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Dancing Tomatoes

First Course

Nonno’s Spaghettone with Simple San Marzano Sauce

Before our recent trip to Naples, I lined up a restaurant kitchen so that Sami and I could film a video for you.  I had vague ideas for subjects but knew that once there I’d find something specific.  It turned out even better than that. Go to Video Villa del Carmelo Some background.  We were …

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A Pizza Lesson with Award Winning Pizzaiolo, in Naples

pizza, basil, mozzarella, san marzano, tomatoes, dough

Of course there is nothing new under the sun. Flatbreads have been baked from India to the Middle East and beyond  in every shape and kind of wood-burning oven, truly since time immemorial.  It is thanks to the Neopolitans, however,  that it has been transformed into one of the world’s favorite dish. Go to Video …

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The Perfect Stuffed Zucchini Blossom

zucchini blossom, garlic, ricotta

Go to Recipe Go to Video I spent two years researching the ITALIAN FARMHOUSE cookbook, visiting farms, growers, restaurants in rural areas, and in some areas no so rural.  I began with a basic knowledge of Italian food and a certain skepticism due to my French culinary training and finished the book with utmost respect.  …

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To eat the omelet, or not to eat the omelet

Who was the daring chef to make the very first omelet and defy all manner of French economical thinking?  She or he was a courageous being, for anyone who knows the French knows they are thrifty and clever in all ways.  Which means that to make an omelet meant breaking many eggs and those eggs …

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You Think It’s Just a Fennel Salad?

There is something about fennel that you may not have known.  It’s part of a group of vegetables called “diskènes” which can be consumed as a spice, an herb, and a vegetable.    If you love fennel, you instinctively know that, but who knew it was an actual category?  And it’s a pretty big one at …

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The Artichoke’s – It’s All About Love

artichokes, flat leaf parsley,

When I was a child, my mother served us artichokes whenever she could find them.  I was the only one I knew who ate them, delighting in pulling off each leaf and dipping it into wonderful melted butter.  We were a big family, and food was our heart and soul.  Getting a big, fat artichoke …

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Is the Brussels Sprout From Brussels?

Brussels sprouts, salad, French, France, slice

Go to Recipe Go to Video That’s the big question on everyone’s mind when it comes to these little, round, green vegetables is: Are Brussels sprouts REALLY from Brussels? Yes. No. The answer is yes, and no.  Brussels has always been a busy hub with lots of activity and while there was some farming done …

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