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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Tegliata di Biete - Swiss Chard Torte with Raisins and Pine Nuts


All I can tell you is you have to make this recipe!!! It is one of my favorites. I had a similar recipe given to me a couple of years ago, and loved it, and Marcella's recipe is even better. This recipe originates from the Venice area. It's a vegetable pie that contains swiss chard, onions, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, golden raisins, and eggs to bind it all together. It's topped with bread crumbs (again, you must use ones you have made, not the ones from a can), which give it a nice crunch.

The recipe begins by adding sliced chard leaves to boiling water, and cooking until tender. Those are then drained, and chopped into very small pieces. You then saute onions in olive oil until light brown, add the chard, and cook for a couple of minutes. Put that in a large bowl, and then add the grated Parmesan cheese, eggs, pine nuts and raisins. This mixture is spread in a spring-form pan, topped with bread crumbs and drizzled with some olive oil, then baked.

I think what I like so much about this recipe is the combination of the sweet and salty. Sweet from the golden raisins, salty from the cheese. As I said before, you just have to make it. I could have easily eaten that entire recipe myself, but somehow I showed some restraint.

Comments (5)

Cindy, this looks gorgeous and it sounds scrumptious! I like the look of your breadcrumbs.


I will definitely try this one!

Wow! This sounds delish! I will have to try it soon.

Marcella Hazan:

Cindy Ruth, reading about and seeing the success you have had with my recipes has been immensely gratifying. I had vowed never to spend my precious time - at 87 every second is precious - following blogs, but you are too good a cook to ignore. Soon I'll be clicking on Baked Alaska.


i've made this about 10 times now - it's fantastic. also good with kale or spinach - any leafy green.

one hint - it's much easier if you cook the leaves whole and then chop once steamed and cooled. much less mess, and easier clean up. also, adding a good 1/2 cup cream just makes it that much richer and moist.

i also add hot red pepper, ground white pepper, and if i'm in the mood, some freshly grated nutmeg . . .

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