Monthly Archives: July 2011

Salade Nicoise

This is a summertime favorite.  The ingredients for this salad trickle into the farmstands at various times during the summer, but they’re all in by late July–green beans, potatoes, tomatoes and lettuce. This is the PERFECT dish for summer entertaining–you … Continue reading

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Grilled Swordfish with Black Olive Tapenade

This is one of those dishes that reminds me of the Mediterranean in summer.  Swordfish is a bit tricky to cook properly–it’s one of those fish that should be cooked through, not medium rare (too rubbery), but not overcooked (too … Continue reading

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Oyster Mushrooms with Red Pepper

You may know already what a big fan of oyster mushrooms I am (see oyster mushrooms with mint).  They are meaty, easy to clean, inexpensive, and deeply, exotically flavorful. Right now, red peppers are in season and are at their … Continue reading

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Pasta al’Amatriciana (My Way)

I recently re-read an old favorite cookbook of mine “Red, White and Greens” by Faith Willinger, an expat American cookbook writer who lives in Italy (whom I met while working in the kitchen at Po Restaurant) that good pancetta is … Continue reading

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Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

This dish is one of those one-pot wonders that is so simple and easy, it can be made and served as an elegant dinner all by itself.  It’s particularly good tonight because both broccoli and garlic are fresh and local.  … Continue reading

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Beet, Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Since I made sauteed beet greens the other evening, I had also roasted the beets themselves and kept them in the fridge.  When I arrived home this evening, I found one of my neighbor Beppi’s bags hanging on my back … Continue reading

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Cobb Salad

Although there’s nothing Italian about a Cobb Salad, it’s what I’m in the mood for today.  On some hot summer days after coming off the beach, the only thing that will satisfy is a large cool composed salad and some … Continue reading

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