Category: Food

Grilled Radicchio with Burrata Takes Center Plate

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A lot of the grilled vegetables that have passed my plate over the years have been rather boring. In fact, I’ve been to many outdoor BBQ parties where the vegetables feel quite frankly, not much more than an afterthought. You know which veggies I’m thinking about. I may be a grilled veggie lover, but I’ll…

Steamed Clams Don’t Forget Green Garlic

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I spent a number of my younger years in Florida. I have happy memories of strolling the beach eyes on the sand searching for shells. My finds were mostly brightly colored coquina, super shiny ceriths, and those ever-abundant olive shells. Occasionally more interesting specimens would wash my way and I’d be rewarded with a striped…

People Love Smashed Peas on Toast

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Though I’m traveling at the moment and need to be brief, I’ve got a smashing recipe I’d like to share. And I do mean smashing. I don’t know why but people love food when it’s smashed. I’m sure you’ve seen kids with peas and a fork. Though I acknowledge with kids smashed peas can be…

A Raisin-Ricotta Crostata for Easter

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Easter is a big deal in Italy and some sort of ricotta pie is quite often a part of the Italian holiday table. The most traditional Easter pie is the pastiera. It’s a lattice-topped, sweet and savory torte filled with ricotta, beaten eggs, and wheat berries. It’s often flavored with candied fruits and a dash…

White Asparagus and Red Grapefruit and Green Goddess

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I look forward to big, fat springtime asparagus and I’ve allotted quite a bit of space to the beautiful green spears that deliciously beckon the arrival of warmer days. Some of my favorites include Bistro-Inspired Asparagus with Mimosa Sauce and Grilled Asparagus with Warm Crab Salad. Here in Southern California green asparagus season is April…

Real Life Golden Beet Salad

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Sometimes I think I get into trouble with you my gentle readers because I don’t do as many “wow” recipes as I used to. I realize seared scallops can knock it out of the park and many people are cruising blogs looking for quadruple-layer chocolate cakes to satisfy their food fantasies. So yes, I know…

Spicy-Pricey Pickled Mango Salad

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I like mangoes. I’ve always liked mangoes. In fact, I’ve featured them on this blog. Here… Here… and Here. I always thought there were just two types of mango. The big egg-shaped mango and the smaller comma-shaped mango. Or in my layman’s terms the Hawaiian mango and the Mexican mango. But I’ve recently discovered that…