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 Sunchoke Chips

Sunchokes, vegetable oil, salt. Do I win the contest for the recipe with the fewest ingredients?


Previous posts about sunchokes have described them. And the beginning of the sunchoke recipes in Essentials has a wonderful little essay by Marcella on the history behind them as well as the proper way to peel them. So, I'll just say that my task was to slice raw, peeled sunchokes thinly, then fry them in hot vegetable oil until a nice golden brown.


Remember in the '80s when Terra Chips first became all the rage with the granola crowd? The marketing implied that because the chips were made from exotic root vegetables like taro, sweet potato, yuca, batata and parsnip they were somehow healthier than garden variety potato chips. Sandwich shops switching to Terra Chips could count on adding at least a couple bucks to the price of a meal just for the cool factor. And, truthfully, I do love Terra Chips, just for the variety - not because I think they are socially superior to plain old Irish potatoes.

As I was prepping my sunchokes, I was thinking that if Terra Chips had consulted with Marcella, they may have had an additional exotic root to add to the mix. Then I started thinking about the root vegetables I can now get at Global Foods. On any given day, I can buy fresh Lotus Root, Malanga, Maroon Carrots, Name Root, Parsley Root, Boniato, Okinawa Sweet Potato, and many varieties of potatoes and beets. I think I shall pick up a nice mix and try making some unsual chips.

Back to the Sunchokes. They are delicious. That's all I have to say about them. And at less than $1.00 a pound, they are a bargain. We're having our new annual MLK and Tom's birthday gathering soon, I'm going to make a big batch and impress my sisters-in-law.


Comments (2)

Marcella Hazan:

A big batch for a crowd, Deborah? That makes for a lot of peeling, which is the only drawback to sunchokes I can think of. But then what is cooking if there is no prepping?

Deborah responds:
LOL, Marcella, and prepping is what the sisters-in-law will be for. :grin:

Dark chocolate is good for us, and belgian chocolate is the best. But the opposite of good is bad, right. The only thing bad about eating dark chocolate is the worry people associate with eating too much. The one thing that takes the joy from life is worry. Worry causes stress and stress can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Worry also causes people to be nervous. When people get nervous they eat and consume more calories. Relax eat and enjoy the taste of chocolate, you will know when you have had too much. Point number two, don't worry and you won't eat too much!

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