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Sicilian Cherry Tomato & Almond Pesto with Couscous

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We owe today’s Sicilian Cherry Tomato & Almond Pesto with Couscous the Italian city of Trapani, on Sicily’s westernmost tip. It has an identity all of its own. That’s because geographically speaking it is closer both in distance and topography to Tunis than Naples. In fact it’s closer to several African ports than it is…

Sup! Loves Cookbooks: Rice Pasta Couscous

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Rice, pasta, and couscous. All cultures feature some version of these starchy standards. I could make an argument that these foods are the backbone of a successful meal. But that argument would only be half the story behind Rice, Pasta, Couscous: The Heart of the Mediterranean Kitchen from Jeff Koehler and Chronicle Books. Because I…

Pesto Trapanese A Sicilian Specialty

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The Italian city of Trapani, on Sicily’s westernmost tip, has an identity all of its own. That is because geographically speaking it is closer both in distance and topography to Tunis than Naples. In fact it’s closer to several African ports than it is to any part of mainland Italy. It owes much of its…

Cusumano Nero D’Avola

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WINE:  2007 Cusumano Nero D’Avola FOOD: Pesto Trapanese Deep ruby red in color, this Nero D’Avola has an expressive nose of cherries, strawberries and spicy scents. The palate features flavors of tart cherries, a fair amount of bitter-sweet chocolate, and a little pepper.  I love to pair foods with wines from the same geographical region.…