Posts Tagged ‘recipe’

Salty Sponge?!?


My brother-in-law JUMBO says it’s like eating a salty wet sponge. This is highly upsetting to me. He and other olive-haters are missing out on one of the most delicious of Italian pleasures. The olive tree is native to the Mediterranean region, Asia, and Africa. It was one of the first trees harvested by humans some 7,000 years ago.  Now, it’s grown in warm climates worldwide. There are hundreds of cultivars with distinct, rich, savory flavors. Olives are commonly served in all manners of deliciousness – marinated, cured and stuffed. They’re […]

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What’s a “Pickie”?


Shortly after my sister Natalie got married she hosted her first family party. “Bryon, can you go to the food store and get the pickies?” she said to her husband. Bryon was happy to help and went to the store. An hour passed. Bryon came home frustrated and empty-handed. “I asked everyone in the supermarket where the pickies were and know one knew what the hell I was talking about??!” Natalie realized he was clueless about what she meant, and rightfully so. “Pickies” is a DiGioia-ism, a word used by […]

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Giacomo’s Escarole Soup

Previously published in The Wave. I was selling some stuff on eBay last week, and in a little slip of the tongue, I asked my husband if the money was “in escarole”, which sent him into a hysterical laughing fit. “I think that might be the Sicilian-est malaprop possible.” he said. In any case, it gave me the idea to share with you an old family recipe for Zuppa di Scarola e Fagioli, or escarole and bean soup. “Uhh, but what’s escarole?” you ask? It’s a leafy green that sort […]

tomato olive salad


I’ve been making this tomato salad for a decade, at least. Gosh, that sounds like a long time doesn’t? The weather is getting colder and my inclination is to eat cheese, bread and meat but I’m really trying to keep the veggies in the forefront this fall.  I over-bought  tomatoes last week and thought this was the perfect dish to make with them. This salad doesn’t take much time to prepare. I like making it in advance so when I’m hungry and looking for something  to eat, it’s ready to go. […]

sweet onion dip


I found this recipe for onion dip on I’ve made it twice so far – for Jumbo’s JUMBAQ and my niece Annie’s Christening party. It was a crowd pleaser at both events. You can make this dipping sauce in advance, which is always a bonus when you’re having company. You would think using one pound of onions is overkill but it’s not. The flavor is sweet because of the caramelization of the onions. I added a healthy amount of fresh oregano. The oregano’s peppery kick works nicely with the sweetness of the onion mixture.  I used […]

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Pan-fried Tilapia With Coconut Cilantro Sauce


Summer is the best time to eat fresh fish! I love it and so does my husband. I’ve been trying to make fish once a week. Rockaway people – if you can’t make it to the Cross Bay Market, Stop and Shop on 70th street actually has a great selection. I recommend buying your fish the day of, wherever you get it. I found this tasty recipe on the It’s easy to make and only takes about a half hour, start to finish. The sauce is Indian inspired – creamy and full bodied with a kick. You can […]

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Mint Cashew Dahi Chutney


This chutney has punch and the flavors are complex – sweet, spicy, nutty and a tang all in one. It’s simple to make and has major “wow factor”. Make it as an appetizer with naan or as a dressing over tofu or chicken or as a sandwich spread. I want to explore more chutney recipes because of this versatility. As you know, I’ve been learning to cook Indian food and this dish was a big win with my official taster – the husband. I found the recipe on  INGREDIENTS (makes 1 cup) 1 bunch fresh cilantro leaves 1/2 c. fresh […]

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Curried Cauliflower


One of my New Year’s resolutions is to learn how to cook Indian food and become really good at it. If I make two dishes a week that’s 104  times cooking Indian. Surely not enough to become a master but If I stick to this schedule, by next year I’ll have learned so much and be pretty good at cooking this delicious food. So far I’ve made Saag Paneer, and killed it! I cooked curried eggplant but got to drunk and screwed it up. I made curried cauliflower twice. I got the recipes from […]

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Let the Carrot Speak for Itself


Carrots are rich in flavor, they don’t need much seasoning. Let the carrot speak for itself. Below is a simple side dish recipe that’s delicious. It’s perfect with a nice cut of beef and mash potatoes. Ingredients: 1 lb. bag of carrots 3 sprigs rosemary Good butter (Kerry Gold or Plugra) Salt and pepper liberally Directions: 1. Peel carrots and cut them in half. Cut long ways if they’re really thick 2. In a frying pan melt the butter and cook the carrots on high heat for about 5 min until they […]

10 minute meal- Italian stuffed portobello


Here’s a great one for a weeknight meal. Cook time – only 10 minutes!  The stuffed portobello is healthy, savory and also vegetarian. Directions (of course double, triple, etc. if you want to make several) 1 large portobello mushroom Extra virgin olive oil Parmesan cheese Fresh Mozzarella 1 clove garlic 1 small tomato Parsley Salt, freshly ground pepper Directions 1. Thinly slice tomato, mozzarella, and garlic – set aside 2. Heat up 2 tablespoons of oil on the stovetop, set the flame to high 3. Lightly coat the mushroom with oil […]

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