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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Fried Broccoli Florets

Simple and tasty fried tidbits with healthy broccoli as the center.
A total “win/win.”

We actually used these as a little antipasto with some wine while I made the rest of the dinner and they were perfect.

The recipe is very straightforward. The florets are blanched,


cooled, dipped in egg and breaded with fine dry breadcrumbs. I actually used Progresso (unflavored, of course) because the fresh ones I tried to make weren’t fine enough.


They are fried in very hot vegetable oil.


I added a generous sprinkling of kosher salt and served them right away.


Comments (6)

Gloria Espinoza:

My mom always made this dish with cauliflower when I was growing up.


I made these as an appetizer last night and WOW. Simple and yummy. This is going to be a staple in the nosh department.

I'm sorry your homemade bread crumbs didn't work out, but they still look like golden nuggets of deliciousness!

I appreciate the way you did not overcrowd the pan, great job!

Interesting - I remember a horrid pub food from the 90s - broccoli enrobbed in 'cheddar', breaded, and fried. This seems far more interesting (and somewhat similar to te fried fennel I'm going to report on in a few weeks).

Marcella Hazan:

Beautiful photography, Jan. For the bread crumbs, i sift them through a large strainer with a fine mesh.

Don't feel bad about the bread crumbs, Jan. Making my own breadcrumbs is a job I'm not at all fond of.
But, I'm lucky, I can just pop into Viviano's and buy them.
They carry fresh bread from Marconi Bakery, so I'm guessing the crumbs are Marconi as well...
Am I right, Beth?

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