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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

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

Lemon Ricotta Gelato, Made at Home

Researching my Tampa Bay Times article on the best gelato in Florence, Italy, was a good excuse for guilt-free gorging. Now I’m thousands of miles away, consoling myself with my own lemon ricotta gelato. The idea of making gelato at home occurred to me during an interview with Silvana Vivoli of the renowned gelateria Vivoli. [...]

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Fri, May 16 2014 » Baked Goods and Sweets, Eggs and Cheese, Italian food, Tampa Bay, travel, 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