Tony & Sarah Nasello
FARGO — My sister-in-law, another Sarah, did something extraordinary last Saturday. She ran and completed her first half-marathon as part of the Fargo Marathon event. What makes this so extraordinary is that Sarah had never run more than 4 or 5 miles continuously before starting her training regimen earlier this year. Even further, she gave birth to her second child, baby Sadie, just last September. She is my hero of the week.
FARGO—Pork has been a staple in the human diet going all the way back to 5000 B.C. In the past, we've featured pork with spicier dishes like Indonesian Pork Satay and Jamaican Jerk Pork, or with an Italian twist like Scaloppine of Pork Piccata or Saltimbocca. For this occasion, we looked to the season for inspiration and decided to feature pork in a way that is warm and comforting. Tony's Roast Loin of Pork with Fall Vegetables is the perfect dish for this season. While I'm traditionally a red-meat girl, I've come to appreciate the finer points of pork in recent years.
FARGO — “It’s like beef juice and herb marination had a baby, and they called it Delicious.” This was our 10-year-old son Gio’s description last week after his first experience with bistecca alla Fiorentina, and Tony and I couldn’t have said it any better. Bistecca alla Fiorentina, or steak Florentine as it’s called in the United States, is a fancy name for a simple dish that originated in Florence, Tuscany.
Thanks to the recent heat wave, fresh garden tomatoes are the new darlings in our farmers markets and gardens, and not a moment too soon in our opinion. For the past week, Tony, Gio and I have been enjoying a lovely selection of beefsteak, golden, cherry and roma tomatoes, whether we use them in a recipe or just eat them on their own. One of our favorite ways to celebrate this savory fruit is in the classic B.L.T.
Last fall we hosted a contest to find the Perfect Party Dip, and Jean Eppler’s cleverly named “Cranberries Gone Wild Dip” took home the title. But just three votes separated the top three party dip contestants. While Jean’s dip spoke to the season with its festive Christmas colors and seasonal main ingredient, our runners-up are perfect for the ultimate Dip-apalooza, otherwise known as Super Bowl Sunday. What makes Peggy Fisher’s Hot Beef Taco Dip and Sherre Sattler’s Jalapeno Popper Dip ideal for this occasion? While completely different from each other, they are both warm dips.