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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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