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Posted 06/18/2012

Branzino Al Cartoccio

Branzino is one of the first fishes I ever caught when fishing with my dad. My dad and I would spend the whole day fishing, scuba diving and catching fish and then we would clean our catch right on the boat with our feet dangling in the water. When we got to shore we would collect wood, scraps and whatever we could find, start a fire and roast them right there on the spot. Continue Reading…

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Posted 06/16/2012

Brooklyn Bites

Brooklyn. Land of the free and home of the hipsters.  Brooklyn was the perfect place to go for some Extra Virgin inspiration since it’s chockfull of quirky, organic farmers’ markets and restaurant Italian that tastes like it came from Mama Maria’s toasty kitchen. Continue Reading…

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Posted 06/16/2012

Of Sex and Sweet Corn

“Sex is good, but not as good as fresh sweet corn”, quipped Garrison Keillor. I would have to say to Garrison, quite depends on the corn. Scouting out the seasons best, navigating the myriad of choices is a veritable maize. Continue Reading…

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Posted 06/15/2012

Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad

This is easily the first item you find in any Italian restaurant around the world. A classic Summer appetizer because of it simplicity, delicate flavors and seasonal ingredients, I prepare our version of caprese salad with a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes and Burrata cheese as opposed to mozzarella.  The Burrata is a little creamier and adds a nice contrast to the tang of the balsalmic infused olive oil I like to dress it with. Continue Reading…

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Posted 06/04/2012

Roasted Peaches with Amaretti Filling

In Summer we always had fresh peaches in our garden. The surplus of peaches combined with my father’s strict Kosher diet meant any creamy desserts were replaced with my mom roasting peach halves over the grill. My brother and I would go pick big ripe ones from the tree and after they were roasted and caramelized from their natural sugars my mom would mix amaretti cookie, cocoa powder and water together and use the mixture to form a pit in the middle of the peach halves. Continue Reading…

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Posted 06/04/2012

Eye on the American Pizzaiolo

Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy during the 1700’s and today, according to pizza aficionados, there is only one kind of “real” pizza: the napoletana (also known the margherita). The Avpn (Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana) says it’s true and their American counterparts concur. What’s more, die-hard Italy lovers and restauranteurs all over the United States make it so. Today’s example: Arne Holt’s Caffé Calabria in San Diego, California.

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Posted 06/02/2012

Grande Spuntino

This is the ultimate Sunday appetizer. And why wouldn’t it be? It is made up of a spread of some of the best finger foods you would expect to find on any proper Italian table and could be seen enjoyed by families out and about or at home on any given Sunday in Italy. A cutting board or platter filled with local cheeses and cold cuts of your choice along with plenty of olives and unsalted Tuscan bread, one taste of this dish and I am right there back in Tuscany sitting down to dinner with the family. Continue Reading…

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Posted 05/29/2012

Perfecting Pesto

Confession: I am a failed gardener. While I can grow flowers with the best of them, I have never nurtured a successful vegetable garden from seed to kitchen. My maternal grandmother Martha, who was the best cook I have ever known, started her seeds in February and transplanted the sturdy plants into rich soil in May, harvesting lush and perfect vegetables all summer long. My seedlings developed damping off disease.  My soil is irresistible to quack grass. I once asked her the secret for her perfect garden, with lush plants and incredible yield,. She said, “when I see a weed, I pull it out.” Continue Reading…

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Posted 05/28/2012

Some Things a Supermarket Can Never Give You

I am addicted.  Truly addicted to my morning regimen. No, it’s not a catch up to the day’s news on my iPad with a cup of coffee from Starbucks. Nor is it my favourite bowl of cereal or brand of carton orange juice.  It isn’t even a luxurious shower or a lie in. What I’m talking about is much more sacred than that.

You see, I currently live in a small tourist town on the ever-sunny, gorgeous, volcano-lined lake Atitlan in the Western Highlands of a country that has been nicknamed ‘the land of eternal spring’ – Guatemala. Here, my mornings consist simply of a twenty-minute shopping trip. But it’s not anything that I had been used to when living in Europe or Australia.

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