Steak Tonight: The Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy, and A Truly Simple Meal

As I was developing this blog entry, it turned out “everyone” was dreaming on steaks: food mag covers, other food blogs, newspaper food sections, all were headlining steaks! Here’s my offering of a hearty American steak, done Italian style, with a story. It begins with an al fresco lunch at a ristorante on the Piazza della … Continue reading Steak Tonight: The Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy, and A Truly Simple Meal

Lamb Shanks Braised in Red Wine with Dried Figs and Turnips

The shank is a cut from the bottom, below the knee, of either the foreleg or the hind leg of the animal, in this case lamb. The hind leg shanks are larger and meatier compared to the leaner, lighter forelegs. There’s little taste or texture difference between the two except for a slightly more delicate nuance with the … Continue reading Lamb Shanks Braised in Red Wine with Dried Figs and Turnips

Grilled Lamb and Almond Meatballs with Olive, Tomato, and Parsley Vinaigrette

Around the world, meatballs are a cook’s home way with sausage making, not much fuss to put together and no casing required. In particular, lamb meatballs spiked with one kind of nut or another–walnuts, pine nuts, or almonds–are masterful fare found in various renditions throughout the Mediterranean. With their delicate yet hearty taste, small balls … Continue reading Grilled Lamb and Almond Meatballs with Olive, Tomato, and Parsley Vinaigrette

Crepinettes

Crepinettes are sausage patties wrapped in caul fat. Their name is derived from the French word for caul, crepine, hence crepinettes, or little caul packets. They’re an old-fashioned, easy and fun way to craft homemade sausages for a casual get together, especially good in summer when it’s likely to be grilling weather. The only trick to making … Continue reading Crepinettes