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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Sauteed Chicken Livers with Sage and White Wine


Marcella, you must forgive me this week. There is only one food that I know I really dislike, and that is liver. Beef liver, chicken liver, it doesn't matter. Well, except I do love foie gras. Give me tripe (I've only had it once, in Florence, Italy, and it was delicious), or oxtail, or beef tongue, but liver I just do not like.

But, I knew if there was ever a time I would like it, it would be with one of Marcella's recipes. Okay, the recipe didn't change my mind about liking liver, but if you do like chicken livers, you will love this recipe. It's very easy and quick to make.

You saute finely diced onion in a little butter until the onions are golden. You then add sage leaves and the chicken livers, and cook, turning often, until the livers are no longer that raw, red color. Then you remove them from the pan, add a little white wine, simmer for a minute then add the liver back to the pan. Season with salt and pepper, turn a couple of times, and that's eat-they're ready to eat.

I discovered that if you like liver, chicken livers are very inexpensive. 3/4 of a pound cost me less than $1.50. So I didn't feel so bad, after my 3 small bites, to put them down the garbage disposal. Well, I did save a little for my dog, who thought they were the best thing she's ever tasted.

Next week, when you read my post, you'll no longer be reading about the interesting variety meats. We will be moving on to vegetables. I can't believe all of the recipes we've made so far. We started with our first post on March 28th. We've worked our way through appetizers, soups, pasta, risotto, gnocchi, crespelle, polenta, frittate, fish and shellfish, chicken, squab, duck, and rabbit, veal, beef, lamb, pork and as you know, we're currently on variety meats. Amazing. Next up is vegetables, then we'll have salads, desserts, and focaccia, pizza, bread and other special doughs. The last recipe will be posted on June 5th. I can't wait to read about more of the wonderful recipes we're all cooking. Thank you again, Marcella, for the work you put into Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking and the comments/suggestions you've been providing us with over the past 9 months.

Comments (1)

Marcella Hazan:

Cindy darling, what a cook you are, it looks absolutely delicious. You might well say if you like chicken livers these are the chicken livers you are going to like the best.

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