Tags » 1. Antipasti (appetizers)

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


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


Stuffed Round Zucchini

Lately round zucchini have shown up around here. After seeing Marina using them to make stuffed zucchini, I thought I’d try that too. My version is vegetarian, but I did use her idea of using coriander seed to give an interesting flavor to the stuffing. 461 more words