Side dishes–the stuff you serve with your main meat or fish.


Spinach, Chickpeas, and Feta

I don’t know how this recipe came into our house. It’s not Italian, though the ingredients are mediterranean, and I never had it growing up. But it quickly became a favorite. I wonder if it’s a variation of an Indian dish? In any case, it’s simple to make, and tastes great. Enjoy!


Sautéed Spinach

Spinach is really quite simple to prepare. Unfortunately, it gets a bad rap because many people overcook it, which results in a rather unappetizing lump of green mush. So be careful! As with many dark leafy vegetables, it comes into season in winter in SoCal and spring in other regions. Always buy produce in season—it’s […]

Antipasti, Contorni

String beans

My father grew beautiful beans in his garden. He’d gather some of the nicest ones and freeze them so we could enjoy them in winter. It’s important not to overcook the beans—they should still be very firm. Just cook them for a minute or two. Put them straight  in the vinaigrette while they’re still hot […]