Pomarola is the recipe of my childhood. An everyday sauce tossed with pasta that had been waiting for me back from school. Simple and delicious, with Tuscany roots like my mom’s family. Sauteed vegetables, blended with fresh tomatoes and basil leaves: easy, quick, and tasty!
Pan-seared swordfish steaks marinated with Salmoriglio is a tasty and traditional Southern-Italian recipe. This method to flavor meats, and fish, and vegetables is very ancient and delicious (here the whole history and recipe of Salmoriglio)! The fish steaks have to be well seared and tender, flavored with oregano, garlic, and lemon. Besides the marinate is a fast and easy dish, perfect to bring the kids to the love for the fish!
Salmoriglio is an ancient, Italian marinade and dressing. Thanks to its sour, lemony flavor it helps to tenderize fish, meats, and vegetables giving them a delicious taste! Here, the history and the recipe.
Capocollo is a classic cured Italian! This savory cut of pork is processed fresh or cured in several Italian regions. In this case, I prepared a great pasta with cured capocollo and mini sweet peppers. Oregano leaves give at the sauce a fresh flavor and balance the salty taste of the meat and chili pepper. Serve this dish hot with a sprinkle of ricotta salata.
August, time of jarred food! Here a summer classic: The sun-dried tomatoes. To prepare dried tomatoes in the traditional way it takes a week of sun. Umm … a week… fortunately, there is another way to make delicious dried tomatoes in “only” 10 to 14 hours! This process is not fast, but the result is delicious, and it will comfort on cold winter days, bringing a little ‘sun even in December,unless you live in California, lucky guys!
Monkfish and bell peppers is a combination that must absolutely be tried! The zucchini cut into “spaghetti” will complement the flavor of the dish and add color. Remember not to overcook the fish to preserve its delicate taste and to stir the pasta with the cream of cornstarch, to harmonize the flavors well.
This dish remind me of my days in Greece: The white-washed houses, the deep blue of the sea and the pale and spiced yellow of Retsina wine. when I returned I brought home the colors and flavors of the Peloponnese and I created a variant of the veal scaloppine with what I had left in my suitcase : Kalamata olives, fresh tomatoes, oregano, capers, feta cheese. The result was great, and I toasted to the many ingredients that are common to Italy and Greece!
Roasted cherry tomatoes in olive oil are both excellent for pasta, risotto, salads, and also to eat during an aperitif, with olives, cured meats, and cheese. They can be flavored with many herbs and scents: here, I have prepared some with fresh oregano and some others with garlic, capers, and parsley. Try to make them; the taste of these roasted tomatoes after a few weeks stored in the dark is so yummy!