Sicilians Know Swordfish!

The popularity of swordfish in Sicily goes back to the ancient Greeks when they established colonies on the island.  But this preparation has four of the hallmarks of cucina arabo-sicula, the folkloric cuisine believed to be vestigial of Arab influence from the Arab-Sicilian era of the ninth to twelfth centuries: the use of citrus, grilled […]

Sicily’s Cucina Erotica All in a Seafood Stew

Sicilians are noted for culinary preparations with vulgar names. It’s not clear when this tradition began, but many of these dishes are sexual in nature and considered part of what would be called cucina erotica.  One particular style of preparation–and actually the name of the sauce in a variety of preparations–is called picchi-pácchiu, referring to […]

Give Christmas A Sicilian Spin With Hearty Tummala

Families all seem to have their own Christmas classics — roast turkey, baked ham, crown roast or pork, or prime rib. Many Italian-Americans will have lasagna or a feast of seven fishes. One spectacular preparation for a change of pace is to follow some families and make the classic Sicilian Christmas tummàla. Tummàla is a […]

Using History to Create Inventive Dishes–Stuffed Lamb with Amaretti

I first became fascinated with the role of the Arabs in Sicily after a trip to that island in 1983. There were noticeable Arab influences in everything from palaces, to bridges, to woodwork, to architecture, as well as a curious feeling to the local Sicilian food—not all of it, but some of it—which felt “Arab” […]

Grilled Sausage Skewers for an End of Summer Grill Party

One way I like to grill when having a grill party is by not having all those blazing hot coals go to waste. What I mean is that here you’ve got a nice fire going so why not continue to cook on it–not just your steak but appetizers too.  By the way, although I’ve written […]

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