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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Baked Potatoes, Onion, and Tomatoes, Apulian Style

This is another very simple recipe with an amazing amount of flavor in the final product. This starts with sliced potatoes, peeled tomatoes, and thinly sliced onions. This is mixed with grated romano, oregano, salt and pepper. This is all put into a 13 x 9 baking dish and then extra virgin olive oil is poured over. This is then baked for an hour at 400 degrees.


This comes out of the oven with tender, lightly browned potatoes with the sweetness of the onions and tomatoes as a nice counterbalance to the savoriness imparted by the romano cheese. Because of the strong flavors in this dish it would be a great side dish to serve with a beef roast or any other full flavored meat dish.


I have to admit that I was looking for the leftovers for breakfast this morning. When I was a girl our family used to have a family reunion every summer at a campground with a swimming hole. The only thing that would get me out of the sleeping bag in the morning, after staying up most of the night laughing with my cousins, was the smell of the camp potatoes that my aunts made. It would be a big skillet filled with fried potatoes with onions. I don’t know why, but that smell brings back all of the good times associated with those trips. It was really nice to relive those days while waiting for this to finish in the oven.

Comments (1)

Marcella Hazan:

Potatoes and onions have to be one of the most perfect couplings. If only marriages worked so well! Is it my impression, Beth, but have you become a much more self-assured and competent cook since this project began?

Beth responds-I know I have really learned a lot over the course of time. This process has made me rethink many of the things that I took for granted about cooking. I am so glad that I have been a part of this!

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