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Quail with Fried Pancetta and Olives from Nonna’s House by Jody Scaravella

  Tomorrow is the publication date for Nonna’s House by Jody Scaravella. Jody’s restaurant on Staten Island, Enoteca Maria, has a lovely twist. The chefs are all Italian-American grandmothers, ten of them, who rotate nightly in the Enoteca, preparing whatever inspires them that day. This book is a collection of recipes from this most talented…

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Gigi Marinated Olives

What was your first olive experience? Mine was a childhood sniff of a martini with this green thing filled with red stuff sitting in a pool of alcohol. Not a good start. And as a consequence, I’ve never been an olive fan. I will occasionally try to “reboot” olive-wise but it always leave me wincing.…

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Classic Olive Tapenade with Capers and Anchovies

Yesterday’s post, on capers, mentioned the specialty book Anchovies, Olives and Capers by Georgeanne Brennan. Those three Mediterranean ingredients all have some common characteristics: intensity of flavor, easily recognized flavor, and saltiness from their preparation. What would happen if you combined all three? Well the French asked and answered that question long ago. Here is…

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Roasted Olive Appetizers

I am not a fan of olives. I just never got into them. I love foods with a tang: capers, anchovies, and vinegars. But olives, no, I find the flavor too intense and direct. I have been told, by my olive-loving wife, that I just need to taste more. I have yet to summon the…

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