About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Broccoli and Anchovy Sauce


In previous posts I’ve sung their praises, so you already know how I feel about anchovies. Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables. Put those two ingredients together with chili pepper for heat and the richness of the cheeses and you have a sauce that becomes a classic example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.


I didn’t over cook my pasta, but it behaved as if I had. Although it was still al dente, the orecchiette fell apart. I’m wondering if it may be the brand I bought. Fortunately the taste didn’t suffer, just the appearance.


The slightly fizzy Vinho Verde from Portugual is the “soda pop” of white wines. Light and inexpensive (actually cheap), it’s not a wine for serious drinking. It’s a wine for a warm summer night and a pasta dish like Broccoli and Anchovy.


Comments (3)

What a shame about the pasta. There was a reliable brand that we used for a long time, and then suddenly, it behaved in the same way as yours. Thinking it was a fluke, we tried several more times and then we just stopped buying it.

What a delicious sauce though!


I must go look up this recipe (and Sorry Marcella, lighten it a bit). I love, love, love anchovies!

Marcella Hazan:

Oh, Deborah, orecchiette pasta needs to be the real thing, made of real, tough durum wheat flour and dried very slowly. Whole Foods' pasta is okay, but not great, for penne, but for orecchiette look for Benedetto Cavalieri or Cocco.

Victor says, if you really have to have a white wine with it, a gewurztraminer from Alsace might give you great pleasure.

Kim? What do you want me to lighten?

Deborah responds:

Thanks, Marcella, for the pasta brand suggestions. I'm relieved to hear that you also think it was a problem with the brand I used.
Tell Victor that I love gerwurztraminer. I bring some home with me from Paso Robles every year.

Kim wasn't asking you to lighten anything, she was apologizing in advance to you for her plan to lighten up the calorie count in the recipe.

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