You have to forget everything you know about current tends in nutrition to enjoy this potato salad. Let it all go and get into a mid century mindset. Think 1952, the Fourth of July company picnic. Fatty mayo, eggs, bacon, ranch dressing, it's all there, fully loaded. But mmm mmm mmm, it's good. And once in a great while, it's not going to kill you.Read More
Farro and Ceci Salad
Farro (fah-row) is an ancient wheat grain that is in the spelt family. Well, the family is complicated. According to Wikipedia, "Einkorn (Triticum monococcum), emmer (Triticum dicoccum), and spelt (Triticum spelta) are called farro in Italy, sometimes (but not always) distinguished as farro medio, farro grande, and farro piccolo, respectively."
Ceci, (chee-chee), is equally confusing. Although they're called Ceci beans in Italy, they are commonly know as garbanzo beans, and on the East Coast where I grew up, they're called chickpeas. Whatever you call them, we can all agree that they are an amazing food. Besides the buttery, nutty flavor, and satisfying bite, they are packed with nutritional benefits. Read about that here on The World's Healthiest Foods. According to this website, "Unlike canned vegetables, which have lost much of their nutritional value, canning does less damage to many of the key nutrients found in garbanzo beans." So, woohoo! No soaking overnight and cooking. Canned it is!Read More
A cucuzza, or gagootz, is either a really big Italian squash, or a derogatory term for a really big Italian goofball. So searching for one to stuff was somewhat of a private joke, Well, not so private anymore, is it?
Usually, at Summer's end, in every garden there's that last zucchini, hanging on the vine, soaking up the last of the sun's rays, growing fat and happy. I wanted that one.
My search ended at the Temescal Farmers Market on Sunday. My gagootz was there waiting for me. It wasn't as large as I'd hoped for, but at 12" was big enough to satisfy myself and my hubby as a side dish. (Why is this sounding erotic?) I escorted my bella home singing this song:Read More