Archives for 2014

Oysters Forever

In “For Your Eyes Only,” British super-spy James Bond informs us that the best things in America are chipmunks and oyster stew. We can understand oyster stew on many levels, including its aphrodisiac properties. Like Bond, a gentleman should know how to open oysters for his girl. And a girl should know how to eat […]

Oyster Shucking by Clifford A. Wright

How to shuck an oyster.  Video by Seri Kattan-Wright.  

Grilled Braciole for an Italian-American July 4th

You just can’t escape a barbecue grill on the Fourth of July. The holiday demands outdoor cooking followed by fireworks. And the curious thing about Americans’ Independence Day food traditions is that they are not confined to one or two expected dishes. Almost anything goes. When I lived in Arlington, Mass., July 4 was an […]

Good Fortune with Black-eyed Peas

How did the black-eyed pea become a symbol of good luck? No one knows for sure but a good guess is that an ancient farmer, through practical experience knew that spent black-eyed pea plants could enrich his soil and therefore he considered them good luck. As with all legumes, black-eyed peas have nitrogen-giving nodules on […]

What is Bulgur?

Bulgur is a durum wheat product used in the Middle East. After the durum wheat harvest the raw hard wheat is cleaned and sun-dried, traditionally, in the towns on the flat terrace roofs of homes. The wheat berries are separated from the chaff and boiled in water for two hours until they are about to […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Make Small Batch Apricot Preserves

Everyone likes to make their own fruit preserves because it’s so easy.  But have you noticed that when you look for recipes they tend to be written for someone who has tons of the fruit or a family of twelve.  That’s one of the reasons I wasn’t making my own preserves.  Plus isn’t it easier […]

The Challenge of Finding Really Fresh Fish

Whenever I think about fresh fish I always picture that old MAD magazine column “Silly Answers to Stupid Questions.” The female customer asks at the fish store, “Is that fish fresh?” And the fishmonger answers, “No, it’s very well-mannered.” Seriously though, the question was fair because it does come down to the fishmonger knowing best. […]

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 […]

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