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Apr. 26, 2013 11:58 am 
Updated: Apr. 27, 2013 12:46 pm
Finally! I finally got my basil plants to grow after way too much turmoil. I don't know why basil is so hard for me, but it is. While my friends plants grow like weeds, mine tended to peter out and wilt. My first several tries this year yielded plants that died because something was attacking… MORE
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Pesto Ingredients
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Pesto with pistachios
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Pasta con Pesto di Pistacchio
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Tags:  Italian
 
 
Apr. 20, 2013 11:43 am 
Updated: Apr. 23, 2013 6:21 am
Hmmmm... fresh artichokes! This week got three superb looking artichokes with the farm box and wondered just what we'd do with those babies. Had some homemade dried pappardelle left over too and thought well why not put them together with some thin sliced chicken and lemon? It would be… MORE
Chicken Scaloppini with Lemon Braised Artichokes and pappardelle
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Artichokes in braising liquid
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Pappardelle
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Apr. 19, 2013 11:04 am 
Updated: Apr. 20, 2013 7:33 am
Along with Kale, Chard is one of our most favorite vegetables to cook with. You can coax it into doing so many things the variations seem endless, especially in Italian cooking. So when this beautiful bunch of green chard showed up in our weekly farm box, I thought of a cannelloni recipe I… MORE
Green Chard Cannelloni stuffed with Chard Stalks
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Green Chard Pasta Mix
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Pasta Sheets ready for stuffing
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Apr. 18, 2013 2:03 pm 
Updated: Apr. 19, 2013 5:00 am
Recently my wife and I were in New York City and on one occasion went to visit the Italian side of the West Village. On Bleeker Street we found a cool little risotteria most appropriately called "Risotteria" that served all sorts of different combinations. My wife had a saffron risotto with… MORE
Risotto with Baby Spinach and Italian Fontina
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Risotto sofrito with spinach
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Adding stock to the risotto
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Italian Fontina
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Mar. 21, 2013 4:26 pm 
Updated: Mar. 22, 2013 9:02 am
I'd rather be watchin' then cookin' tonight so I figured this is a great night for pizza. Cal (wife's alma mater) is playing UNLV and so you can bet we'll be glued to the TV. Kind of an iffy season for Cal. Didn't do well in the beginning, then it seemed they couldn't lose... except for the… MORE
The obligatory Pizza photo
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Mar. 18, 2013 1:13 pm 
Updated: Apr. 7, 2013 8:51 pm
Well now, it's only mid-March but interesting stuff is showing up at the local Farmers Markets. My wife and I were totally surprised to see locally grown vine-ripened tomatoes! Yes they were dwarf tomatoes grown in the greenhouse, but wow! Picked ripe (not green) and as fresh as could be.… MORE
Smashed Tomatos with butter with Campanelle
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Jan. 17, 2013 3:11 pm 
Updated: Jan. 18, 2013 10:29 am
Isn't romanesco just cool? If you don't know this veg or haven't eaten it yet, a Romanesco is in the cauliflower family and sort of a cross between a cauliflower and broccoli. I think it might have been first cultivated in Italy actually, but then Italians do like to claim first on lots of… MORE
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pasta e romanesco
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Jan. 4, 2013 11:49 am 
Updated: Jan. 9, 2013 12:02 am
A Chitarra, a handmade pasta guitar from Abruzzo, Italy. How cool is that? I had been wanting one of these things for some time now and, wow.. I got one! The Chitarra ("chitarra" literally means guitar in Italian) is a wooden rack as you can see from the pictures with metal strings strung… MORE
My Chitarra
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Pasta sheet on the Chitarra ready to be cut
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Cutting the pasta (Playing the guitar)
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Nov. 20, 2012 4:09 pm 
Updated: Nov. 27, 2012 11:27 am
I got the idea for this recipe from a recent "Make it Tonight" article in Fine Dining. I also like finding new ways to use Kale that enhances its earthy taste. This just uses a bit of prosciutto, grated parmesan,  lacinato kale, a few scallions and mascarpone. Ideally it would be mixed with a… MORE
 
 
Nov. 9, 2012 3:37 pm 
Updated: Nov. 9, 2012 7:42 pm
Caponata, an interesting mix of vegetables offset by a taste of a sweet and a sour (agrodolce in Italian). The sweet is usually sugar and the sour a high quality red or white wine vinegar depending upon the type of caponata being made. Since my poor wife was ready to cry uncle from all the… MORE
 
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mbrando

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