In Italy, most other parts of the Mediterranean, and what we are accustomed to in the United States, fava refers to broad (green) beans (in the spring, they are tender and buttery and divine). Oh, can’t wait. However, in Greece, fava refers to a dish of creamy pureed yellow split peas. Completely different from non-Greek fava. The … Continue Reading

  You probably think of salad as the opening act, but who’s to say that salad cannot be the main attraction — salad as a meal. In this case, a salad that showcases spring’s early bounty. Petite potatoes. Peas. Quail Eggs. Sorrel. Smoked Salmon. Not your typical potato salad by any means. No mayonnaise or … Continue Reading

Can’t believe it’s the eve before the eve of Christmas. Although I’m not Italian, not evenly remotely so, I’ve always wanted to do a Feast of the Seven Fishes — an Italian Christmas Eve celebration. For my hypothetical seafood feast, I would start with some oysters, brandade, or smoked fish pâté, followed by octopus (of course), … Continue Reading

I’ve had this recipe for a vadouvan carrot puree with seared sea scallops in the queue for quite some time, but never got around to posting it. Not sure why? Somehow this recipe slipped through the cracks, but it’s definitely worth sharing. Perhaps you’ve heard of vadouvan?? It’s become rather ‘trendy’ as of late (truth … Continue Reading

After a heavy Thanksgiving meal and next-day leftovers, perhaps a light and refreshing salad is calling your name. This is a delicious, winter-appropriate, grapefruit salad with layers of flavor, texture, and crunch. It’s not your boring old salad by any means. It’s bright and colorful, and certain to wake up your taste buds. Love when … Continue Reading