Category Archives: vegetable

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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Cucuzza

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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Rose’s String Bean and Potato Salad

Mother’s day is this Sunday and it got me thinking about some of the things my mom used to cook. The menu is long, but one of her signature dishes that stand out in my mind with summer approaching is … Continue reading

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Fried Stuffed Eggplant

 Whatever happened to the Easter Bonnet? You know, the one with all the frills upon it. Does anyone care to be the grandest lady at the Easter Parade anymore? I remember having a new suite at Easter. OK, so it … Continue reading

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Sausage Stuffed Red Peppers

I knew I hit a good note when my son Joseph tasted these peppers and said they were the most flavorful stuffed peppers he ever ate. That was good enough for me. When I make stuffed peppers I always like … Continue reading

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a Stemperata

My father used to talk about his mother and aunts making this dish in Italy. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remember eating this as a child, the same way I remember eating caponatina. The smell of the … Continue reading

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Spinach Mpanada

This spinach filled mpanada was another staple for Christmas Eve dinner. Along with the broccoli pie and scaciatta, these savory pies were always a big hit. Whatever we didn’t finish on Christmas Eve was always on hand for breakfast the … Continue reading

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