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Fish, Recipes

Anchovy Balls

 

 Sardines and anchovies were some of the classic favorites of my family when I was a little girl. At that time, the fish arrived to the countryside by means of street vendors who used bicycles as their mode of transportation. A certain lady who was nicknamed “Giovanna of the fish” […]

Pasta, Recipes

Fettuccine with Pear and Walnut Sauce

 

 Some time ago, you could buy a small cookbook on pears along with the cookbook magazine. Knowing my passion for cooking, my husband, Lucio, bought one for me. I knew many of the recipes, but one of them struck me for its originality. It was spaghetti with pears and walnut […]

Pasta, Recipes

Gnocchi with Eggplant and Potatoes

 

 During this strange summer my garden produced lots of eggplant so I decided to take an old recipe for “La Cucina Italiana” I had tried in the past from my Aunt Rita. The recipe is presented both in the classic version with a dressing made from fish and in a […]

Recipes, Vegetables

Cherry Tomato Marinara Sauce

 

 At Santa Caterina we have always prepared canned tomatoes for the winter, from peeled tomatoes to marinara sauce. Until a few years ago I was not doing these preparations, there was always someone else to do them, my mother or a neighbor. They spent time together, peeling tomatoes on sunny […]

Recipes, Rice

Risotto with Red Wine from Vis

 

 Our stay on the island of VIS (in Dalmatia, Croatia) started with a bottle of red wine from the Plavac grape variety, typical of this island, that the owner of the apartment brought as a welcome gift. A light in Lucio’s eyes twinkled, because we had agreed to abstain from […]

Fish, Recipes

Roasted Fish from Vis

 

 This simple recipe comes from the practice of philosophy: “to do with what you have.” In this case it is the opportunity of a freshly caught fish, wild rosemary island of VIS (Dalmatia) and a poorly equipped kitchen.

Fish, Recipes

Scampi from the Island of Vis

 

 The island of Vis (in Dalmatia, Croatia) is famous for its shellfish. So during my trip there I asked the fishermen of the local fish market located in the harbor of Komiza if he could get me some scampi. The local restaurants were grabbing all the scampi up so they […]