Cime di rapa (turnip tops), broccoli di rapa, broccoletti di rapa, and rape (räp' - eh), are Italian names for what Americans dub broccoli rabe, or raab. Because the cruciferous vegetable (Brassica rapa ruvo) descends from the wild mustard plants that have carpeted the heel of Italy's boot since ancient times,
A question I'm often asked is how to make the best so-called "marinara." It's one that vexes me as much as the perennial hunt for the best pizza that makes good headlines. How could only one out of countless others be "best"? To begin with,"marinara" is a misnomer. While in
Making a healthy start this spring, I went into the kitchen to cook with olive oil. Now I know there are all sorts of people, chefs among them, who will claim "you can't cook with extra virgin olive oil." Where they get this from is a mystery, but it's a myth
The diet world is a very crowded place, and advice is constantly changing. But, very slowly, we're coming to realize what the physicians of Greek antiquity well understood -- that "food" is far more than something we put in our mouths and swallow. In fact, the ancient diet of the
"My girls are laying so fast I can’t keep up with them," Martha says. She has arrived at my door with another dozen eggs, fresh from her henhouse, no doubt laid within the past 24 hours. In Italy an egg that fresh is a treasure. It’s called a "uova da bere,"
Each year on Easter Monday, residents of Fanano, a picturesque hill town in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, arm themselves with hard-boiled eggs to do battle in the village square. Young and old alike participate in this centuries-old tradition that started in the sixth century as a way for townsfolk of
Cake. It's what's for breakfast. And why not? Some studies show that a high carbohydrate and high protein breakfast actually helps people shed pounds. So it turns out your Marie Antoinette breakfast need not be a guilty pleasure. You can actually have your cake and lose weight, too. In fact, this easy
If you celebrate Passover, you're familiar with this scene: The closing prayers are sung, the last bite of seder brisket is a distant memory, and here you are facing the holiday's inevitable final ritual: [aside] piles of leftover matzo. This unleavened Passover staple never fails to divide the closest of