I know what you are thinking…again with the peaches! The season is so short, who can resist when your favorite market stocks the most luscious blush peaches. Summer in Northern California has been hot and uncharacteristically humid – we want dessert but not too much fussing. White Peaches Stuffed with Sheep Milk Ricotta is exactly what I was looking for….
Archives for July 2015
White Peach & Arugula Salad – Insalata di Pesca Bianca e Rucola
White peaches are piled high in all of the markets right now and I plan to use them every way possible in the coming weeks (say tuned). There are an endless variety of summer salad recipes which feature peaches; some add cheese or pancetta, others grill the peaches, and a few use a rich balsamic vinaigrette. White Peach & Arugula Salad harmoniously brings together peppery wild arugula and the floral sweetness of white peaches – a match made in heaven….
Grilled Tuna with Herb Gremolata – Tonno alla Griglia con Erbe Gremolata
Tuna steaks are the oceans answer to a meaty style fish, substantial enough to satisfy the most discerning porterhouse or rib eye enthusiast; a cut of fish you can really sink you teeth into. There are endless possibilities for a thickly cut fresh tuna steak but this simple preparation for Grilled Tuna with Herb Gremolata can not be beat. A high quality piece of tuna, freshly sliced from a respected fish monger with a combination of garden herbs, lemon peel and garlic make Grilled Tuna with Gremolata an effortless summer entree.
Cafe Shakerato surely evolved to satisfy those Italians who simply could not survive without their espresso, yet somehow the blistery summer days seemed to call for something a bit more refreshing. Some years ago in Tropea, Mia Sorella and I were deeply immersed in one of our favorite sibling bonding activities – shopping; we were madly searching for some locally produced ceramic tiles to incorporate into a project at home. The shops had just rolled up their windows and it was sweltering; our stamina would surly be affected by the oppressive heat. The astute shop owner of a tiny ceramic studio understood that these conditions would certainly affect our ability to supplement the local economy, so he discretely sent his young son off on a little errand. Allora, after some minutes the boy appeared with two icy cold coffee drinks, and that was our introduction to Cafe Shakerato.