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South Florida’s Black Sturgeon Caviar

Caviar. Not an everyday thing for most people, including me—but for New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day or a milestone birthday, caviar is pretty much guaranteed to set off a giddy feeling of celebration. Assuming you serve it with plenty of Champagne or prosecco. My go-to caviar hors d’oeuvre consists of steamed fingerling potatoes, their insides [...]

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Mon, December 28 2015 » holiday foods, Seafood, Tampa Bay, 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

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

Beach Fare: Maltese Tuna Sandwich

It’s spring break time along Florida’s long coastline. Time to head for the beach, and the rest of the country won’t be far behind. So I’m happily packing beach towels and sunblock along with a couple of the Maltese tuna sandwiches I just learned to make. I’ve never visited Malta, a tiny group of islands [...]

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Mon, March 24 2014 » Sandwiches, Seafood, Sicily, Tampa Bay, Uncategorized » 1 Comment

Clam Chowder with Italian Touches

Cedar Key, a charming town three hours north of Tampa Bay that once dubbed itself “the Venice of America,” ships farm-raised clams all over the country. So it’s a  great place to indulge in steamed clams, fried clams and, of course, clam chowder. My husband and I hadn’t come here just for clams. After spending [...]

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Wed, January 8 2014 » Italian ingredients, Seafood, Soups and Stews, travel, Uncategorized » 1 Comment