Pasta

Slow cooked spaghetti

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Italians are very particular in how they prepare their pasta, a style emulated by chefs and cooks around the world. The phase al dente has become part of the culinary lexicon and roughly analogous to the Swedish lagom or “just right”, more a philosophy than a way to prepare a bowl of noodles. In cookbooks, however, […]

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The Incredible Journey of Corchorus Olitorius

July 4, 2010

Deep in tropical Africa families ate a nutritious and filling stew from a plant known today as ewedu.  Little would they know that this would be the last connection with their homeland before slave traders shipped them away as prized commodities. The slaves carried with them the tiny seeds of Corchorus Olitorius, a plant that […]

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A Spin on Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

May 24, 2010

Whore’s spaghetti, as spaghetti puttanesca is delicately translated from Italian, is a quick, inexpensive meal prepared with the most flavorful and readily available ingredients. Made popular by working girls, as urban legend has us believe, this dish has passed the threshold to more suburban kitchens. Now busy mothers and professionals alike can enjoy a tasty […]

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Summertime and the Cookin’s Easy

April 21, 2010

Summertime and the livin’s easy Fish are jumping and cotton is high Oh your Daddy’s rich, Your mamas good looking I said hush little baby Don’t you cry Well, perhaps it’s not summer yet, but with the heat waves smoldering the country it certainly feels like that.  Within a month the country has transformed itself […]

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Pasta Alla Norma and Twitter Discoveries

February 28, 2010

Pasta alla Norma is a traditional Sicilian recipe, consisting mainly of tomatoes, fried eggplants and salata ricotta, a version of ricotta which can be grated over the pasta adding creamy flavor and brightening the color of the dish. It is supposedly named after a beautiful and famous opera, Norma, composed by Vincenzo Bellini in 1831. […]

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