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Insalata di cozze (Mussel Salad)

  It’s hard to think of an easier way to prepare mussels than this one. The mussels are steamed in white wine, shelled and then dressed with a lightly seasoned variation on the classic Italian oil and vinegar salad dressing. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes, if you like a little ‘kick’.  Let them […]

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Melanzane a funghetto (“Mushroom-Style” Eggplant)

Don’t let the name of this dish fool you, there are no mushrooms in melanzane a funghetto, also known by its Neapolitan dialect name, melanzane «a fungetiello» The name refers to the way in which the eggplant is cooked, reminiscent of the classic sautéed mushrooms. Like so many of the summer dishes from Campania we’ve […]

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Pollo all’ischitana (Ischia-Style Chicken)

After last week’s look at gnocchi alla sorrentina, Sorrento’s classic gnocchi dish, let’s travel across the Bay of Naples to the lovely island of Ischia. During our years in Rome, Ischia was one of our favorite spots for a getaway from the city. A bit less touristy and more rustic than its more famous “sister” island […]

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Gnocchi alla sorrentina (Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella)

Potato gnocchi are pretty filling, the kind of food you may associate with the cooler weather. But, in fact, you can enjoy gnocchi all year ’round. They are delicious with pesto, for example, or with a simple tomato sauce. In fact, one of the classic Campanian summer dishes is gnocchi alla sorrentina, or potato gnocchi […]

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Bruschetta

Bruschetta is a dish of such astonishing simplicity that you might say it’s not even worth blogging about. After all, the authentic, basic bruschetta is nothing more or less than grilled bread, rubbed with garlic and drizzled with olive oil, seasoned with a sprinkling of salt. And besides, there are a million paper and online […]

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Spiedini e arrosticini (Italian Kabobs)

Summer may be drawing to a close here in the Northern Hemisphere, but there’s still time to get in some more grilling. In fact, grilling is a lot more pleasant in the cooler temperatures of the late summer and early fall than at the height of the summer—standing over a hot grill during those ‘dog […]

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Coniglio allo spiedo (Spit-Roasted Rabbit)

Rabbit is one of the most under-appreciated types of “fowl”. Many people have a visceral negative reaction to eating rabbit, since in some countries rabbits are more likely to be pets than a dinner item, but in Italy and other countries, rabbits are highly esteemed for their culinary value and, in these days of tasteless factory chicken, rabbits make […]

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Astice alla griglia (Grilled Lobster)

  It seems I can’t get enough of grilled seafood! We’ve already featured grilled fish, grilled mollusk and grilled cephalopod, so let’s complete the series with grilled crustacean, which may be the most delicious of them all. Here in the US, we are blessed with an abundance of lobster and, much to the chagrin of […]

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Quick Note: Vongole alla brace (Grilled Clams)

I don’t know about you, but even for an inveterate cooking enthusiast like myself, the dog days of summer take their toll. I like to keep time spent over a hot stove to a minimum, so I turn to lots of quick and easy dishes that need little or no application of heat. Last night, […]

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Bollito di verdure (Poached Vegetables)

  Grilled vegetables are fantastic, but almost equally popular for a light summer meal are poached or steamed vegetables, allowed to cool and simply dressed with olive oil and seasoned with salt, or–for a richer taste–homemade mayonnaise. If boiled vegetables sound boring to you, then you need to think again. If you cook and season […]

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Grigliata di verdure (Grilled Vegetables)

Summer is the season for grilling, as we all know, but don’t limit yourself to meat. Seasonal vegetables are gorgeous on the grill, too. The intense heat of the grill concentrates their flavors and adds a smoky undertone that is very appealing. The main tip for grilling vegetables of whatever kind is to keep the […]

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Quick Note: Frullati di frutta (Fruit Smoothies)

  This one is so simple you might wonder why I am even posting about it. It’s what some of my fellow bloggers might call a ‘non-recipe’.  And yet, the frullato is so essential to the Italian summertime food culture that it would be malpractice not to mention it. And besides, it’s delightful.     A […]

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Pasta al pesce spada (Pasta with Swordfish)

This is the kind of carefree pasta dish that, for me, typifies summer eating. The recipe is quick –you can make the condimento (sauce) in the time it takes for you to bring the water to a boil and cook the pasta–and precise measurements hardly matter at all. (The ones indicated here are really just […]

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Zucchine ripiene al forno (Baked Zucchini Boats)

It’s zucchini season again! Zucchini are sometimes dismissed as ‘bland’ but in fact their mild flavor can be put to good use. They make an ideal foil for all sorts of flavors, whether simmered in tomato sauce and marinated with herbs and vinegar or baked alla parmigiana. They also make fine vehicle for a savory […]

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Zucchine alla parmigiana (Zucchini Parmesan)

Eggplant isn’t the only vegetable that you can make alla parmigiana, fried and baked in layers with a light tomato sauce, mozzarella and grated parmesan cheese. Zucchini, another typical summer vegetable, also enjoys the same treatment. It is a fine way to exalt the sometimes rather bland vegetable. While the delicate taste of zucchini can […]

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Polpette di melanzane (Eggplant ‘Meatballs’)

The cooking of Puglia, the region that encompasses the ‘heel’ of the Italian peninsula on the Adriatic Sea, deserves to be much better known. It practically defines the Mediterranean diet, with a strong focus on simply prepared fruits of the sea and fresh produce like fava beans, cime di rape and eggplant. Puglia produces some […]

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Insalata di riso con würstel (Rice Salad with Wieners)

Insalata di riso, or rice salad, is another staple of Italian summertime cooking. It’s quick and very easy to make, it can be made ahead—in fact, it only gets better after a day in the fridge—and it’s light on the stomach. And it lends itself to variations limited only to your imagination. Last August, I […]

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Frittata di zucchine (Zucchini Frittata)

A frittata is another one of those dishes that lends itself well to the dog days of summer: quick and easy to prepare, amenable to eating hot or cold, and it keeps well, overnight or even longer. And, of course, it can accommodate an almost infinite variety of fillings that can change with the seasons. […]

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