Italian, Greek and other Mediterranean Recipes

Stracciatella alla Romana: Italian egg drop soup

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Egg drop soup is something I’ve always associated with Chinese cuisine and, until a few days ago, I had no idea that egg drop soup exists in many other culinary cultures. The Indian egg drop soup has tomatoes, the Greek version, called avgolemono, has fresh lemon juice, there is a Spanish egg drop soup called puchero (in the Philippines and many South American countries, puchero is a stew) and there is the Italian stracciatella alla romana or stracciatella for short. »

Peperonata con tofu

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Italy meets China in a vegetarian dish. Sam loves bell peppers so I cooked one of the most well-loved Italian vegetable stews for her. Peperonata is a dish of stewed peppers and it is often served accompanied by rustic bread. Soft vegetables, crisp … »

Hummus with tahini

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Hummus is chickpeas in Arabic. Hummus with tahini is a dip or spread made with chickpea puree, tahini (sesame seed paste), lemon juice and salt, and may or may not include garlic. It is served cold traditionally with pita.When and where exactly … »

Homemade tahini (sesame seed paste)

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Sam's journey toward vegetarianism has been a huge challenge for me as a cook. I'm learning about new ingredients and new ways to prepare ingredients I've tended to ignore in the past, I'm learning to cook dishes that I've always filed away under … »

Spinach, bacon and cheese frittata

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There is an Italian chef who guested on The Chew, I can't remember his name but I can't forget something he said. "Everything sounds sexier in Italian." In the case of the frittata, I agree. You say frittata and it's almost like a caress. But as … »