“Over the light of the Italian sea Is the despair of olive trees” – From “Ode to Olive Oil” by Pablo Neruda Prized by the ancients, the olive tree and its fruit appear in mythology, food traditions, and trade. From the bed of Odysseus, which was shaped from a living olive tree, to the burning […]
With their long stems and bright greens, beets lure in quite a few people at the market. They pick them up but then put them down. On their faces I sometimes see the flashbacks to horrible childhood beet experiences, many beginning with the canned red ones. If you have such memories, I recommend the golden […]
Whether served with the antipasto course or in a sandwich, salami steals the show with a rich flavor that comes from garlic, wine, and spices. On the other end of the spectrum is ricotta, the creamy, mild cheese that plays well with others, finding its way into dips, pasta dishes, and even pancakes. Since I […]
Sauteed spinach can be an incredibly flavorful side dish. When combined with mascarpone, Parmesan, and lots of great seasoning, it transforms into an indulgent dip. As opposed to a light bite that you can pop into your mouth right before the main course, this recipe is perfect for those times when a roast is slowly […]
With a sweeter flavor than other varieties, red cheddar always strikes me as the ideal cheese for breakfast. A perfect complement to fruit, it calls to mind my father’s predilection for topping apple pie with a slice of cheddar. Why opt for sweet or savory when you can have both?