Finocchi gratinati (Fennel Gratin)

Frankcontorno, Winter31 Comments

Fennel gratin

I love fennel. It may, in fact, be my favorite winter vegetable. Personally, I mostly like fennel eaten raw, either dipped in bagna cauda or in some seasoned olive oil as part of a pinzimonio, or—best of all—just as is, as ‘dessert’. Its refreshing anise taste and crisp texture seems … Read More

Pasta al forno (Baked Pasta)

Frankpasta, piatti unici, primi piatti22 Comments

Pasta al forno (Baked Pasta)

Is there anything more comforting than baked pasta?  If there is, I haven’t come across it yet. And while some pasta al forno dishes in the Italian repertoire—especially the two ‘star’ lasagne dishes, the South’s lasagna di carnevale and the North’s lasagne alla bolognese—are elaborate affairs, there are everyday versions that … Read More

Pesce al forno con patate (Baked Fish with Potatoes)

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Baked Fish with Potatoes

We’ve looked at Angelina’s pollo e patate (chicken and potatoes) and  agnello e patate (lamb and potatoes). Well, fish is also exquisite with potatoes as well, and while the chicken and lamb were ‘down home’ dishes, pesce al forno con patate, baked fish with potatoes, is elegant enough to serve for a formal dinner party. It … Read More

Zucchine alla parmigiana (Zucchini Parmesan)

Frankantipasti, Campania, summer10 Comments

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. Zucchine alla parmigiana, or Zucchini Parmesan, is almost as popular. It is a fine way to exalt the sometimes rather bland vegetable. While the delicate taste … Read More

Branzino al sale (Branzino Baked in Salt)

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Branzino Baked in Salt

This will be a short post as I’ve come down with a nasty cold. No matter, since this is a short and simple recipe anyway, another example of the sublime simplicity of Italian cookery, branzino baked in salt. Yes, that’s what I said. Not to worry, the end result is not too … Read More