Category Archives: Wine

Prosciutto, Purple Daikon, and a Wine Experiment

Sometimes even the simplest meal is an opportunity to learn. Such was the case with my very limited lunch yesterday. I pan fried the last slices of my sourdough bread loaf, spread a little butter on the toast, covered each … Continue reading

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Fingerlings: New Coin of the Realm

One of the many foods I like, and my wife does not, is Fingerling Potatoes. Therefore, I don’t make them often, but when I do, I make enough for a couple of days. One night last week I was reheating … Continue reading

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Never Too Many Pastas

Homemade, Fresh, Campania The title is one of my philosophies of life. And it explains why I chose to make fresh pasta with vegetables in the style (and wine) of Campania for dinner one night and a different dish with … Continue reading

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Wood-Fired Lemon Pizza

Good food inspires all kinds of creative activity for me. Recently, I was looking over new Instagram posts from a few of the people I follow, and I was immediately struck by this one, from Chris Bianco, the founder of … Continue reading

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Recurring Vegetable Leftovers

I have difficulty discarding perfectly good leftovers, even after having had them several times in different forms. Early in April I made two favorite French recipes for a dinner, Zucchini Tomato Gratin and Roast Proven├žal Tomatoes. We finished the tomatoes … Continue reading

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The Versatility of Salads

As I’ve written before, traditional salads don’t interest me much. On the other hand, there are occasions and ways in which I take full advantage of how versatile and easy to prepare salads can be. Here are three examples this … Continue reading

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Pasta alla Norma (inspired by Stanley Tucci in Sicily)

Like many lovers of Italian food, wine, and culture, I enjoyed watching Stanley Tucci’s CNN series recently, “Searching for Italy”. I have also always been a fan of Tucci’s acting and style. In the last episode he visits Sicily. In … Continue reading

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Pasta and Clam Sauce for Lunch

Since our trip to the fish market on Friday, I am still reveling in the superb seafood treats which began with the Spanish octopus and the Baked Orata over the weekend. Today’s lunch continued the hot streak, with a version … Continue reading

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Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Chinese Dishes for Dinner

Our dinners during the third week in March were devoted to several favorite old recipes, with dishes inspired by the cuisines of Spain, Portugal, Italy, and China. The first one was a dish I developed eight years ago. Cooked in … Continue reading

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The Elegance of Canned Tuna Salad

StarKist and Chicken of the Sea may be the most popular brands of canned tuna fish, but any resemblance between them and really good tuna is purely coincidental. If you want to make a truly delicious tuna salad, then I … Continue reading

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