Peaches in Red Wine

When I eat ripe peaches or nectarines typically I’m leaning over the sink as the juices run off my chin. There are other ways to eat peaches and in this recipe inspired by a preparation from southern Italy the peaches are marinated in red wine. At first blush it doesn’t sound like it would work, […]

Joy of Simple Fish

The easiest way to cook a firm fleshed fish is on the griddle. One could use halibut, mahimahi, catfish, salmon, swordfish, monkfish, grouper, yellowtail and a host of others. When I say a griddle, I mean a flat (not ridged) cast iron pan which is what we call a griddle. They are made in long […]

Black-eyed Peas and Tomato Salad for Meze Table

Although this preparation of black-eyed peas and tomatoes is called a salad, in Lebanon it is usually an addition to the spread of various dishes found on a meze table. This salad is perfect for an end of the summer meal.  Serve it with romaine lettuce leaves to be used as scoops. For ease of […]

Horta – Simple Greek-style Boiled Greens

In Greece and its islands, horta is the name of any kind of boiled wild green, derived from the Greek word for “small garden,” a word that also gives, through the Latin, the Spanish word for large vegetable garden, huerta. There are many varieties of dishes called horta because there are many wild greens, cultivated […]

Exotic Watermelon Pudding from Sicily

Watermelons are a typical, and beloved, conclusion to an American summer grill party. In Sicily, watermelons are also popular eaten in their raw state as well as being the main ingredient in an amazing sweet pudding for dessert. The main ingredients of this Sicilian gelu ‘i muluni, watermelon pudding, were all introduced by Arab farmers […]

Summer Salad from French Catalonia

Hot summer days demand cool salads and one couldn’t do better than the one I first encountered in the village of Collioure in southern France. There I had a salade Collioure, Collioure being a small French Catalan fishing village on the Côte Vermeille, the coastal Mediterranean of the French province of Roussillon which is considered […]

Grilling a Big-Ass Steak

The best reasons for grilling a big-ass steak this summer is it’s easy, it’s perfect for a larger party, and it’s impressive, something party guests love. First, about easiness. One builds a charcoal fire and once all the coals are white hot lay a beef tri-tip on the grill, using a meat thermometer so you […]

Learn How to Make the Catalan Romesco Sauce

One of the two great sauces from Catalonia is romesco sauce, originally from Tarragona. The other famous sauce is allioli more commonly known by its Provençal name aïoli. In Tarragona this preparation is as typical of the region as is paella in Valencia.  Anton Gelabert, a painter from Barcelona wrote a book of romesco sauce […]

Fabulous Canapés To Start The Party

Canapés are little slices of bread or toast topped with any variety of ingredients you like. The more effort you put into these appetizing crowd pleasers before the main event the more enjoyable your party. If I have 8 or more people over for a dinner I usually make 3 different canapés. Although I will […]

Swordfish for Summer Grilling

Xiphias gladius is the only member of the family Xiphiidae. Swordfish are found in the world’s ocean especially in warm and temperate waters. It is a game fish and prized in many cuisines of the world but probably none more so than in the Mediterranean, most especially Sicily. It can be as large as 1,000 […]

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