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Enough Protein Already!

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Enough Protein Already!

I've been asked to send some "easier" recipes lately and not because you don't like what I've been emailing you every week, but because an easy meal to cook up is always appreciated. I gotcha! Pasta Cabonara with spicy Tomato 'Nduja it is! This is about as easy as it gets for a delicious weeknight (and quick) meal at home folks. Pasta Carbonara uses guanciale or pancetta but you can totally use bacon if you can't find the other two. Trust me, it works, I've tried it myself and...YUM!  It also either uses spaghetti or bucatini. I prefer spaghetti because I find bucatini to be slippery and messy. No thanks! My parents could never get me to eat bucatini without a frown.

The twist with this recipe is using our spicy Tomato 'Nduja for that extra umami and salami quality to an already protein-rich dish. Tomato 'Nduja pairs beautifully with pasta carbonara as with so many other dishes. It truly is an 'everything sauce.' I wrote down 2 tablespoons of spicy Tomato 'Nduja, but you can totally add 4 tablespoons instead + extra for serving (I always add more since I do prefer it spicy myself).

Pick up your very own spicy Tomato 'Nduja as well as our NEW sauces (see list below) Wednesday and Saturday this week at Union Square Greenmarket. We will not be attending Friday's market. 

Buon appetito! 

If you have a recipe using any of our products and would like to share, please send it to us. We love hearing from customers who use our products for ANY dish they cook up at home. Also, we'd love to feature you and your recipes on our website (with your permission of course).


Check out our farmers market calendar for dates. 

See you Wednesday and Saturday this week at Union Square Greenmarket.

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Don't Forget the Milk Pete!

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Don't Forget the Milk Pete!

Chickpeas are about as old as time in many Mediterranean cultures. Older than tomatoes actually. In fact, at the Metropolitan Museum, there's a framed papyrus letter from Heraclides to his brother Petechois containing a farmers market shopping list to pick up lupines, kidney beans, fenugreek and, low and behold, chickpeas! 

In Calabria and Sicily, you'll find chickpeas and chickpea flour being used with many dishes. Especially with pasta, yum! So naturally, the combination of hummus (a creamy chickpea condiment) and our spicy Tomato 'Nduja (a meatless salami spread inspired by the Mediterranean) just made total sense as a quick and easy side dish for any night at home or as a delicious dip for your next dinner party with bread, chips and cheese. Chickpeas, like tomatoes, are incredibly versatile which is why this combo works very well together. Mix it up this week and let me know your thoughts. We don't call our Tomato 'Nduja an 'everything sauce' for nothing. It literally goes with everything!      


Pick up your very own spicy vegan Tomato 'Nduja as well as our NEW sauces (see list below) Wednesday, Friday or Saturday at Union Square Greenmarket this week.

Buon appetito! 

If you have a recipe using any of our products and would like to share, please send it to us. We love hearing from customers who use our products for ANY dish they cook up at home. Also, we'd love to feature you and your recipes on our website (with your permission of course).

Check out our farmers market calendar for dates. 

See you WednesdayFriday and Saturday later this week at Union Square Greenmarket.

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All hail Reggina! And I don’t mean the queen.

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All hail Reggina! And I don’t mean the queen.

This week's recipe is inspired by Reggio Calabria. My family's section on the Italian boot that looks straight across the narrow strip of sea known as the Strait of Messina to Sicily. (Fun fact: it's also where the origin of the idiom 'having to choose between two evils' comes from. In Homer's Odyssey, Odysseus must pass between Charybdis (Sicily), a treacherous whirlpool, and Scylla (Calabria), a horrid man-eating, cliff-dwelling monster.) This is the same ancient part I'm in the process of organizing a delicious and adventurous culinary tour of in late September. Are you intrigued? Have you signed up for our Taste Calabria updates yet? Do it today. 

Calabrians are very dramatic in the kitchen which is why their dishes are spicy and sharp and delicious. So, when I came across today's recipe; I had to adapt it to both our Ugly Sauce and spicy Tomato 'Nduja. Nutmeg and red onion are two staple ingredients in the Calabrian kitchen that you don't hear about too often here in the States. You'll see why once you cook this delish pasta dish up. SO SO GOOD! 

Pick up your Ugly Sauces and Tomato 'Nduja as well as our NEW sauces (see below) Wednesday,Friday or Saturday at Union Square Greenmarket this week.

Buon appetito! 

If you have a recipe using any of our products and would like to share, please send it to us. We love hearing from customers who use our products for ANY dish they cook up at home. Also, we'd love to feature you and your recipes on our website (with your permission of course).

Check out our farmers market calendar for dates.

See you Wednesday, Friday and Saturday later this week at Union Square Greenmarket.

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Easy Peasy Beans.

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Easy Peasy Beans.

This week's recipe is a REALLY quick and VERY delicious dish using hearty cannellini beans cooked in our Spicy Ugly Sauce along with some fresh sage. This recipe is so easy to cook up guys, like 5 minutes quick. NO JOKE!

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Parm and Pasta in the USA!

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Parm and Pasta in the USA!

This week's recipe is a combination of two delicious dishes: Chicken Parm and Gnocchi pasta. We combined the two using our Spicy Ugly Sauce and Tomato 'Nduja because, why not? The combination of pasta, chicken, ooey-gooey cheeses and our FRESH tomato sauces all baked together create the ultimate in flavor and comfort. 

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Sicily's Tomato Pie.

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Sicily's Tomato Pie.

Sfincione is a thick Sicilian pizza, or more precisely a focaccia bread, topped with tomatoes, onions, anchovies and grated cheese, seasoned with wild oregano. Outside Italy, "Sicilian pizza" is used to describe all kinds of things, but until the 19th century, Sfincione (loosely translated as "thick sponge") was the kind of pizza usually consumed on the streets of western Sicily.

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Tunisian and Moroccan Style Meatballs

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Tunisian and Moroccan Style Meatballs

Are you familiar with North African meatballs at all? Apparently, they're a thing and I'm in love! This particular lamb meatball recipe called to me because of the ingredients used in Tunisia and Morocco (also two countries that use a helluva lot of tomatoes). 

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It's Soup Season, Folks. Drink Up!

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It's Soup Season, Folks. Drink Up!

Tis the season to eat a helluva alotta soups guys and I'm OK with it. I used to not care for soups much as a kid, but as I've matured (in both age and palette), I've come to appreciate the versatility and practicality of soups in general. 

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Tomato 'Nduja aka Everything Sauce

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Tomato 'Nduja aka Everything Sauce

Most of you are well aware of our spicy vegan Tomato 'Nduja by now. You've either picked it up at our Greenmarket stands, our online shop or your local specialty food store BUT did most of you know that you can (and should be) using this amazing condiment my mom created on EVERYTHING?

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OMG, It Even Looks Greek.

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OMG, It Even Looks Greek.

In my understanding, a pastitsio should hold together more or less- like a lasagna. Using bucatini, the noodles themselves create a perfect, tangled nest. Baked and rested, you can cut into the pastitsio and the slices will hold together because of the chaos of those long strands. 

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Have You Ever made a Sartù ? 

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Have You Ever made a Sartù ? 

many rich and savory dishes require baking like the Sartù di Riso al Ragú (Neapolitan Rice Timbale)Sartù is the Italianized version of the French word sur tout meaning 'above all' a reference to the rice that covers the rich and delicious stuffing. 

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