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Category Archives: Contorni/Side Dishes

Easy White Rice Recipe

This is how my grandmother used to cook rice, and it’s a foolproof easy recipe. I use the same rice I use for risotto, which comes out slightly sticky but I love its starchy flavor. It’s also good with basmati rice or good plain white rice.

Fresh Beet Salad

Beets are often shunned, yet they are a favorite in our home. Baked fresh beets have a rich, sweet flavor that our kids love.

Dressing an Italian Salad

“Italian dressing” is about as Italian as spaghetti with meatballs or chicken Tetrazzini. That is, you won’t find any in Italy. Instead of a recipe, we have a proverb for how to dress a good Italian salad.

Sautéed Zucchini with Fresh Mint and Basil: a Hopeful Garden

This easy recipe is so good, that you will find yourself sneaking some before serving, and there are rarely any leftovers.

A Magical Venetian Day with a recipe for Fried Zucchini Blossoms

In Italy eating is of supreme importance and a cardinal rule is that local food is the best and freshest. Therefore, anything nostrano “ours”, is more expensive and desirable than anything imported. In Venice, local fish is more prized than anything else.

Timeless Rice, with a Recipe for Butternut Squash Risotto

We have come to see the Gazzani rice mill. It has been in continuous operation since 1648 and still uses the mortar and pestle method that is found in only one other place in Italy.


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