Mafalda is snake-shaped bread. The sesame seeds give this bread a nutty taste. It is a firm loaf- great for cutting and spreading jams.
Summertime is zucchini-time and CSA members are always trying to find another way to enjoy these versatile veggies. Traditionally, the stuffed zucchini can be cut into thirds and served as a side dish. They can also be enjoyed as a light meal.
I am descended from a long line of fishermen on my grandmother’s side. It is this legacy that has me interested in fish. Not necessarily in fishing, but in cooking the kind of fish found in the waters that surround Sicily. One of those fish is swordfish, a predatory fish with a long flat bill that looks like a sword.
This recipe is for grilled squid. It is a rare occasion when Wegmans has squid or octopus, so I got in line at the fish counter when I spotted squid in the case. During the day, I marinated it in lemon, homemade garlic paste, pepper, salt, parsley, thyme, oregano, and a few mint leaves.
Busiate are a classic Sicilian pasta shape. They are named after ‘busa’, or a knitting needle because many families used knitting needles to roll the noodles.
Many traditional Sicilian kinds of wheat are at risk of disappearing because farmers are abandoning them for more profitable varieties. This recipe features homemade ravioli made with traditional Sicilian flours and cheeses. Delicious!
This recipe is for a basic passata sauce. Passata is an uncooked tomato puree strained of seeds and chunks. It is unlike tomato sauce or paste because it hasn’t been cooked.