Olives

Oct 14

Tip-top Tapenade

Though tapenade is best know as a dish from Provence, France, there exists very similar olive pastes throughout the Mediterranean. The word ‘tapenade’ hides a history in one of its ingredients, capers. In Provence, the caper plant is called ‘tapenei’, and capers used to be stored in vessels filled with olive oil. The capers were …

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Oct 12

Save Money and Marinate your own Olives

The mountains of glistening olives that you see in supermarket deli bars sure look tempting and they are hard to resist, but they can make quite a dent in your wallet. With a couple of ingredients, you can make your own at home, for a fraction of the cost and enjoy this little treat more …

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Oct 04

Caponata alla Siciliana – Sicilian Eggplant Cooked Salad

I’m a sucker for a bargain. The other day small fresh eggplants (aubergine) were on sale, and I had to buy as many as I could fit into a plastic bag, and then worry about what I was going to do with them later. I love the spontaneity of having not having a meal plan …

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Mar 09

Rosa’s Pizza Ristorante Italiano (Katy, TX) – The Real Deal

Houston, TX and the surrounding area has a long history of great foods; barbeque, Tex-Mex, seafood and even Cajun cooking.For a metropolitan area of 4+ million people there is a definite shortage of good pizza joints. For those that live on the east coast you have no idea how good you have it with a …

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Feb 27

Pasta alla Puttanesca – Retherfordroni Style

I wonder at times if all the potential combinations of ingredients have been tried at one time or another and then in turn available for viewing on the internet? Likewise, how many possible combinations of pasta sauces are there using traditional Mediterranean ingredients? A few years ago when rummaging through the pantry and refrigerator, I …

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