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 […]

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 […]

Techniques for Cooking Fish Don’t Have To Be Intimidating

One of the oddest questions I get when serving fish is, “Does this fish have bones?” My answer is always, “Assume it does.” I answer that way to encourage people to eat slowly, to eat as if it does have bones, because all fish have bones. Even when you buy a boneless fillet of fish, […]

Take A Four-Course Meal Outdoors With A Grill Party

Grilling takes effort. Lots of coal goes into building the fire; you wait for the coals to get hot; and the food cooks in about 15 minutes, if you’re having steaks, burgers, vegetables or hot dogs. And that’s it. The fire continues burning, wasting away, while you eat. How about getting full use out of […]

Zuppa di Pesce or Everybody’s Fish Stew

    Every one who loves Italian food knows what zuppa di pesce is.  Or do they?  It simply means fish soup but is actually more a fish stew.  There is no one recipe as every little seaside town or fishing port has a notable local fish stew or zuppa di pesce.  And you too […]

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