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

Eggplant Caponata ( a la Silvia)

If you are “afraid of eggplant,” which has been the lament of my very dear friend for the past 27 years, then be “afraid” no more!  I have a simple and absolutely delicious recipe for you to try.   I suppose eggplant can be an intimidating vegetable, especially if you’re not Italian.  Heck, the British … Continue reading

String (Green) Beans and Tomatoes

While I continually waited for my mom to make the famous “French’s Green Bean Casserole” that was so popular in the 60s and 70s, I knew that string beans ( we never called them “green beans” in my household, growing up) with tomatoes and garlic, was about as good as it was ever going to … Continue reading

Penne with Roasted Tomato Sauce

2001 was the year of the “cherry tomato.”  When I look through my folder of pasta recipes, I laugh at all the different recipes using cherry tomatoes that my friends and I shared during this period.  We were crazy for these red, juicy, flavorful little tomatoes.  Over the years, we have seen yellow ones, orange … Continue reading

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

Pasta with Sweet Bell Peppers

This sauce basically consists of only sweet bell peppers and olive oil.  Yes, we need a little salt and pepper and maybe some hot red pepper flakes, but honestly it is the flavor from the peppers and olive oil that makes this sauce good enough to eat with a spoon, without even the pasta. I’ve … 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

Red Lentil, Carrot and Coconut soup

I had this red lentil soup in a “Fusion” restaurant many years ago, when the word “fusion” was new to the culinary world.  It was one of those dishes that you enjoy in a restaurant, and know that you will search all over for a recipe that is similar.  The problem was, however, where would … Continue reading