Monthly Archives: June 2011

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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Rice with Broccoli Pesto

For those of you who read last night’s post, you may have noticed the beautiful green color of my rice.  This is a dish that vegetable lovers should try–it’s easy and GREAT–and you can even use frozen broccoli.  It was my  way of using … Continue reading

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Chicken with Mozzarella in Eggplant Sauce

  This dish makes wonderful use of more of my two-hour slow-cooked eggplant tomato sauce (see my recent post for the sauce recipe).  This sauce is as versatile as plain tomato sauce, but so much more complex–the eggplant melts into the tomato … Continue reading

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Chicken Under a Brick

This dish is known in Italy as “pollo sotto il mattone”.  It’s a great technique for getting the maximum amount of crispness and grilled flavor from a chicken.  It works best with smaller chickens (under 3 lbs) or–better yet–cornish hens or poussins.  … Continue reading

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Quinoa and Spinach Tabbouleh

Quinoa is a great alternative to Bulgur wheat for making tabbouleh–not that there’s anything wrong with bulgur.  I just happened to have a large bag of quinoa in the house, and tabbouleh sounds great on this very warm summer day. It’s still … Continue reading

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