Toni Lydecker's Tavola Talk Blog

Zucchini Stuffed with Farro and Goat Cheese

Stuffed vegetables don’t show up much in restaurants, here or in Italy. But turn the pages of a cookbook or food magazine meant for home cooks and it becomes clear that Italians will stuff just about anything. Bell peppers, tomatoes,  eggplant, artichokes and squash (including patty pans and zucchini) are seeded, scooped or otherwise emptied [...]

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Mon, October 27 2014 » Fruits and Vegetables, Grains, Italian ingredients, Uncategorized » No Comments

Chickpea “Pizza” with Mushrooms and Tomatoes

My favorite dish during a four-day stay in Vancouver:  a crisp chickpea-flour flatbread topped with sautéed local chanterelles, buffalo mozzarella and luscious heirloom tomatoes. The chef of Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill, Pino Posteraro, was looking to do something different, he told us, and he succeeded. Plus, for those who care, the chickpea flour makes this dish [...]

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Thu, September 18 2014 » Fruits and Vegetables, Grains, Italian food, Italian ingredients, Pizza, restaurants, Uncategorized » No Comments

Rice Salad, a Summer Tradition

I wasn’t thinking about rice salad until I read the latest post on Gastronauta, my favorite Italian food site. Blogger Cristina Rombola talks about her family’s take on this summer classic, so easy to stash in the fridge for snacking or pack for beach trips and picnics. Now I can’t wait to try their rice [...]

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Thu, June 19 2014 » Fruits and Vegetables, Grains, Italian food, Italian ingredients, Italian lifestyle, salads, Uncategorized » No Comments

Seasonal Eats: Risotto with Winter Squash and Ham

Risotto is justifiably famous as Italy’s greatest rice dish–and there’s no better way to showcase the bounty of the season. As we head into the holidays, this is one risotto I start looking for reasons to make. Every luxurious mouthful is a party, mingling the sweetness of roasted butternut squash and ham with the slight [...]

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Mon, November 19 2012 » Fruits and Vegetables, Grains, Italian food, Uncategorized » No Comments

Romantic Dinner: Risotto for Two

I flirted with the idea of making lobster shepherd’s pie, a lovely Valentine’s Day recipe from Patrick and Silvana Broadhead, one of three culinary couples I profiled for Wine Enthusiast.  Sweet-and-sour short ribs with dried cranberries (from restaurateurs Marco Moreira and Jo-Ann Makovitzsky) were tempting, too. Both dishes possess the voluptuous mouthfeel and sensual flavors that [...]

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Mon, February 13 2012 » Grains, Italian food » No Comments