Category: Antipasti

Poke – Italian Style (Pesce crudo) for 8 people

While in Lahaina, Maui a few years ago, I tried an Italian re-imagination of the famous Hawaiian “poke” recipe.  Typically, poke is raw sashimi-style fish that’s been marinated in soy sauce and tossed with onion or spicy mayonnaise.  But at the Italian restaurant in Lahaina, which has closed during the intervening years, they served Hamachi […]

Giancarlo Gottardo’s Cold Octopus Salad

Octopus Salad alla Vucciria (for 4 to 6 people) In my previous posting of how to cook octopus for soup, I suggested that it’s best to get a small octopus, because large octopus is too rubbery.  My good friend Giancarlo Gottardo taught me how to make even a large octopus tender and delicious.  Most American […]

Ceviche

You do not need to go to Mexico to eat a great ceviche.  Actually, is very easy to make!  My ceviche of course is outstanding.  It is a great dish, always, but especially if you are on a diet, it is the right thing to eat: low in calories, yet you feel good after eating […]

Erbazzone, a savory pie made with bitter greens

This is one of Betti’s favorite recipes, and she makes it once a week.  Betti’s version is based on Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s recipe in The Splendid Table, a collection of fabulous recipes from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The erbazzone is basically a shepard’s pie made with a simple crust and filled with bitter greens, […]

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