Pan-fried Zucchini with Mint

Zucchini are abundant during the summer, so I am always looking for different ways to prepare them.  Pan-fried, with mint, vinegar and garlic is one of my favorite ways to enjoy this versatile vegetable.  The way in which these flavors mingle together produces a delicious and surprisingly light dish.  When you drain the fried zucchini on … Continue reading

Sauteed Dandelion Greens

Dandelion greens, or “Cicoria” as we call them in Italian, are delicious and have many health benefits as well.  I had a hard time liking this vegetable as a child because of their bitter taste, as well as my conception of them growing in our front lawn.  Of course, they didn’t come from our front … Continue reading

Swiss chard

Swiss chard is a delicious and beautiful vegetable.  Even though it is available all year long now in our supermarkets, it reminds me of summer.  This is the time of year that my mother would prepare it.  As a child in the 50s and early 60s, we used to have a”vegetable truck” that came to … Continue reading

Roasted Butternut Squash ( from BC)

It’s Spring, and I find myself obsessed with vegetables.  It’s a little too early for grilling them (but I will obsess over that in another few weeks), so I’m roasting them in a hot oven every chance I get. Honestly, you can’t go wrong by just coating them in a good olive oil, salt ( … Continue reading

Stuffed Artichokes from an Angel

Stuffed artichokes were always something I ate at restaurants, but never dared to attempt making them at home.  I don’t recall my mother ever making stuffed artichokes at home either.  I always thought that it was just too difficult and time consuming.  How could I possibly think I had time to stuff each little leaf … Continue reading

Sauteed Brocoli Rabe (Be Not Afraid)

Brocoli rabe, sauteed in garlic and oil, is one of my favorite vegetables.  But this was not always the case.  Believe it or not, the broccoli rabe we know and love today was not the brocoli rabe of times past.  While Italian farmers are responsible for bringing broccoli rabe to the States in the early … Continue reading

Minestra e Fagioli

Thirty-six years ago, just about to the day of this posting, my cousin, and dear friend, brought me a container of her home-made “Minestra e Fagioli.”   I was just about to give birth to my daughter ( having Braxton Hicks contractions), and I was confined to our apartment.  It was the coldest and iciest … Continue reading

Mom’s (and mine) Eggplant Parmigiana

So I mentioned that I would help you use up that marinara sauce from last Sunday, and eggplant parmigiana is perfect for that.  Actually, anything parmigiana would do, such as chicken cutlet or veal cutlet.  But today it is “eggplant parm,” as we call it in New Jersey. This truly is one of my favorite … Continue reading