This chilly weather has me craving extra hearty dishes for dinner lately. I had some black beans lying around I had reserved for whenever I got in the mood to use them and I thought to cook up a black bean chili.
Growing up in Italy's spiciest region: Calabria I know a thing or two about spicing up dishes come meal time. That's why when I became the Sauce Boss at City Saucery, there was no doubt in my mind on which flavor we should debut first to the public.
Summertime is the best time for zucchini flowers (akafiore di zucca). This particular type of flower is also very beautiful to look at because of their vibrant orange color while the feel of the flower is like touching very delicate velvet.
Always feel the tomatoes when shopping at your local farmers market and taste them. Farmers markets usually have tastings of their produce, grocery stores don't. Tomatoes should feel heavy for their size. Make sure they're not too soft either.
Have I mentioned how much I love this time of year? The summer season brings so much to my garden that I sometimes get overwhelmed by the beauty of it all and every year's harvest seems to change a bit.
When buying fish, always check behind the gills to make sure it's red in color, never brown. Also, the eyes should be clear, never foggy and it should never smell fishy. These are sure signs of fish freshness.
We have been up to our eyeballs in tomatoes recently and are finally now coming up for air. All the hard work of preserving sweet summer tomatoes will finally pay off once the colder weather rolls around.
By just adding some olive oil and dried oregano (from our garden) into the mix gives this dish a depth of flavor that is simple and packed with garden freshness. The perfect pasta dish for the end of summer.