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Recipe: Marinated Roasted Red Peppers

Red bell peppers have been showing up at more reasonable prices recently. Which is great, because marinated roasted red peppers are one of the supreme tasty and healthy pleasures of life on earth. If you haven’t made these at home, … Continue reading

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Recipe: Giardinara (Mixed Pickled Vegetables)

Here is a simple Giardinara recipe that uses no oil or sugar so the fresh flavor of the vegetables comes through. Feel free to vary based on what’s on sale/looks good/is on hand. Makes 3 quarts. Ingredients: 1 medium head … Continue reading

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Recipe: Utica Greens

Utica Greens, named after that central New York city, are the traditional accompaniment to Chicken Riggies. They are also nice with grilled steak or chicken, or maybe as a topping on an eggplant parm sandwich. Note that my version is … Continue reading

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Recipe: Sautéed Spinach

There are two keys to successful sautéed spinach: wash the hell out of the raw leaves, and then cook the leaves with no additional water after washing. This will eliminate the fails that affect most spinach preps. Serves 4 as … Continue reading

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Recipe: Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Along with Sautéed Spinach, Garlic Mashed Potatoes are the classic accompaniment to Pork Chops with Vinegar Peppers. Serves 4. Ingredient: 1 lb potatoes (new, Yukon Gold or white, but not russets), peeled 4 cloves garlic, raw or roasted*, peeled and … Continue reading

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Recipe: Pork Chops with Vinegar Peppers

This Italian-American classic apparently appeared on The Sopranos, but I first encountered it at Danny’s Mio Posto, a high-end place in Saratoga Springs, NY favored by the toffs who frequent the Race Course. Allow 1 pork chop (about 3/4 lb) … Continue reading

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Recipe: Vinegar Peppers

An essential component of Chicken Riggies and (obviously) Pork Chops with Vinegar Peppers, these couldn’t be easier to make. Your home prep won’t be exactly the same as Casa Visco or other Italian-American brands, but it’s definitely close enough to … Continue reading

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Recipe: Utica-Style Chicken Riggies

There are a lot of renditions of Chicken Riggies on the internet, but this is the real deal. I know because I brought home an order from the Chesterfield Restaurant, where Mike Schultz claims he put this Italian-American classic on the … Continue reading

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The Italian Trade Commission comes to Price Chopper, and that’s a good thing

Why are Italian delis filled with shelves of enticing jarred and canned foods, but not American or Jewish delis? Why is your supermarket stocked with box after box of Italian pasta in shapes you could never imagine? Because the Italians, … Continue reading

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Recipe: Panzanella (Italian Bread Salad)

This is a good way to use up over-ripe late season tomatoes, stale sourdough bread and whatever else you might have on hand. Serves 6. Ingredients (basic): 1 lb or so stale sourdough bread, Italian or other sturdy white loaf … Continue reading

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