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Jumbo Shrimp with Eggplant Dumplings (Gamberoni con Gnocchetti di Melanzane)


Eggplant and shrimp is a combination I had never tried before, but I did try thanks to Marina of Le Ricette di Baccos and it was wonderful! 510 more words

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Gazpacho


As a good patriot I’m looking for ways to eat more tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers. And so I thought of a wonderful solution: gazpacho. This is a cold soup from Spain that is made from tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, stale bread, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, white wine vinegar, and salt. 225 more words

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Fried Sage with Anchovies (Salvia Fritta con Acciughe)


The idea for this antipasto came from ChgoJohn from the Bartolini kitchens. It was served to him in a restaurant in Florence, and he blogged about it. 619 more words

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Panzanella


Panzanella is a perfect dish for the hot weather we’ve been having, as it is refreshing, makes good use of the summer’s bounty, and the basic version doesn’t require any cooking. 657 more words

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Vongole alla Marinara (Clams in Tomato Sauce)


Vongole veraci are Italian clams and they are just so flavorful. The best thing is, they come with their own sauce (i.e. the juices they release when they are cooked) and so it takes very little effort to turn some vongole into a very tasty dish with great depth of flavor. 373 more words

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Grilled Octopus with Roasted Bell Pepper Ice Cream


Octopus cooked sous-vide and then finished on the grill is one of my favorites. Octopus and squid go well with bell peppers. It is so hot that I wanted to serve something refreshing, and so I thought: “Why not make roasted bell pepper ice cream to serve with the octopus?” I had never made roasted bell pepper ice cream before, but I made it up and it turned out very nice and a great accompaniment to the octopus. 564 more words

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