Swordfish steaks are a treat on the grill in the summer. The secret is not to overcook the swordfish. It should cook for 8 minutes per inch of thickness. Most steaks are about an inch thick. Alter your cooking time according to the thickness of the swordfish steak you buy. It will continue to cook in its own heat off the fire.
Arugula is mostly...Read more
Plump summer tomatoes and fresh basil give refreshing flavors to a quick minestrone soup. Add turkey sausage and the crunchy texture of pecans to make a light summer meal. This one-dish dinner can be made in 20 minutes.
Acini pepe is a very small soup pasta. Any type of leftover pasta broken into small pieces or orzo (rice-shaped pasta) can be ...Read more
Fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, olives and two-day-old bread are the basis for this Panzanella Salad. Tuscans don't waste a crust of bread. They turn it into a delightful summer salad. The old bread is rehydrated with juice from fresh tomatoes and vinaigrette. If rustic, artisan bread isn't available, toast whole grain bread until they are ...Read more
Chicken Tacos with Pinto Bean Salad
Tacos are becoming one of our favorite sandwiches. Tacos, tortillas folded in half and filled with meat and vegetables, are usually made with fried corn tortillas, though soft flour tortillas are also used. Many restaurants also serve tacos flat as an open sandwich. Either way, they make a simple dinner. I ...Read more
Tabbouleh Salad and Toasted Walnut Couscous Salad
Taste the bright sunshine and refreshing flavors of lemon juice, olive oil and fresh mint in this Middle East-inspired dinner. The Tabbouleh Salad is made with bulgur wheat sometimes called bulghur. Bulgur is wheat kernels that have been steamed, dried and crushed. One secret to a flavorful ...Read more
Ripe, sweet mangos are at the height of their season. They make a great accompaniment for pan-seared fresh tuna. Simply saute the tuna and top it with this mango salsa for a quick summer meal.
It takes a few minutes to cut a mango into cubes. Here's an easy method. Stand the mango on the thick end and cut it in half on each side sliding the ...Read more
Here is a bistro meal with a taste of France that's perfect for Bastille Day, July 14, or anytime. The mild, warm climate and bright sun in the South of France nurture and sustain the colorful array of ingredients. The sauce for the chicken uses anchovies as a base; they practically melt to nothing when sauteed, yet give the sauce a rich flavor....Read more
Dijon mustard and orange marmalade create a spicy, sweet glaze for quick-cooking boneless pork chops. The secret to speedy cooking is to buy thin-cut pork chops or cut thick ones in half horizontally to make a 1/2-inch thick chop.
Berries are in full season now. For this side dish, sweet strawberries combine with peppery arugula for a sweet and...Read more
In the Shadows of the Oaks: An Urban TaleFrank Settineri
This is a love story between Sean, Landi and Brenda, the latter who were once best friends and now are indelible enemies.
As their relationships spin out of control the surrounding urban community races out of control, besieged by the murder of a black youth by a white policeman, a ...
Make this All-American Cobb Salad, in honor of the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. Robert H. Cobb is said to have created this salad at his Los Angeles Brown Derby restaurant in 1937. It can be made ahead, and it's easy to take to a picnic or served on the patio.
The story goes that Cobb was in his restaurant, had not eaten by midnight and was...Read more
This is a one-dish quick and easy dinner. Chicken and rice made with Puerto Rican sofrito is the secret to this dish. Sofrito is a seasoning sauce used in many Spanish, Caribbean and Latin American dishes. The base for the Puerto Rican sofrito is made with green bell peppers, culantro (saw-leaf coriander, a relative of cilantro) and ajies dulces...Read more
Please dad this coming weekend with a sauteed steak flavored with olives, walnuts and capers. It's a 15-minute dinner great for any weeknight or special night. The flavors of the Mediterranean have captured the imagination of travelers for centuries. Add a glass of red wine and you can understand why it is said the wars of the area were fought ...Read more
A hint of lemon makes all the difference in this quick pizza. At several restaurants lately, my pizza was served with a topping of lettuce added after the pizza was cooked. It gave a fresh approach and flavor to the pizza. Arugula tops this pizza. Its peppery flavor adds another dimension.
Thin crust pizza bases are available in the market. It ...Read more