Sicilian Frittedda: A Riot of Tender Spring Flavors

In the springtime in Sicily a simply named dish reveals an explosion of flavor that belies its satisfying complexity. It is a dish special with spring vegetables — fava, peas, scallions and artichokes — and called frittedda (or fritedda). In western Sicily, where frittedda was born, it is served as a grape ‘u pitittu, a […]

A Catalan Way with Fava Beans

As spring arrives and fava bean season comes with it one will see mounds of long thick green fava bean pods piled high at the farmers markets.  Generally, they will be mature pods of about  6 to 7 inches long, but if you were to have your own plant one could harvest them younger.  They […]

Fabulous Fava for a Spring Pasta Dish

Pappardelle with Rock Shrimp, Porcini Mushrooms, and Fava Beans This extraordinary preparation is a special spring dish. In this case, if you can manage it, everything should be homemade and fresh, the pasta, the shrimp, the porcini, and the fava beans. That means you should be thinking of making this recipe in May. Now, if […]

Leftovers Become Lobster Ravioli Pot Pie!

Somehow my youngest son years ago talked me into making lobster ravioli for his birthday every year.  Then his brother and sister got into the act.  Then their mother and so it becomes a big production.  It’s fun as we have an excuse for a ridiculous party every year in late April.  This year I […]

Fava Bean Purée: Start the Party Differently

Fava beans are a spring vegetable with a short season. The good news is these versatile little wonders are about to be plentiful. READ MORE

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