Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska

Leftovers: I Love Them, You Should Too; or Don’t Throw Away Your Pie Dough

Melitzanosalata (Eggplant and Red Pepper Spread)

Some time ago we went to a friend’s house for a wonderful, well-cooked meal. I helped her clean up afterwards, and asked where she kept her storage containers so I could stick the leftovers in the refrigerator. She laughed, and said, “Just throw it in the garbage; I don’t bother ...

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Cookbook: Pork with Celery-Lemon Sauce (Hirino me Selino kai Lemoni)

Pork Celery Lemon Stew

Pork with Celery-Lemon Sauce is a popular Greek stew with countless variations, but it’s a tricky recipe to get right. Too often the sauce overwhelms the pork, or goes in the opposite direction and vanishes into blandness. Some recipes taste good, but because the sauce is thick, gloppy, and pale, ...

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National Dish of Sicily: Pasta with Sardines and Fennel

Sicilian Pasta with Sardines and Fennel

 

After returning from language school in Taormina, Sicily, my sister continued to crave Sicilian food. She discovered a recipe for Sicilian Pasta with Sardines that was so good she ate it for dinner, and then for breakfast and lunch the next day.

Pasta with Sardines is one of Sicily’s classic dishes, ...

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The Best Kale for Soup: Lacinato aka Tuscan aka Dinosaur Kale

Kale

Today I woke up without a voice. My throat hurts. I feel a cold coming on. Winter virus season has arrived.

My mother-in-law hung up on me when my squeaky pseudo-voice led her to believe she had the wrong number. I wanted to disabuse her of this notion, but I couldn’t ...

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Kitchen Creativity: How to Use Fresh Figs

Fig Cookie and Coffee

When I have insomnia, a not infrequent occurrence, I lie in bed cataloging the contents of my refrigerator. I plan and replan how I can use the available food. I’m the queen of leftovers; my midnight musings often result in new creations. Leftovers are building blocks I can use to ...

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Hard-to-Find Dried Okra Worth Seeking Out

Hard-to-Find Dried Okra Worth Seeking Out

My best vacations involve ferreting out local food markets, from tiny one-room shops to outdoor city blocks sprawling with food vendors. My mind happily races with recipe ideas when I gaze upon abundant spices, regional cheeses, glistening seafood, and seasonally fresh fruits and vegetables.

I’m addicted to unusual ingredients. If an ...

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