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Beet Agnolotti with Ricotta Salata

Beet Agnolotti with Ricotta Salata

Growing up, beets out of a can never sold me on this oddly colored vegetable. But today, fresh beets in all colors and sizes are everywhere. You can...
Pollo in potacchio con patate

Cooking Le Marche Style: Pollo in Potacchio

Finally home from an unforgettable six weeks in Scapezzano—the small town in the Marche region of Italy where my grandfather grew up before...
Polenta with vongole

Le Marche: Polenta con le vongole

Le Marche—the region of Italy on the Adriatic Coast east of Umbria—remains largely unknown to most Americans. Europeans and South Americans know...
Arrosto d’Urbino

Arrosto d’Urbino

Marche is an underrated region of Italy; not as famous as Tuscany or Umbria, but just as beautiful, historic, and fascinating as anyplace in this...
Brodetto alla senigalliese

Brodetto alla senigalliese

The Marche region of Italy is blessed with 180 km of fertile coastline, so the seafood available is deeply ingrained into Marche’s food culture. In a...
Stuffed zucchini Marche style

Zucchine ripiene all marchigiana (Stuffed zucchini Marche style)

This is a very special recipe for me. In 1993, I visited my relatives near Senigallia, Italy for the first time. Lena, my dad’s cousin Fulvio Becci’s...
One common dish shared by most regions, with regional variations, is the octopus salad

Drunken Octopus Salad – Wine-braised octopus with kale and potatoes)

Octopus is finally available again in seafood stores in Southern California. In Italy, being able to buy freshly fished octopus is nearly a...
Cozze alla marchigiana. This simple and fast dish is unusual in its use of saffron

Cozze alla Marchigiana

I was in the Pacific Northwest recently visiting family and as usual, I was amazed at the abundance of fresh local seafood available in the local...
Stuffed squid Marchigiana style are  great as an appetizer or on a bed of greens to make a salad

Calamari Ripieni alla Marchigiana - Stuffed Squid Marchigiana Style

While we were in Marche, Italy this spring, we had stuffed calamari prepared by my cousin’s wife, Maria, several times. These beautiful squid from...
 Herb and Garlic Grilled Eggplant (Melanzane alla Graticola)

Celebrating summer vegetables – Emilia-Romagna style!

The farmer’s markets in Los Angeles are finally filling up with summer vegetables. Summer squash of all shapes and colors, Italian and Japanese...

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