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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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Preserving Sweet Summer

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Preserving Sweet Summer

Preserving food was essential for survival where my parents come from in Calabria, Italy. This practice today is still important for many, and even remains tradition for most. Being raised by Italian parents, I was taught to embrace these traditions, especially at the end of summer. Tomato harvest meant gathering all of summer's natural bounty to jar and preserve for the cold months ahead. This was essential. It was what we did to take care of the family and to make sure no one went hungry.

As a small batch sauce company schooled by an Italian grandmother, we now understand the necessities of preserving the art of preservation. It was this tradition and Nonna's well-stocked provisions itself that inspired us to start City Saucery just three years ago. Based in NYC, we understand the limitations as a food producing company sourcing locally and regionally throughout the northeast for the freshest ingredients possible. A challenge yes, but one we are able to manage now because of our knowledge of preservation (thanks to Nonna). In our case, preserving fresh summer tomatoes sourced from local and regional organic farms.

The act of jarring fresh tomatoes speaks volumes with today's growing food culture in the USA. What better way to say "fresh and sustainable" than with fresh jarred tomatoes crafted by hand?  As a sauce company inspired by preserved foods, we have brought this idea to farmers markets before on a small scale, but are now bringing this age-old technique of preserving 'summer in a jar' to a much wider market this season. So, when the next polar vortex rolls into town (and from what I've heard, it's going to happen) be sure to open a jar of our Preserved Sweet Summer Tomatoes and let it warm you right up.

Tomato harvest meant gathering all of summer’s natural bounty to jar and preserve for the cold months ahead. This was essential.

Currently, you can find our Preserved Sweet Summer Tomatoes at our Farmers' Markets (SEE OUR MARKET SCHEDULE) and in select stores.

AVAILABLE IN OUR ONLINE SHOP


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