The Spice Merchant’s Arancini

 
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March 18th 2015By Alessandra Rovati

Arancini (“little oranges”) are one of the most beloved examples of Southern Italian “street food”. Perfect to recycle risotto leftovers, they consist of meat- or cheese-stuffed rice balls coated with breadcrumbs and deep-fried. Arancini are very similar to a specialty found in Naples and Rome, suppli’ – more elongated tomato risotto croquettes filled with mozzarella. Arancini are said to have originated in 10th century Sicily, which at the time was under Arab rule ( an experience which is still reflected in the island’s food, particularly the decadent desserts). So I thought it would be fun to combine them with another famous Sicilian dish, Caponata (now available ready made from Sabra) which, like the saffron, highlights a different influence on the Sicilian cuisine, that of Spain. Add some cumin, mint, and a the unique rich flavor of lamb, and you have a dish that is at the same time authentically Italian and reminiscent of North Africa and the Middle East. Buon appetito!

 

Summer’s Bounty: Home Grown Herbs

 
Herbed Sea Bass

July 26th 2011By Alison and Jeff Nathan

Jeff loves to enhance his dishes with home grown herbs

 

Saffron Dessert

 
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February 25th 2015By Vida Leveim

 

Herbed Sea Bass with Saffron Tomato Jus

 
 

Halva

 
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February 25th 2015By Vida Leveim