joseph becci

Shrimp salad with zucchini, fennel and cherry tomatoes

Zucchini, Burst Cherry Tomatoes and Shrimp Salad

It’s summertime—gardens are bursting with tomatoes and zucchini and hot peppers! Over the last few years I have been setting up little garden beds...
Seppie con Piselli (Stewed Cuttlefish With Peas)

Seppie con Piselli (Stewed Cuttlefish With Peas)

I’m in Italy!—in the region of Marche, along the Adriatic sea—staying in the town where my grandfather grew up (he immigrated to America in 1911, at...
Fava bean soup - Zuppa alla Marchigiana

Fava Bean Soup Alla Marchigiana

Every year I plant fava beans in my garden and I ask myself, “why?!” The plants take a lot of room in the garden (though they shoot up really quickly...
Quails with fresh peas

Quails with fresh peas

Springtime is well underway here in Los Angeles! Flowers are fully in bloom mode; the few trees that lose their leaves are leafing out (most poor...
Pollo alla maceratese

Pollo alla maceratese

I’m constantly amazed at how a few ultra-fresh ingredients, simply prepared, can make such a flavorful Italian dish. Today, I picked lemons from our...
Crostata di marmellata, Jam-filled crostata, Italian food, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

Crostata di marmellata (Jam-filled crostata)

Why haven't I made this before??? Every time I've been to Italy, I've enjoyed a crostata filled with jam as part of a classic Italian breakfast...
Eggplant-Wrapped Veal Meatballs

Lunch ideas: Eggplant-Wrapped Veal Meatballs

Jo Bettoja’s cookbook—all about southern Italian cooking—was a revelation to me when it was given to me as a birthday present in 1992. Back then,...
Garganelli with sausage and fennel ragù

Garganelli with sausage and fennel ragù

I’m trying to figure out why it took me so long to make garganelli. I think it was because a cookbook I have said to make it on a clean men’s hair...
Agnolotti al Plin (“little pillows pinched”)

Agnolotti al Plin

Autumn has finally arrived according to the calendar, but you would never know it from the 90-degree weather in Los Angeles. Nevertheless, stick-to-...
Sicilian caponata

Caponata alla Siciliana Revisited

I’ve been on an eggplant kick lately. It’s summertime and eggplant are everywhere in the farmer’s markets and grocery stores. People seem to be...

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