Pea bean soup – Soups

Just for the saying so, taccole (plural of taccola) are those flat, or even puffy not flat, green beans that have pods in them; I guess you’d call them snow pea pods, but they aren’t really the same, because they are not as sweet, but they are also not very bitter.

I can’t seem to find an English change of name for them, but they can be found under “green beans” in the store, you just have to look around the for kind that have peas in the long pods and that are flattened at birth. You can use the puffy kind, but this recipe wants the flat ones.

Pea and bean soup – Soups

Creamy Polenta recipe |

I can’t believe I forgot to toss in a recipe for plain polenta for Memorial Day. All US Holidays are opportunities for me to put in cross-over Italian cultural plain dishes and I can just remember thinking every Memorial Day how lovely it was that people could all get together and pray as a nation about being the same people. And I wouldn’t so much each polenta then, I mean, that happens all year long on odd days here and there, (cream of wheat is known as semolina, so yes, I also have a bowl of semolina from time to time, but I prefer polenta), but for the sake of the argument, I think polenta (as well as semolina) could be a solemnized appetizer or breakfast, you know, alongside of a very important breakfast muffin and a BBQ brunch.


Creamy Polenta recipe |