The Bell Pepper Post

While peeking around the stalls at the Farmer’s Market the other day I stopped by the “plant guy”, you know the one that sells small plant, all edible stuff that you can bring home and grow in your own backyard.  I have…

Braised Cavolo Nero & Green Cabbage with Bacon

For this recipe I like to use some green cabbage to attenuate and balance the bitterness of the Tuscan kale.  If you prefer an extra bold, in-your-face flavor use only Tuscan kale and switch the bacon to pancetta…. it will resuscitate the…

Peperonata

Hearty, tasty, healthy and satisfying the peperonata is the Italian peasant version of the “foo-foo” French cousin, ratatouille.  I can make a whole meal out of this simple vegetable dish!  There is always a lot of dispute about adding olives or potatoes…

Braised Artichokes

Last week I bought some artichokes at the Farmer’s Market in Culver City to cook for a dinner party I was catering.  They were perfect specimens: hard to the touch, “kissed” by frost (the brown spots on the leaves indicates they were…

Braised Green Lentils

This is an exquisite and very versatile recipe.  It is a great side dish, it can be tossed in a salad or sauteed with pasta.  Add more liquid and few extra minutes of cooking and you’ve created a healthy, mouthwatering soup.

Squashin’ Your Zucchini

One of my favorite vegetables that I grow in my garden, aside from tomatoes, is zucchini (both are actually fruit).  They grow quickly, they don’t need a lot of upkeep and each plant produces quite a good amount of squash and flowers…

Zucchini Al Tegame

This delicious zucchini recipe lends itself to many uses: side dish, pasta sauce, even as a bruschetta topping!  It can be devoured hot or cold and I encourage you to swap the herbs combination to give it a different flare (i.e. cilantro…

Sloooow Roasted Tomatoes

We all know that “slow roasting” can bring a tough piece of meat to its knees.  So, think about what can happen when you slow roast a soft and juicy fruit/vegetable, like a tomato.  It actually doesn’t make it softer, it makes…