This recipe is fitting to highlight someone in my family who helped to lay the foundations of the buildings people in my community live in. This recipe is a variation of a 90-year old Polish woman’s recipe, so you know it is good and authentic!
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!
Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson’s grand vision for secular higher education. Take a look at some places to eat and experience in this cute town!
Merroir is a “tasting room” in Topping, Virginia. The Rappahannock Oyster Co. supplies oysters to all of Sean Brock’s restaurants; they also own Merroir.