Luciana Octopus

It is not Luciana’s Octopus. Instead the dish owes its name to the village of S. Lucia, one of the most ancient and characteristic neighborhoods of Naples, famous in the past for being a fishermen’s area called the Luciani, today the neighborhood is one of the most famous districts of Naples. The Luciana octopus recipe […]

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Creamy Asparagus

Before bidding farewell to this elegant vegetable, I wanted to make one more dish. I can count at least 20 different ways to present asparagus. From the more elaborate such as soufflé to the common with eggs, or rolled in prosciutto. Perhaps because I’m nursing a sore throat—spring changed it’s mind and cooler temperatures were […]

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Versatile Eggplants

There are plenty of good things we can do with eggplants. My favorite ways include the Parmigiana as described here: Dressing Up an Eggplant, and here: Nothing Like Eggplant Parmigiana to Kick the Season. While on a more international vision, once I learned how to make Baba Ganoush—I do not like the store bought ones […]

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Not Your Ordinary Pasta

The latest trend in pasta is the legume-based pasta. Made from red, green or yellow lentils, peas, chickpeas, beans, and even soybeans. It is appearing on the shelves of shops dedicated to natural food and peeping out even in neighborhood supermarkets. How it is made (and why) The pasta is obtained, in all its shapes, […]

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Spätzle

Spätzle (pronunciation: [‘ʃpɛt͡slə] – the term in German dialect means small sparrows), are irregularly shaped dumplings made from soft wheat flour, eggs and water (sometimes beer or milk is used instead of water), originating in southern Germany, also very common in Tyrol, Alsace and Switzerland, Trentino-Alto Adige. They were always popular in my family because […]

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Today I’ll make Gnocchi!

My mother always announced like that each time she decided to make gnocchi, and the day was special at the prospect of having gnocchi for lunch. Homemade gnocchi need a lot of TLC, but they are not at all difficult to do. At the end they make a simple day into a special one. How […]

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