Tuscan: I Do Not Think That Means What You Think It Means

vizzini.jpg Jane Snow of the Akron Beacon Journal, on how "Tuscan" is used and abused as an unauthentic adjective today: "White beans are in so many dishes that Tuscans are called “bean eaters” elsewhere in Italy. But that doesn’t mean a recipe for canned beans and chopped tomatoes in salad dressing should be called “Tuscan,” as it is in The Dinner Doctor by Anne Byrne. Or that a Pillsbury Bake-Off recipe for Tuscan Roasted Potato-Chicken Salad made with frozen potatoes, cubed mozzarella cheese, canned white beans and pre-cooked chicken strips deserves the name. But what the heck. Almost any dish with garlic, basil, rosemary, sun-dried tomatoes and even chicken has been tagged “Tuscan” somewhere, sometime in the United States."
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