Monthly Archives: October 2011

Zia Lucia’s Potato Souffle

  This is a dish that my Aunt Lucia made for us when she visited my family many years ago.  It left a lasting sense impression on me and I’ve made it many times as an adult.  The simple combination … Continue reading

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Italian-Ate Pasta al Forno

I love the idea of baked pasta dishes–especially when the weather turns cooler.  We might call it macaroni and cheese in this country, but in Italy every region has its own local version of pasta al forno.  I’m always looking … Continue reading

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Carrots with Fennel

Today my farm stand had carrots that were so plump and fresh that I decided to feature them on their own as a side dish, rather than as a mere background element of another dish.  Fennel seeds have a strong, perfumey flavor that … Continue reading

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Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Shallots

This is a great fall side dish for a variety of meats and poultry.  When I see brussels sprouts on the stalk at my local farm stand, I immediately think of Thanksgiving and turkey.  Tonight, I’ve decided to make these … Continue reading

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Beppi’s Crocchette di Riso

I’ve begun making extra-large batches of risotto just so that I can make these croquettes the next day.  The first time my neighbor Beppi made me risotto, I noticed he made a huge batch–then these croquettes showed up at my … Continue reading

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Risotto with Luganiga Sausage

There’s a risotto in the Veneto region of Italy that’s made with Luganiga sausage.   Butchers in that region sell Luganiga loose (without the casing) precisely for making this dish. Beppi was describing it to me the other day and … Continue reading

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Beet Vinaigrette

Since I’ve been invited to dine with friends this evening, I’m not cooking.  My host is making grilled salmon and I’ve been trying to figure out what to bring all day long. When I worked at Po with Mario, we … Continue reading

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