Time to Fry the Blooms

THE BLOOMS I truly love zucchini blooms, though there are many ways to consume them, my all time favorite is fried. They can be found and harvested in the spring / summer period, although greenhouse production makes them available every season of the year. The zucchini flower are male and female, easily distinguishable from each […]

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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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Eggplant Caponata

Sicilian Caponata I’m talking again about another of Montalbano dishes. For one because there are new episodes on National TV; and then because of the season that is bringing good eggplants (and other vegetables) to enjoy. The Sicilian Caponata is one of the side dishes with a capital S (and D), which is often misinterpreted […]

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Asparagus and its Relatives

Green, White, or Wild they are all good for risotto! GREEN ASPARAGUS Green asparagus is eaten worldwide, though the availability of imports throughout the year has made it less of a delicacy than it once was. In Europe, however, due to the short growing season and demand for local produce, asparagus commands a premium price. […]

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Nothing Like Eggplant Parmigiana to Kick the Season

Melanzane – Eggplants Eggplants (Melanzana in Italian), is native to India. Although there are innumerable documents that demonstrate the cultivation of eggplant in the area of Southeast Asia since prehistoric times, it seems that in Europe it was unknown until the sixteenth century. The spread in Europe of names derived from Arabic and the lack […]

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Green Asparagus, Avocado, and Eggs Poché

Green is the Color of Spring Spring is here and suddenly I need everything green, including food. What’s best than asparagus!  Asparagus is a low-calorie vegetable that is an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals, especially folate and vitamins A, C and K. Asparagus were cultivated and used in the Mediterranean area by the […]

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Winter Vegetables

How to eat winter vegetables that are so-so, and that frankly I don’t really care for… kind-of-thing. I recall years ago when Bush Senior (RIP), was President he once jokingly said that he never liked broccoli and now that he is the POTUS he is NOT going to eat broccoli. The day after gregarious California […]

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