Here is new information regarding authentic olive oil to buy: NAOOA Certified Olive Oils List of authentic olive oils bearing the NAOOA Quality Seal which is awarded to olive oils that are tested for purity and quality. 365 Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain 365 Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Greece 365 Organic Extra Virgin… Continue reading Which Olive Oil to Buy in the USA?
Bottom Line: The better quality oil, which is a lower acidity, the higher the smoke point http://blog.aboutoliveoil.org/olive-oil-smoke-point
Broccoli rabe, or rapini, is a bitter green that comes into season in autumn. It is a member of the turnip family and you will find it at selected greengrocers in bundles of large leaves with broccoli-like flower heads opening into small yellow flowers. It’s earthy and rustic – a peasant-style Puglia dish… Continue reading Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe & Garlic Toasted Bread Crumbs (Orecchiette con Cime di Rapa)
This pasta is called Calamarata because it looks like rings of calamari doesn’t it? It’s very simple to make. It’s deliciousness depends on good, fresh ingredients and not ruining them. I bought the pasta fresh from the refrigerator section in my corner store here in Manfredonia but you can use penne, rigatoni or spaghetti for this.… Continue reading Pasta Calamarata with Mussels and Shrimp with Butter Garlic Sauce
O The key to tender Octopus (vs. chewy and tough) is the capture and storage of it. On the coast of Puglia it’s common to see men wacking their specimens on the rocks to tenderize the meat which is the most reliable method. We can’t expect that at the fish market though so the next… Continue reading Octopus the gem food of Puglia
This dish is named for the town of Amatrice, about an hour east of Rome, considered by many Italians to be birthplace of the best cooks on the peninsula. Many dishes at the heart of Roman cooking may indeed have actually started in the region to the east of Lazio, Abruzzo. Serves 4 large servings… Continue reading Pasta with Tomato Pancetta sauce Bucatini All’ Amatriciana a Roman favorite
Best Pecan Pie ever! Real Maple Syrup and Coconut oil Crust make it a champion of health and deliciousness! I’m in Kentucky cooking for my 90 year old Uncle Bill and since he loves pecan pie and we want to keep him alive much longer so I experimented with a non- toxic version of one of… Continue reading Decadent Maple Pecan Pie – no corn syrup- no lard!