Grilled Porterhouse Steak Very Rare

Grilling a whole, thick, big porterhouse steak that can feed four people is not only a great treat, but tricky enough to require some attention. In Florence, this very same steak is known as bistecca alla Fiorentina. In the region around Florence, a tall, lean, and heavy breed of cattle called Chianina is raised: a […]

Summertime Squid, Grilled the Sicilian Way

Calamari Ripieni   Print Prep time 25 mins Cook time 40 mins Total time 1 hour 5 mins   For ease, buy the squid already cleaned but make sure they include each of the squid’s tentacles. Eight squid should weigh about 1¼ pounds, and that size is ideal for grilling in this recipe. You can […]

Grilled Pork Chops with Juniper Berries

In the summer I find myself grilling a lot more than in the winter which is true for those who don’t live in sunny California too I imagine. I’m always interested in grilling new things or different things.  This recipe from the northeastern region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia region in Italy shows off the popularity of […]

Fire, Fish And Fresh Herbs For Divine Summer Dining

The summer grill party is one of the most beloved of summer gastronomic experiences. On the Fourth of July we fire up the grill, people gather round impatiently, and on go the hamburgers, the hot dogs, the pork spareribs, the chicken breasts, the steaks. But why not take your grilling game up a notch this […]

Grilling Roll-ups the Italian Way

You can grill  anything!  Or just about anything.  I learned this while writing my book GRILL ITALIAN that was published in 1996 (wow, that’s almost 20 years ago). Throwing a steak on the grill, or some vegetables in that new vegetable griller you may have gotten for your birthday is fine–and easy–but with a little […]

Bistecca alla Fiorentina

Bistecca alla Fiorentina Grilled Porterhouse Steak from Florence A classic preparation of Tuscan cuisine comes from the region around Florence, where a tall, lean, and heavy breed of cattle called Chianina is raised: a two-year-old might weigh 2,000 pounds.  But it is the steer between 14 and 16 months old that is used for this […]

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