Apricots, Nectarines, Peaches Make “Moon of the Faithful” Syrup for Crêpes

This Sicilian sweet syrup is part of what is known folklorically as being part of cucina arabo-sicula, the cooking influenced by the long ago Arab presence in Sicily.  In some Muslim countries, the apricot is known as the “moon of the faithful.”  The … [Continue reading]

Grilled Shrimp Make Great Appetizers, But Can Be Ruined Quickly

Grilling shrimp is a very simple matter that can easily go wrong.  The difference between succulent shrimp grilled to golden orange perfection and dry, withered buttons of nothing is a matter of a minute or so.  When grilling shrimp it is best to … [Continue reading]

“Oh, Wonderful!” Sicilian Eggplant

The Sicilian expression—although little known among contemporary Sicilians—sciàtara-e-màtara, is an exclamation of wonder–or contempt!  It might be said like “Oh, wonderful!” or contemptuously as in “God! Great merciful God!”  The expression derives … [Continue reading]

Keep it Simple When Grilling Fish–The Italian Way

Italians usually keep their seafood grilling simple. That’s because fresh seafood needs little adornment. In this recipe, the fish marinates in fresh orange juice and fresh lemon juice. Then it is grilled along with the orange and lemon wedges, which … [Continue reading]

Grilled Beef Short Ribs for a Lazy Summer Day

About 10 years ago, braised beef short ribs were very popular in restaurants (maybe they still are—I don’t eat out often enough to know) and home cooks joined the bandwagon. Due to the nature of the short rib there is no way you will be cooking this … [Continue reading]

Fava, Artichokes, and Porcini Mushrooms with “Straw and Hay” Fettuccine

June is the time for fava and artichokes and what better way than to cook them with pasta as is typical of Italian cooking. In this recipe inspired by Tuscan cooking, the name of this pasta dish in Italian, paglia e fieno, is a slight twist on a … [Continue reading]

Peaches Arrive For Our June Desserts

Local peaches and nectarines, two of my favorite fruit, arrived at many farmers markets in the past couple of weeks and they will be at their peak of season for the next few months.  I'm lucky I can even get a peach prepared for a dessert as I tend … [Continue reading]

Comfort of Meatballs

There's something very comforting about meatballs. They are, in fact, comfort food, and whether one ate them as part of spaghetti and meatballs or in a meatball hero as a child, they remain the paragon of comfort. In my research over decades … [Continue reading]

Keep it Simple When Grilling Fish

Grilling whole fish can present a host of problems, from turning a too-big fish to the skin sticking and tearing when moved.  The best way to handle some of these problems (there are more too) is to start simple, with whole smallish fish that get … [Continue reading]

Quick Cooking for 2–With Flavor and Deliciousness!

Many couples are stymied when it comes to getting a delicious, good-tasting, meal on the table in no time. Many recipes in cookbooks or on the internet yield multiple servings and although it's nice to have leftovers, sometimes one just doesn't want … [Continue reading]

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