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  • Passover Favorites [Recipes]

    By Elana Horwich

    2 weeks ago

    Look no further. All the recipes you need for Passover.

    The Best Brisket Ever. with potatoes It really is the best brisket ever. Cooked in red wine and tomatoes with rosemary, it tastes like Italy but feels like Shabbat. Start a day in advance. And read the spiel of the recipe…it...

  • Little Italian Potato Sticks with Rosemary and Thyme [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    3 weeks ago

    These are kind of like french fries except one, they aren’t fried, and two, I am choosing not to give the French credit for them. There is no political or historical reasoning behind that decision.

    This is not because only a generation and a half ago, basically after two...

  • The Real Way To Make Tomato Bruschetta [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    January 29, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Tomato bruschetta, like all Italian staples, comes along with a set of rules. Unfortunately many of these rules are broken regularly even in top establishments. I am going to set it straight. Right here. Right now.

    1. Bruschetta is pronounced broo-SKETTA, not broo-SHETTA.

    2....

  • Pollo alla Cacciatora - The Hunter’s Wife’s Chicken [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    January 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

    For years I was misled about the true meaning of the names of famous Italian dishes such as pollo alla cacciatora, penne all'arrabbiata, cotolette alla milanesa. But truth be told, what seems to be the correct etymological reasoning behind these titles is entirely boring. I am much...

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  • How To Stuff Your Face and Stay Thin Over the Holidays

    By Elana Horwich

    December 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Eat only celery! Just kidding. Like that’s an option. People who give that kind of advice clearly could never be good in bed.

    We warm-blooded people are all going to eat a lot…as this is a time to relax, be with loved ones and stuff our happy faces.

    I often talk about how food...

  • Vegan Seize-Her Salad [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    October 30, 2013 | 9:00 am

    All Hail Seize-Her!

    All Hail the unique mystery and power of women that will be passionately seized by this yummy salad.

    All Hail the unique desire of women to crunch and crunch and crunch when we eat.

    All Hail the other unique desire of women to find foods that we can crunch...

  • How To Make The Best Quinoa In Town

    By Elana Horwich

    October 9, 2013 | 9:00 am

    The Basics of Quinoa

    I make the best quinoa in town, and considering I live in the capital of quinoa, Los Angeles, this is quite an accomplishment

    My tricks are:

    1. Make your life easy and buy a rice cooker. (buy here)
    2. Dress the quinoa while it is hot and serve it while...
  • The Shores of Capperi Potato Salad [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    September 25, 2013 | 9:00 am

    I am genuinely amazed that despite the revolutionary strides our country has made in the last century in both civil rights law and handheld technology, a dull-colored, gelatinous bowl of mayonnaise-covered chunks is still our national potato salad. This blatant culinary depravity...

  • Maria’s Vin Santo Chicken Liver Crostini [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    September 9, 2013 | 9:00 am

    As a kid, I absolutely loved chopped liver until I understood that chopped liver was actually chopped liver. I would no longer touch it. It broke my grandmother’s heart.

    Now, it’s a different story. Mmmm (hear the foodgasm rolling through my lips), I love chicken liver. Why?...

  • Sfratti: An Italian-Jewish Rosh Hashanah Dessert from “Little Jerusalem” in Tuscany [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    August 30, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Welcome to Pitigliano. An enclave of a Tuscan town, it was built up on a hill, like the rest of them, as protection not only from medieval warlords, but also from medieval malaria. Mosquitoes don’t like altitude as much as they like moisture, and hence the peasants who tended to...

  • Heirloom Caprese Salad [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    August 7, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Everyone and their mother thinks they know how to make a caprese salad but they do not. The irony is a caprese salad is so simple that it seems impossible that it is not always made correctly and well. First and foremost, I would like to let the world know that a caprese does not...

  • Rustic Whole Grain Cherry Tomato Bruschetta [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    June 26, 2013 | 9:30 am

    Italians would never make bruschetta on whole grain bread. Believe it or not, it’s not even easy to find good whole grain bread in Italy. But come on, no matter how good a fresh, crusty, country loaf of ciabatta might be, white flour is just not that good for us. (Don’t tell my...

  • Chef Jeff Salad [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    June 12, 2013 | 9:00 am

    This salad is named after world class chef Jeff Thickman of Florence, Italy. He is a family friend and was in town this week. I invited him, his partner Igor and friend Lissy down to Santa Monica and was planning on treating them to Shutter’s for lunch and a view. Last minute they...

  • Popcorn Cauliflower [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    June 10, 2013 | 9:00 am

    There’s not much to spiel about here except that when I was researching online to find out what temperature other cooks used to roast cauliflower, to my dismay I found that most put too much “stuff” in their recipes. Cauliflower already has a unique flavor and, when roasted, the...

  • Simple Couscous with Quickest Homemade Broth [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    June 5, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Chances are if you are serving couscous, you are making something else that has onions in it. Well, save those onion peels...the outer layer and the skins. They have great flavor. Scrounge up some celery, a carrot, something green like a bay leaf or a piece of parsley and you'll...

  • Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Prunes [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    June 3, 2013 | 9:00 am

    My definition of good food is that it makes you want to roll around on the floor shouting mammmmmmmma! This dish will make you want to roll around on the floor and shout grannnndmaaaaaaaaa! But this is NOT that bland and boiled grandma meal made from food that is two steps away...

  • Rosemary Spiked Cannellini Crostini [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    May 27, 2013 | 8:59 am

    I became an expert at making this dish in my first years in Rome when my pocketbook was nearly always empty (no complaints on my side, I was a bartender thousands of miles away from the traditional life everybody expected of me and couldn’t have been happier) and when my curiosity...

  • Spaghetti Al Cavolo Nero (Spaghetti with Black Kale) [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    May 20, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Though kale is more commonly known as a staple of the California vegan hippy diet, the darker, flat leaf variety is actually a favorite ingredient unique to Tuscan cooking. If used properly, it will transport you to the rolling countryside of Siena, as this recipe does. However,...

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