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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

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

Chef Sarah Grueneberg and her Insalata Pantesca

I’m a fan of Sarah Grueneberg from way back, so when I heard she was going to teach a cooking class near my home, I had to be at the table. Other students knew her as the finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef show who had the whole city of Chicago rooting for her (a New York [...]

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Tue, December 4 2012 » Italian food, salads, Sicily, Uncategorized » No Comments

What’s Different about Italians (Still)

It’s harder than ever, visiting Italy, to get that delicious jolt of something foreign to American habits and tastes. Partly because we’ve gotten to know them and vice versa (I once ran into a busload of Italian tourists in a remote New Mexico town). And also because we’ve appropriated so many aspects of Italian food, [...]

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Thu, August 30 2012 » Italian food, Italian lifestyle, Sicily, travel » 1 Comment

Five Books that Take You to Sicily

There’s no better way to build anticipation than settling into my airline seat with a book centered on the region I plan to visit. Once I’ve arrived, the reading offers insights or just flows into my experience of that place. Sicily is on my mind but, oh well, I’m not there. So it’s armchair travel [...]

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Fri, May 11 2012 » Italian lifestyle, Sicily » No Comments