Month: September 2008

Roasted garlic


Simple and delicious–completely natural, roasted garlic may be used in a number of different ways. 1. Slice off the top of a whole large head of garlic so that the the garlic shows through the thin paper that separates each clove (May use Elephant Garlic also, doesn’t work with fresh garlic) 2. Place it on […]

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Witchy Halibut


September 24th Halibut with a bit of a witch, starting with “B” Prepare two things in advance: 1. Wilt spinach in olive oil and garlic. Set aside. 2. Make a sauce of olive oil, garlic, lots of hot pepper, parsley, basil, capers, black olives, wine, anchovies and tomatoes. Set aside. 3. Then quickly sauté halibut […]

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Recommended Reading


Recommended reading: Support the Arts: buy books! Novels and more! Here are some books I recommend: Requiem, Mass. by John Dufresne Cruel Poetry by Vicki Hendricks (noir) In the Heat by Ian Vasquez (mystery) Straits of Fortune by Anthony Gagliano (mystery) All or Nothing by Preston Allen Some Assembly Required by Lynn Kiele Bonasia The […]

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Cutlets saltimbocca “jump in your mouth”


September 22ndToday is officially the first day of Autumn. And what did this first Fall day bring me here in Utah? Snow on the mountains, a 40 degree rainy morning that has now dissipated and sun shines beatifically on the riotously beautiful changing colors of leaves on the maples and aspens on the hillocks and […]

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Spaghetti alla puttanesca


2nd recipe of his lovely Sunday, Sept. 21 in the Wasatch Mountains Spaghetti alla PutanescaSpaghetti Whore’s StyleBasically it’s home style sauce, “casalinga,” that’s been dolled up, tarted-up, coquetted-up to look and taste fancier and make a sensation on or off the streets! Ingredients: Olive oilPlum tomatoes½ glass of white wineSaltHot pepperAnchoviesGarlicParsleyBasil Flood the bottom of […]

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Tomato Pie


Blog Sept. 21st Tomato pie Seems like I never do one thing at a time…must be the Gemini personality. So here’s the recipe for 2 tomato pies. One pie serves 8 as an appetizer, or use it instead of salad. Ingredients: 8 large, ripe tomatoes1 huge sweet onionblack pepper1 cup of mayonnaise¾ 4o 1 cup […]

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Coniglio: Rabbit ( Nico’s recipe “retouched” by Mom)


Here’s a recipe my son sent me and I ‘fixed up’ to lessen the degree of difficulty. CONIGLIO AL CIOCCOLATO for 4 diners 1 coniglio: rabbit1 onion3 ribs of celery2 bay leavesa fistful of pinoli a fistful of raisins2 small carrots cut into round slices3 or 4 cloves20 grams of wild fennel–or the soft, green […]

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Coda alla Vaccinara: ox tails Roman style alla Nina


Coda alla vaccinara It seems these are “fat” times for the blog, but soon I’ll be moving into a lean period as I intend to finish the revision of my novel set in China and I’ll be traveling. So we’ll double dip today and I’ll give the coda recipe and next will follow the rabbit […]

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Dennis Lehane: The Given Day


Dennis Lehane scores again…BIG TIME!!! Congrats, Dennis!Well you can pre-order his book, The Given Day, a 704 page historical novel on www.amazon.com at the reduced price of $18 and change, and I suggest you do, as opposed to the $27 change you’ll be paying when the book hits the biggie bookstores. Thank you, Dennis, for […]

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Cozze di latte: milk mussels


Sept. 17th Ok here’s a darling, doozy of a recipe—called cozze di latte: literally “milk mussels,” but there’s no milk. It’s only because the color, or lack of it that makes it a “white” dish, meaning no red sauce or tomatoes, and that give it it’s misnomer “milk.” I can only approximate the quantities, so […]

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