Here is a fall version of our favorite Italian vegetable soup. Of course, you can make substitutions based on what you find at the market. Try onions instead of shallots, parsnips instead of carrots, chard instead of collards or potatoes instead of butternut squash.
November 30. 2016 | | 0 comments
Santa Maria-style barbecue is all about the smoke—grilling over the coals of red oak logs gives it an authentic flavor. Ideally you need a wood-fired barbecue pit with a movable grate, so that you can adjust the meat’s proximity to the heat.
September 03. 2015 | | 0 comments
Use your own sun-dried tomatoes in this dish if you have made them. This dish can be either a side dish on its own or you can add it to pasta for a quick one-dish meal. Summer squash come in many varieties—zucchini, yellow crookneck, pattypan, etc.
August 04. 2015 | | 0 comments
Lately dehydrators have taken over the job of drying vegetables and fruits. They are certainly handy. But in the summer, there is something really satisfying about putting the “sun” back in sun-dried tomatoes.
August 03. 2015 | | 0 comments
Don’t limit potato salad to just picnics and potlucks. This could also work as a side dish at your next dinner party. Using crème fraîche instead of mayonnaise gives it a lighter, tangier flavor. It goes well with fish, chicken and other dinner entrées.
Makes 4 servings
11⁄2 pounds small red, purple, white or yellow potatoes, scrubbed but left whole
2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
1–2 carrots, thinly sliced
1–2 radishes, thinly sliced
2–3 green onions, thinly sliced
A handful of Italian parsley, chervil, dill or any combination
of those, chopped
6–71⁄2 ounces crème fraîche or sour cream
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Bring the potatoes to boil in a large pot of water, then simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until tender. You can easily tell when they are tender by poking them with the tip of a sharp knife. Drain and let cool. Cut in half or quarters, depending on how big your potatoes are. You really want them to be manageable bite-size pieces.
August 01. 2015 | | 0 comments
Make this Tuscan bread and tomato salad when you have leftover stale bread, at least a couple days old. It might seem strange to soak the bread in water and squeeze it out like a sponge, but this is the way they do it in Tuscany. Be sure to use a hearty bread that is very stale. Delicate or fresh bread will be too mushy. Feel free to branch out or embellish it with a garnish of capers, olives, red peppers, burrata or some fresh leafy greens.
July 31. 2015 | | 0 comments