Tagged: ‘olive oil’

The Culinary Traveler: La Piadina-Italian Bakestone Bread

An Italian version of a flour tortilla or Indian chapati, piadine is one of the oldest hearth breads made in the world today. It hails from the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy on the Adriatic Sea, the site of old Etruscan cities, and the most fertile wheat-growing area in the country. This was a staple of the tenant farmer’s diet.

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Mediterranean Greek Salad

A well-made combination salad is an irresistible delight. Especially on a hot night. It is healthy eating at it’s best and appeals to all types of eaters, fitting all palates (those on special diets appreciate lusty main dish salads they can dig into with abandon as well).

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Aioli is an infamous garlic mayonnaise that is an integral part of the cuisine of Provence in southern France.  There exists some knock-you-out versions made with probably heads of garlic, but a delicious, and not so deadly, aioli is made…

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Baked Crab Cakes with Caper-Dill Sauce and Red Pepper Coulis

Crab cakes, once down home food in seaport towns, are the darling of the restaurant scene these days. They are so very easy to whip together, especially if you keep a can of premium crab meat on your shelf, although fresh is always just that tad more tasty.

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The Baker: Homemade Croutons

When I worked at the restaurant, one of the responsibilities of the baker was to make croutons every morning in time for lunch. The croutons were made from the day old bread leftover from the night before. Since there was always leftover bread, this was a good way to use it up.

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Creamy White Chicken Chili with Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

Really this was dubbed the “The Best White Chili Ever” by my sister Meg, who loves anything and everything creamy. This is a mild chili and utilizes leftover cooked chicken or a store-bought rotisserie chicken. Its almost a no brainer, out of the cupboard meal.

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Microwave Cooking: Olive Oil Granola with Golden Raisins

Granola certainly has become one of the most touted of healthy breakfast cereals and what we are experiencing now commercially has grown straight out of its roots in the hippie whole grain oat-nut-and-seed kitchen of the 1960s. The name granola is a take on granula, a toasted wheat cereal touted by whole grain movement of Sylvester Graham in the 1900s. Since it is tremendously versatile, it takes to all sorts of additions and variations on the basic recipe.

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Culinary Traveler: Lentil and Brown Rice Salad

When Chez Panisse restaurant opened a café upstairs from the main dining room, it quickly became one of my watering holes whenever I went to shop or visit friends in Berkeley. Since it was always so jammed, it was best to show up for lunch just after the doors opened at 11 a.m.

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Chez Dining Room: Mount Athos Monastery and Spanakopita

The food of Greece is wholesome regional and seasonal peasant food. One of the main foods is the pitta, or savory pie. Vegetables of all types, olive oil, herbs, grains, the famous thick yogurt, feta cheese are wrapped in phyllo, Greek for leaf. Greek cuisine, influenced by both Eastern and Western cuisines is considered one of the healthiest on the planet.

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The Microwave: Middle Eastern Eggplant Dip

I have been served any number of eggplant dips, the most famous being Baba Ghanoush. Eggplant is in the same family as the potato and tomato, and is native to India, where it is prepared in numerous ways. The microwave does a remarkable job of cooking the whole eggplant and the interior flesh, which retains its lovely spring green color, is ready to mash with other ingredients.

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