Did you know that there are 5,000 types of cultivated potatoes worldwide and approximately 200 types of wild species and subspecies?  Me either.  These days, you’re lucky to find anything beyond the usual suspects (Yukon Gold, russet, red-skinned, Idaho bakers, etc.) at most grocery stores, which, instead, choose to stock their shelves with, for example, … Continue Reading

Is there anything better in the summer than a vine-ripened tomato, particularly the really ugly, misshapen ones that are loaded with flavor and vibrant in color (unlike those pale, tasteless, store-bought tomatoes that are available year round). Did you know that there are over 7,500 varieties of tomatoes? I’ve had my share of Greek salads … Continue Reading

I’ve been traveling to the Greek Islands for over a decade.  Wow time flies, can’t believe its been ten years.  Ten truly amazing years. “Travel is more than seeing the sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” — Miriam Beard   There is a term in … Continue Reading

When it comes to sardines, I find that most people are either lovers or haters.  Which camp do you fall into? Whenever I mention to people that I like to cook sardines, they usually give me a strange look.  However, these small, oily fish are packed full of nutrients (including omega-3 fatty acids) and flavor, can … Continue Reading

Picked up some puntarelle and another variety of chicory from the Green City farmers’ market yesterday (thanks Green Acres Farm).  Puntarelle is a long, spiky Italian chicory related to radicchio and endive.  It has a mild, bitter flavor and is great for salads.  If you can’t puntarelle or chicory, substitute with dandelion greens or any … Continue Reading