Spear Your Meat, But Don’t Spare Your Veggies: Shashlik

When you think of meat on skewers, you probably visualize this: Or, perhaps, if you are even slightly familiar with Georgian cuisine (a country, not a state), this: And you will be on the right track: regardless of countless variations of it, shishkebab definitely has a long military history. I couldn’t help but share with…

Seasoned Veterans and Young Chicken

To all veterans: Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service! To all Marines: Happy Marine Birthday! This post is dedicated to Jennifer, a beautiful lady with a huge heart, originally from Jamaica, and a retired Marine. When I ran the school, Jennifer was my right hand, my left hand, and most of the…

Counting Beans to Bake Falafels

How many lentils are in a bowl of lentil soup? Don’t start laughing yet, Beautiful People; this was an earnest question posed to my husband by his nutritionist. Well, how does he know? He eats what I put in front of him, and sometimes snacks on what he finds in the refrigerator, which is what…

You Should’ve Eaten Your Veggies, Your Majesty! Tunisian Couscous.

King Louis IX of France, better known as Saint Louis, went crusading. He didn’t plan to liberate the Holy Land and retake Jerusalem, as crusades were purported to accomplish; oh no! His Majesty had much more ambitious aspirations: To conquer the entire infidel world, rather than marching on Jerusalem, he led the seventh crusade to…

Preserving Jews and All Sorts of Fish: Escabeche

An innovative and highly profitable method of borrowing money was practiced by King Edward I of England: you borrow from the Jews, as there is no one else to borrow from (usury was forbidden by the church), then, since legally all Jews are the King’s property, all debts payable to them instantly become payable to…

The Diva pasta … pasta alla Norma

Originally posted on My Home Food That's Amore:
Pasta alla Norma comes from Sicily and, in particular, from Catania.  Rumours still abide that it was the Sicilian writer, publisher, journalist and producer of theatrical works, Nino Martoglio, who came up with ‘title’ for this pasta sauce, comparing it to the sublime of Vincenzo Bellini’s…

Bugs Bunny Braised Carrots

Originally posted on Frascati Cooking That's Amore:
Bugs Bunny comes to mind because this naughty little cartoon film protagonist loves his carrots, only he eats his raw and mine were braised.  I like carrots both raw and cooked – so old school, so old fashioned, so ‘ordinaire’, what’s to gush about – and yet…

Stuffed Peppers – Where Is the Beef?

You think veganism is a recent trend? Think again! You think feminism was invented in the twentieth century? Missed it by about 2400 years! Meet Orpheus, mythical Ancient Greek poet and musician, a hero of one of the best-known love stories of all times (if you are wondering about the black hole behind his lire,…

Ratatouille Rosettes

Visualize two legendary gourmands, the Roman Emperor Caligula and the French King Henri IV, having a heated argument across the span of sixteen centuries. Now imagine a little rat called Remy who loves cooking up a storm and inventing new dishes. Finally, picture a winged Greek goddess Nike (that’s a name, not Michael Jordan’s sneakers!)…

The World Is Macaroni: Pasta Fagioli

Marco Polo went to China. It was a very long way from Venice, and the sailors who were part of his expedition, sick of sea rations, craved homemade food. One of them, while on a shore leave, met a beautiful girl who was making noodles. History is not clear whether he had fallen in love…

Fish Rollatini

My granddaughter has informed me that she adores Catherine de Medici. Arguing with teenagers is the most futile endeavor in the world, but I couldn’t stop myself from casually dropping, “She was a mass murderess, you know. How do you feel about The Night of St Bartholomew?”  That was ignored, I as had expected. I…