Baby artichokes also take a little prepping, but as with the fava beans, they are not difficult to prepare. First, remove the tough outer leaves until you get to the light-green-yellow tender inner leaves. Second, cut off and discard the dark and medium green tops of remaining leaves. Third, cut off and discard the stem. … Continue Reading

Most days I have a hard time concentrating. Find myself daydreaming about travel, yearning to pack my bags, head straight to the international terminal, and hop on a flight — destination: some place far away. Last summer I found myself in Sicily -– what an adventure. Reminiscing, I walked over to my (ever expanding) bookcase … Continue Reading

Seems like as good a day as any to have lamb — a beautiful, sunny, spring Sunday. While I have a lamb shank defrosting in the fridge and Diane Kochilas’s recipe (form The Glorious Foods of Greece) for lamb stew with wild greens in an egg-lemon sauce — arni me horta avgolemeno — bookmarked in … Continue Reading

Fear not chicken liver… They’re exceptionally good in pasta, with cippolini onions, fresh sage, and Parmesan — earthy goodness… There’s a great wine shop near my house that I frequent from time to time (okay, quite a bit). If you ever find yourself in a wine shop that doesn’t carry bottles you are familiar with, … Continue Reading

Taralli, a typical Southern Italian crunchy snack, kind of like a bread stick, but formed in the shape of a ring. They are simply made with flour, olive oil and wine, and flavored with various spices/herbs, like fennel seeds, rosemary, oregano, chili peppers, black pepper, or cheese. Similar to baking bagels (well, proper bagels at … Continue Reading