Dandelions, Tomatoes & Beans (Oh My!)

“Eat your vegetables!” is every parent’s mantra. We know their nutritional value and want to make sure that our children and grandchildren reap all the benefits of a highly nutritious diet.   However, it has always been my experience that vegetables need to be disguised in some delicious sauce, because boiled with a pat of butter, … Continue reading

Craig Claiborne’s Spaghetti with Peas

Since we have been on the topic of peas (last post), I have one more recipe for peas and pasta that I simply must share. I promise, after this one, I’ll stop with the peas. My mother ripped this recipe out of the New York Times Magazine section in April 1964. I don’t recall ever … Continue reading

Summer Pizza on the Grill

Perhaps I did you a favor by not posting pizza on the grill at the beginning of summer.  If I had, you’d probably be about 5 pounds heavier right now because you wouldn’t have (couldn’t have) stopped making pizzas on the grill as a weekly activity.  Besides being an enormous amount of fun and absolutely delicious, … Continue reading

Ciambotta (Vegetable Stew)

Don’t know what to do with all the summer vegetables at the market right now?  Are you staring at all the zucchini, peppers, eggplant and tomatoes that you bought at the  farmer’s market and wondering what the heck you are going to do with it all?  Well let me tell you a little bit about … 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

Spaghetti San Juanil

Here’s another quick pasta dish that I’m certain you will love.  If you don’t like anchovies, you can leave them out.  It will still be delicious as I am a firm believer in “your sauce is as good as your tomatoes.”  My preference by far, is to use only canned San Marzano Italian peeled plum … Continue reading

Pizza de Cipolle (Scallion Pie)

  Scallion pie? Seriously?   I’m sure that’s what you’re thinking.  If this wasn’t my all time favorite dish on the planet, I would think the same.  But believe me, my “Little Nonni” did it again with this recipe from her beloved Puglia.  Traditionally, in her small home town in Italy, this was made during the … Continue reading

Italian Style Pot Roast

Whenever I have a craving for good old American pot roast, I pull out this very old recipe card and have a chuckle.  It was part of the collection that I typed up from my mom’s recipes before I got married (for the first time) in 1973.  After reading it back to her for final … Continue reading

Pasta e Fagioli

I apologize for seeming to be obsessed with beans (fagioli) lately, but it’s winter, and beans make for a hearty meal. I don’t really think about beans as much in the summer. It’s in winter that we want our meals to have a bit more substance and earthiness. And beans do the trick. Besides, who … Continue reading