Monthly Archives: June 2011

Grilled Tuna with Black Olive Salsa

My fish market offers sushi grade tuna and today it was ruby red and irrestistible.  All I wanted to do was sear it on the outside and keep it rare on the inside.  The rare tuna is pretty much a … Continue reading

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Israeli Couscous with Zucchini

This dish is as simple as any pasta dish gets.  The Israeli couscous are a larger, fatter version of regular couscous.  They cook like any other grain–in water or broth (bouillon, in my version).  The vegetables are sauteed in a … Continue reading

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Italian-Ate Burgers

This burger is one that was inspired by my mother’s bracciole.  Bracciole are little rolls of thinly pounded meat around some sort of stuffing–I’ll make them for you sometime.  My mothers’ consisted of beef, wrapped around a filling of minced bacon, … Continue reading

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Kale Slaw

This dish is not Italian (or even Italian-influenced) but today, I’m making an all-American meal–burgers, oven-fries and a slaw of raw vegetables–predominantly kale. When I make burgers, I’m always looking for a good raw vegetable salad that’s not just cabbage … Continue reading

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Oven Fries

These “fries” are almost as good as french fries.  To get the dry, crispy texture of a french fry in the oven, a little advance preparation is required.  Two hours ahead of baking, the potatoes (Idahos or Yukon Golds) need … Continue reading

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Pasta, Piselli e Pancetta

A couple of times every spring, I’ll go through the trouble of making fresh peas.  When the peas are plump and fresh, they are sweet enough to eat raw (my mother enjoys them raw more than cooked).  The labor of … Continue reading

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Spinach and Smoked Almond Pesto

This pesto has a wonderful smokiness and intense green color, and it doesn’t blacken easily.  There’s only a touch of basil, but lots of baby spinach.  The predominance of spinach makes for a milder, more subtle green flavor than pesto made entirely with … Continue reading

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Chicken Paillard with Olive Tapenade

I was recently reminded how good a thinly pounded, quickly grilled chicken breast can be, at Bar Pitti in Manhattan.  Their grilled chicken breast is served with chopped endive and sundried tomatoes  on top and is the perfect light lunch or late … Continue reading

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Zucchini and Onion Frittata

I was thrilled to see a new vegetable in season at my local farm stand–zucchini.  They were just picked and the perfect size for a frittata.  The ideal sized zucchini is about 6 to 8 inches long–not too many seeds or … Continue reading

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Arugula Caprese

This was only the appetizer for tonight’s meal, but it was so great, I had to share it with you.  The dish began with a bag hanging on my back door, from my 89-year old neighbor, Beppi.  Beppi’s garden (which he … Continue reading

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