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 Zucchini Rounds with Onions


I love zucchini. Every year I try to grow it in my garden with no success. I'm not sure why. Last year I got blooms, but they just developed into tiny zucchini and that was it. I would love to be able to go out to my garden and pick fresh zucchini. It has such a better flavor and texture than the ones I often purchase in the grocery store.

I had every intention on making this dish this summer when I had access to locally grown zucchini (from a farmer's market, sadly not my garden). But for some reason, I never made it. So this week, I had to resort to the zucchini from the grocery store. Unfortunately, it was not as fresh as I would have liked, but the recipe still turned out very good.

It's a simple recipe. Saute sliced onion in butter until light brown, add thinly sliced zucchini, and cook until tender and light brown around the edges. It's only seasoned with salt. For those of you who have never cooked zucchini this way, you wonder if it could be a little bland. It's absolutely not, it's sublime (can I use that word to describe a vegetable?). The flavors of the golden onion really meld into the zucchini. I cook my zucchini like this a lot, but have always used olive oil instead of butter. I think the butter adds another element here. When cooked slowly with the onion, the nutty flavor really shines through. So as soon as you can get your hands on some good zucchini, give this dish a try. It just might become your new favorite vegetable.

Comments (2)


I'm loving the zucchini recipes! One of my favorite vegetables (right up there with broccoli and cauliflower). Great photos!!

Marcella Hazan:

Cindy, I wish I could tell you how to grow zucchini, but all the food gardening I know to do is limited to the herbs in my terrace. You ought to ask Doug. If you are successful, you could grow the variety that produces edible blossoms, which you can't find at any greengrocer.

I was waiting for someone to post the question, why not use olive oil instead of butter? It's a different flavor with butter, and I like it.

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