted garlic. Our Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes can be “customized” with the herbs of your choosing (e.g., rosemary, thyme, etc.) and/or freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano. Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes   Print Prep time 30 mins Cook time 30 mins Total time 1 hour   An [...]

What We’re Reading: Italy No. 1 Travel Destination, Italian American Population, Fancy Food Show, NY Little Italy, Gelato University, 36 Hours in Naples

What We’re Reading: Italy No. 1 Travel Destination, Italian American Population, Fancy Food Show, NY Little Italy, Gelato University, 36 Hours in Naples

What We’re Reading: Italy No. 1 Travel Destination, Italian American Population, Fancy Food Show, NY Little Italy, Gelato University, 36 Hours in Naples Italy Ranks No. 1 on America’s 2013 Travel Wish List.  No surprise here (at least from this blogger) that Americans are craving to see Rome, Florence, and Venice and have put Italy at the top of their [...]

Baked Clams Oreganata

Baked Clams Oreganata

Baked Clams Oreganata can be found on most Italian American restaurant menus and when they’re prepared well (with high quality ingredients) they are an excellent way to consume fresh clams, outside of on the half shell with a squeeze of lemon and a dash of Tabasco. Our family feasts on Baked Clams Oreganata during the holiday season and they are fairly [...]

Asparagus Frittata

Asparagus Frittata

We collect frittata recipes here at Scordo like Roger Federer collects Grand Slam tennis victories; that is, en masse.  Our latest frittata recipe is the centered on asparagus and couldn’t be easier to prepare.  Here’s our easy, and delectable  Asparagus Frittata recipe. Asparagus Frittata   Print Prep time 5 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 20 mins   A classic and easy [...]

What We’re Reading: Coppola Foods, Mutti Ketchup, Fennel Salad Recipe, Veal Sauce Recipe, Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino

What We’re Reading: Coppola Foods, Mutti Ketchup, Fennel Salad Recipe, Veal Sauce Recipe, Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino

The excellent Roma based food blog Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino celebrates its four you anniversary today and we’d like to congratulate Eleonora for providing the Italian food world an excellent resource and, specifically, an insider look into the Roma food world. The mighty Heinz ketchup monopoly may have an Italian competitor and it comes via Mutti.  Mutti is based in Parma [...]

Italian Seafood Stew

Italian Seafood Stew

Italian Seafood Stew is made throughout southern Italy and is typically comprised of shrimp, mussels, clams, swordfish, and any firm white fleshed fish.  Seafood stew is wonderful any time of the year; we like to make the dish with a bit of spice during the summer months and even add a bit of pancetta or sausage during the cold winter [...]

Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

Sun-Dried Tomato Spread is a classic Italian treat and can be used on a piece of bruschetta or toasted bread, as a condiment for a sandwich with prosciutto cotto and provola, and even spooned into a sauce for added flavor.  Our version is made with, among other ingredients, homemade olive oil cured sun dried tomatoes, parsley, and red pepper flakes. Sun-Dried Tomato [...]

Italian Vegetarian Recipes and the Culture of Vegetables in Southern Italy (Verdure)

Italian Vegetarian Recipes and the Culture of Vegetables in Southern Italy (Verdure)

Italian Vegetarian Recipes and the Culture of Vegetables in Southern Italy (Verdure) The Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras spent time in deep thought on the Ionian coast in Calabria, specifically in Crotone, and outside of his ideas in math and science he was known to have espoused the Pythagorean diet or what later become known as vegetarianism.   The Pythagorean diet excluded meat, fish, [...]