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Tagliata con Rucola (AKA Italian Steak and Arugula Salad)

Rosy slices of grilled steak on a bed of dressed arugula, with Parmigiano Reggiano shavings and a few ripe tomato wedges. in 2016 that dish sounds pleasing but hardly surprising. In the summer of 1985,  though, during a sultry July in Tuscany, it seemed fresh and new. Suddenly this steak and arugula salad was everywhere. [...]

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Sat, October 8 2016 » Italian ingredients, Italian lifestyle, Meat, restaurants, salads, Tuscany, Uncategorized » No Comments

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

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

Thanksgiving Side: Braised Sweet-Sour Onions

I’m not sure when braised sweet-sour onions, based on a Marcella Hazan recipe, showed up on our otherwise relentlessly American Thanksgiving menu. But now it’s unthinkable to leave them out, any more than we would consider skipping the mushroom-onion bread dressing or Brussels sprouts with chestnuts. When our daughter was in Abu Dhabi on business [...]

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Tue, November 12 2013 » Fruits and Vegetables, Italian food, Italian ingredients, salads, Uncategorized » No Comments

Italian Spa Day, with a Big Salad

Italy is a geologically active country with lots of warm thermal springs, prized for their therapeutic effects on skin, body and state of mind. Hotels and spas congregate around these termi, and often there are clinics attached, where Italian clients present a doctor’s prescription for consultations, physical therapy and other interventions. I have an Italian [...]

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Tue, July 16 2013 » Italian food, Italian ingredients, Italian lifestyle, salads, Tuscany, Uncategorized » No Comments