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Swordfish Involtini

We discovered a restaurant that served the swordfish involtini (rolled and stuffed) on a side street in Taormina,Sicily. This was in 1980, in the days before the internet top ten suggestions. We found the restaurant by chance, looking at the menu and asking our hotel for suggestions. I don’t remember what I ordered that night.Continue reading “Swordfish Involtini”

Not Baaaaad

Not Baaaaaad A Lamb Recipe from a recipe mentioned in Voice of the Violin ­­ Do you like soft music while you eat? Agnello (Lamb) alla cacciatore is the recipe I’ve chosen from the several dishes mentioned in Voice of the Violin. Montalbano eats this masterpiece at a little osteria not far from his homeContinue reading “Not Baaaaad”

April 24

So, the blog did not publish on April 17 in spite of my best efforts with scheduling. I’m finally back at home, having driven home on April 21. We spent a wonderful three weeks with our daughter, helping her move–family is what it is all about. I re-read book three in Montalbano series, and theContinue reading “April 24”

Here We Are Again

This post accidentally posted on March 28–trying to remove it.. but posting again for April 11 Blog Post for April 11 How do you Eat in Italy. Montalbano is a study in Italian eating habits—he frequents a wide variety of places—you, as a person without your private Adelina to cook for you , will exploreContinue reading “Here We Are Again”

Sardines–Tasty

Blog Post for April 4 Today is a double good post day! I am guesting on the Kings River Life blog today with tips on keeping your food safe. Certainly Adelina follows good safety practices when cooking for our friend Montalbano. Today I am offering another dish from Terra Cotta Dog—and it probably appears inContinue reading “Sardines–Tasty”

Broccoli, You will Love It

Blog  Post on March 28 Broccoli—You’ll love it If you are not Italian, you might think of pasta only with a red sauce or a white. Perhaps you know about pesto (a Ligurian green sauce featuring basil, parsley and pignoli nuts). However, pasta pairs up quite well with many, many vegetables. In the Terra CottaContinue reading “Broccoli, You will Love It”

Broccoli-You’ll Love it!

March 28 If you are not Italian, you might think of pasta only with a red sauce or a white. Perhaps you know about pesto (a Ligurian green sauce featuring basil, parsley and pignoli nuts). However, pasta pairs up quite well with many, many vegetables. In the Terra Cotta Dog, Montalbano enjoys the combo below.Continue reading “Broccoli-You’ll Love it!”

Bar Food and Cookies

It’s time now to consider at least some of the wonderful foods mentioned in book two, The Terracotta Dog. This remains one of my favorites in the series. Certainly for foodies among us, it is a gem as well–mentioning local specialties of a variety of types. Today I am considering bar food and snacks mentionedContinue reading “Bar Food and Cookies”

The beginning

In the first book of the series, The Shape of Water, we learn that Montalbano’s housekeeper, Adelina, is the mother of an offender who Montalbano “put away.” One of the things she prepares for Montalbano is a dish of boiled shrimp. Do you have access to fresh shrimp? Good fresh ingredients are a staple ofContinue reading “The beginning”


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