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Octopus and Potato Salad

Octopus and Potato Salad

While visiting my daughters in the Washington, D.C. area, I made a trip to the local seafood market.  Really fresh seafood is hard to come by in the mountains of North Carolina, where my husband and I spend our summers.  I was instantly intoxicated by the variety of fish and crustaceans exhibited, including the octopus.  […]

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Potato Salad:  Insalata di Patate

Potato Salad: Insalata di Patate

Potato salads go well with just about any kind of grilled meat, which makes it an ideal side dish for summer picnics or family gatherings.  This simple vinegar (vinaigrette) based potato salad is a light refreshing change from the more common mayo-based potato salad.  Be sure to use new potatoes for this dish.  I love […]

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Calamari Salad with Olives and Capers

Calamari Salad with Green Olives and Capers

Calamari salad makes a great antipasto dish or side salad, served either chilled or at room temperature.  It is similar in flavor to octopus salad but much quicker to make.  Squid takes about one minute to cook, whereas octopus takes about one hour.  Chilling the squid for several hours helps to intensify the flavors.  I usually […]

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Roasted Eggplant Salad

Roasted Eggplant Salad

  My daughter Amanda decided she was going to start a mini-farm this year.  Mind you, she has never grown a vegetable in all her life.  I was really amazed at all the stuff she grew.  Some of the squash looked like they were on steroids.  Unlike the rest of my family I have never had […]

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Sicilian Lemon Herb Potato Salad

Potato salad in my family was made with either lemon juice or vinegar and olive oil.  This easy recipe for lemon-herb potato salad is my favorite.  It’s simply dressed with olive oil and lemon juice and seasoned with parsley and scallions.  Serve with grilled chicken or beef. SICILIAN LEMON-HERB POTATO SALAD Insalata di Patate cú […]

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Artichoke Salad

Artichokes are my favorite vegetable and I especially love artichoke salad.  This salad is made in the springtime when fresh baby artichokes are available.  However, fresh artichokes require a great deal of preparation before cooking.  You must first remove the a good deal of the hard outer leaves,  scoop out the fuzzy choke, and cook before […]

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Roasted Onion Salad:  Insalata di Cipudda Arrustuta

Roasted Onion Salad: Insalata di Cipudda Arrustuta

Rarely do we think of onions as a suitable vegetable dish.  Most of us just use them to add flavoring to the foods we’re cooking.  The simple onion, when roasted, makes an interesting and surprising side dish.  Roasting the onions makes them sweet and mild.  You can also add almost any fresh herb of your […]

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Orange, Black Olive, and Fennel Salad: Insalata di Aranci, Alivi Nivuri, é Finocchi

The ingredients of this salad seem an odd combination but it is the perfect marriage of sweet, salty, and crunchy.  This is one of my favorite salads.  There is a whole lot going on in one mouthful.  You have the sweet, fresh, acidic, citrusy taste of the oranges, contrasted by the earthy and salty flavor […]

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Roasted Onion, Green Bean, and Potato Salad: Insalata di Cippuda, Fasolini, é Patati

It’s Sunday, and I decided I wanted to make a roast chicken today, one of my favorite comfort foods to prepare on such a cold blustery day.  I’m also feeling a bit lazy.  It’s really easy to prepare – you just season the bird and let the oven do the rest of the cooking.  Can’t […]

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Peperonata: Roasted Pepper Salad

In the Italian language, this dish is more formally referred to as “Peperonata” and can be served as an appetizer or side salad. When used as an appetizer, serve with crusty Italian or French bread slices. “Pipareddi” is the Sicilian word for bell peppers and this dish is often referred to as “Insalata Di Pipareddi […]

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