Category Archives: vegetable

Vegetables Oreganata Style

What did we do before air conditioners?    We had only one air conditioner in our house when I was growing up. And it was in our living room window. It looked more like a refrigerator sticking out of our … Continue reading

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Fresh Tomato Sauce

I’m posting this recipe now to encourage you to grow your own tomatoes, and at the least, try making a fresh tomato sauce from fresh, ripe, Roma tomatoes. There is nothing quite like growing your own tomatoes, then taking those vine ripened beauties and … Continue reading

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Melanzane in Carrozza

If I had my choice, instead of sitting down for a 8 course dinner I would rather raid the antipasti table at a restaurant or catering hall.  I’m sure some of you have to admit that your favorite part of … Continue reading

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Cavatelli with Broccoli Rabe and Italian Sausage

Cavatelli has to be my all time favorite macaroni. If I had to choose a last meal it would include Cavatelli with my mother’s tomato sauce with meatballs and Gudinna (rolled up pig’s skin made like a braciole). Cavatelli is made with … Continue reading

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Lentil Soup with Spinach

I hated lentil soup as a kid! Not sure what I disliked more, my mom’s broccoli soup or her lentil soup. At least there were no bugs in the lentil soup. I’m happy to say that my taste has changed … Continue reading

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Sauteed Scarola – Escarole

STOPPA DA BOOM-DIDDI-BOOM-DIDDI-BOOM! It all started when I was around 14 years old and I was sitting around my living room on my mother’s plastic covered sofa and chairs with my friends. Richie “crazy legs” brought over his acoustic guitar and … Continue reading

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String Beans and Carrots in Tomato Sauce

BRUCULINU My grandparents came to Manhattan from Italy. The could have gone anywhere in the United States, but they settled in Manhattan. Most of the immigrants from my grandfather’s town of Vizzini settled in Manhattan, around Elizabeth Street, so my … Continue reading

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Stuffed Mushrooms

With Thanksgiving less than a week away we should all take a moment and reflect on the blessings we have to be thankful for this year. As tough as the past year has been for many Americans we can all … Continue reading

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Mom’s Broccoli Rabe

I know I’m threading on sacred ground here. Today’s chefs prepare this vegetable “al dente”. The stalks of broccoli rabe can be tough if not cooked properly. Many places I’ve eaten at prepare this dish lightly sautéed so the broccoli rabe has a tender … Continue reading

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You rarely find this vegetable in the supermarkets, if at all.  But if you lived in Brooklyn or any Italian neighborhood you could find cucuzza growing in just about everyone’s garden. It was as much a part of summer as  the … Continue reading

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