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Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe & Garlic Toasted Bread Crumbs (Orecchiette con Cime di Rapa)

  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)

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Pasta Calamarata with Mussels and Shrimp with Butter Garlic Sauce

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

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Octopus the gem food of Puglia

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

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Pasta with Tomato Pancetta sauce Bucatini All’ Amatriciana a Roman favorite

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

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Which Olive Oil to Buy?

  Which Olive Oil to Buy? The Olive Oil Fraud! Home/Health News, Health Tips/Which Olive Oil to Buy? The Olive Oil Fraud! Which Olive Oil to Buy? The Olive Oil Fraud! Many of us want to use ‘extra virgin olive oil’ for all the wonderful health benefits and taste, but when you go to the trouble of… Continue reading Which Olive Oil to Buy?

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Authentic Italian Eggplant Parmesan Melanzane di Parmigiana

Eggplant – about 3 pounds sliced lengthwise in ¼ inch slices 8 oz fresh mozzarella ripped into 1 inch pieces 1 cup flour 2 cups extra virgin olive oil – EVOO – can use virgin oil Parmigiano Reggiano – 1 cup freshly grated Tomato sauce – recipe below Salt sliced eggplant and leave with a… Continue reading Authentic Italian Eggplant Parmesan Melanzane di Parmigiana

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Don’t overcook in fear of Food Born Illnesses

  Salmonella bacteria cannot grow at over 130 degrees- did you know that?  Does the FDA think everyone is ignorant or what? This is good to know. Too many paranoid cooks out there ruining food! read this  article explaining salmonella bacteria etc. http://www.yourdoctorsorders.com/2013/06/dont-overcook-healthy-cooking/