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Sicilian-Style Pasta with Eggplant, Tomatoes, and Ricotta Salata (Pasta Alla Norma)

The first time I had Pasta Alla Norma—the Sicilian dish of pasta tossed with tomato sauce, sautéed eggplant, and ricotta salata—it was at a red sauce Italian joint in New York. I must admit I came away questioning whether the Sicilians really knew as much about fine food and good living as the movies give them credit for. It wasn't until a couple months ago that I really got it, and it took a trip all the way to the source to figure it out. Since then, I've been trying to figure out how to recreate it at home, using readily-available ingredients. More

Seriously Italian: Punctuating Flavors with Ricotta Salata

Ricotta salata is riding a wave of new popularity. I like to think of it as a punctuation mark for both the eye and the palate. Position it strategically to call attention to the juicy sweetness of peas, shallots, watermelon and tomato, or the syrupy, honey-like quality of raisins, roasted butternut squash and parsnips. More

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