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Sicilian Tuna, Potato & Caper Salad

The holidays are here, bringing a parade of delicious but rich party nibbles. If you’re like me, sometimes you have to step back and just have a salad for dinner.  This one satisfies the yen for fresh greens and vegetables, but the tuna and potatoes add heft, turning what would otherwise be a side salad [...]

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Thu, December 18 2014 » Italian food, Italian ingredients, salads, Seafood, Sicily, Tampa Bay, travel, Uncategorized » 1 Comment

What to Do with that Panettone

This is the time of year when Italian delis and e-commerce sites showcase those imposingly tall boxes, each one housing the dome-shaped sweet Christmas bread called panettone. There’s a good chance you’ll receive a panettone as a gift or, beguiled by the sheer size of the box, sweep one into your shopping cart. Then what? [...]

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Fri, December 12 2014 » Baked Goods and Sweets, holiday foods, Italian delis, Italian food, Italian ingredients, Italian lifestyle, Tampa Bay, 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

Wild Pacific Salmon in Parchment

You can find wild Pacific salmon other times of year, but June into August is really its season. At my two sources in St. Pete–Sammy’s, a wholesale operation with a retail counter and Fresh Market, a local supermarket–the salmon are definitely running. While the supply lasts, I’m buying wild salmon every week to grill, poach [...]

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Wed, July 16 2014 » Italian food, Italian ingredients, Seafood, Tampa Bay, 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