Tiella di patate, cipolle e pomodori (Potato, Onion and Tomato Casserole)

Frankcontorno, Puglia17 Comments

I really like baked casserole dishes. You can assemble them at your leisure, then pop them in the oven and serve them when you’re ready to eat. It’s cooking at its most relaxing. The people of Puglia, the region at the heel of the Italian boot, are particularly casserole dishes … Read More

Pasta con la ricotta (Pasta and Ricotta Cheese)

FrankCampania, pasta, primi piatti, Puglia56 Comments

Pasta con la ricotta (Pasta and ricotta)

Pasta and ricotta make for a perfect impromptu meal or weekend dinner. The mellow flavor combination of tomato, ricotta and a bit of parmesan cheese is vaguely reminiscent of southern-style lasagna. But unlike lasagna, it’ll be done in less than 30 minutes—the time it takes to bring the water to … Read More

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe (Orecchiette ai broccoletti)

FrankFall, pasta, primi piatti, Puglia, Winter39 Comments

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe

A quick pasta dish with vegetables that you can whip up in less an 30 minutes, Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe makes for a fine meatless dinner, with cheese and fruit for dessert. It’s pretty typical of the kind of thing we like to eat in our house on a weeknight when there’s … Read More

Calzone di cipolla alla pugliese (Puglian Onion Pie)

Frankantipasti, Puglia59 Comments

Puglian Onion Pie

This dish brings back some of my fondest childhood food memories. Calzone di cipolla, or Puglian onion pie, is one of the signature dishes of the cuisine of Puglia. My grandfather Lorenzo hailed from a small town outside of Bari, the capital of Puglia, called Grumo Appula. His sister, whom … Read More

Funghi in pastella (Mushroom Fritters)

Frankantipasti, contorno, Puglia, snack26 Comments

Funghi in pastella (Mushroom Fritters)

I was so very pleased to read in the paper the other day that frying need not to be bad for you, especially if you fry in olive oil. The news didn’t come as a surprise—I had always figured if Angelina managed to live to be 98 eating fried foods … Read More

Polpette di melanzane (Eggplant Meatballs)

Frankantipasti, primi piatti, Puglia, snack, summer33 Comments

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 … Read More

Angelina’s Green Beans with Onions and Mint

FrankCampania, contorno, Puglia13 Comments

Although our favorite way of having green beans when we were kids, especially in the summer, was in umido, or stewed with tomatoes, Angelina had another nice way of making green beans with sautéed onions and mint. As it turns out, at least according to this article, the recipe is … Read More

Agnello e patate al forno (Oven-Roasted Lamb and Potatoes)

FrankCampania, piatti unici, Puglia6 Comments

Oven-Roasted Lamb and Potatoes

Lamb and potatoes have a natural affinity, as we saw in the elegant côtes d’agneau Champvallon. Here is a more rustic dish, made with seasoned chunks of lamb and potatoes baked in the oven until nicely browned on top. Simple, hearty and satisfying. Ingredients Serve 4-6 1 kilo (2 lbs) … Read More