Tomato and Cheese Make Perfect Summer Salads

A rule of thumb—better yet—a summer desire, is to keep ones cooking simple as no one wants to spend a lot of time in a hot kitchen. Grilling is the solution, but so is simple summer vegetable salads. In fact, you could make an entire meal of nothing but a variety of salads. In Arab […]

Spring is for Snap Peas–in an Italian Style

In Italian this preparation is called mangiatutto con pancetta e pomodoro which are snap peas cooked with pancetta and tomatoes.  This recipe is a specialty of the area around Rome and to the south in the region of Lazio where in the springtime new snap peas are picked young and eaten raw.  Mangiatutto means eat […]

4 Easy — And Cool — Pasta Dishes For Summer

Everyone loves pasta, but during hot summer days a bowl of steaming pasta doesn’t sound that appealing. Some people make cold macaroni salads, but I think pasta is not meant to be eaten cold and besides, those macaroni salads usually have mayonnaise in them and fill you up too much. The Italians have an ideal […]

Luscious Winter Bean Stew from Algeria

Winter stews in North Africa, called tagines or maraqat, are typically named after the major vegetable in the dish and not after the major protein, which actually plays a small role in the stew acting more like a condiment than a meat as we use it in North American stews. This stew from Algeria is […]

Colorful Summer Salads Make the Most of Heirlooms

Think of the platter as a palette, and your vegetables as swaths of paint that fill in the color of the canvas. This is what every August provides as our tomato plants and other garden vegetables are going crazy and this means we should be thinking colorful salads. This is both an appetizing and beautiful […]

Summertime Raw Sauce for Pasta

A delightful way to prepare pasta for a hot summer day is to toss it with a raw sauce or what the Italians call a salsa cruda.  Summers can be too hot for full-fledged piping hot food so a raw sauce can come into play.  It is exactly what it sounds like, a melange of […]

Juicy Figs Stuffed in Tomatoes Make a Summer Appetizer

Our figs in California are so abundant and delicious that throughout the summer we dream all ways of using them.  This particular preparation is wonderful as an appetizer to a barbeque party.  The tomatoes I call for are a cultivar called Carmelo, but you can use any tomato which, when cut in half, could be […]

Eggplant and Tomatoes for a Summer Salad

There’s something about those summer vegetables especially tomatoes and eggplant that just beckon to be prepared over and over in endless variety of cooked dishes, side dishes, salads, appetizers, or any which way. I  lean towards an Italian style when preparing them and in this rendition I serve it as an antipasto usually al fresco […]

Upside-down Casserole Brings some Memories and some History

Recently I’ve been enjoying myself by remaking many of the recipes on my web site www.CliffordAWright.com that don’t have photographs. Some of those recipes were posted so long ago–some from the late 90s–that photography wasn’t that important in web sites and digital photography was in its infancy. Today is different.  One dish I wanted to […]

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