Tony & Sarah Nasello, All About Italian
When I was growing up, the Fourth of July was one of my favorite holidays. I loved everything about the Fourth – waking up early to the sound of firecrackers in the days leading up to the big day, the small-town parades and turtle races, barbecues with lake friends and, of course, the fireworks. I also loved the Fourth of July because it signaled the arrival of one of my all-time favorite foods, watermelon.
FARGO — If you celebrate the Christmas holiday, it’s time to start planning for your feast. Do you know what you’re serving for Christmas dinner? Traditionally, in our family, my parents have prepared a duo of roast leg of lamb and prime rib, favorites that their large brood has come to look forward to each year with great anticipation.
FARGO — If you drive five minutes beyond the city limits of Fargo-Moorhead in any direction, you are bound to encounter the agriculture that defines our region. Fall is one of our favorite times to take a drive in the country, when the bustle of agricultural activity is at its peak. Whether you spot a combine harvesting a field, visit a local farmer’s produce stand, or find yourself behind a caravan of trucks hauling sugar beets, it’s hard to miss the bounty that is all around us. We’re not farmers, nor are we related to any farmers.
FARGO — Lately we’ve been taken with a classic immigrant sandwich called the Muffuletta, which was created in the early 1900s at the Central Grocery, a famous Italian market in New Orleans. The word “muffuletta” originally referred to a round-shaped loaf of Sicilian sesame bread, which became the base for the sandwich now bearing its name.
FARGO — Food is a wonderful way to connect us to seasons past, and this week’s recipe for Sarello’s crab cakes with Romesco sauce is the perfect antidote for those pesky end-of-summer blues. Made famous in Maryland, we have often been told by guests from near and far that our crab cakes are every bit as good as you’ll find out East.
FARGO — This month, we have been enjoying the bounty of beautiful, blush-toned peaches found at our farmers markets and local grocery stores, and our enjoyment has nearly reached the point of obsession. If our memory is correct, the big lugs of fresh peaches arrived a week or two earlier this summer than the past couple years, and we have been greedy in our indulgence. There is something wonderfully inviting about a ripe, juicy peach, so much so that even our previously peach-phobic son, Giovanni, had to take a bite to see what all the fuss was about.
Tony and I were honored this week to be part of a very special North Dakota event called Banquet in a Field, which took place at Peterson Farms Seed in rural Cass County.
The sun is setting on the Coteau des Prairies near Rutland, N.D., as a herd of cows grazes along the hillside pasture just a few hundred feet from where Tony and I are sitting. It’s a Sunday, and Tony and I are trying to decide what to feature this week as PGA Golf is playing on the television in the background. Inspired by our surroundings, I start to think about beef, and golf, and something in the back of my mind is connecting these two elements together.
Earlier this year, during the seemingly endless winter, Tony, Gio and I were sitting around, musing about what we looked forward to doing most once summer arrived. When it was our 9-year-old son Gio’s turn, he didn’t skip a beat: “Picking raspberries with you, Mom,” he said.
In our opinion, there are few foods that embrace the essence of America and summer nostalgia better than sweet corn. Corn on the cob has been a summer tradition since I was a little girl, and I have fond memories of shucking corn with my sisters, trying to see who could finish the fastest. We love sweet corn, and while our favorite way to eat it is straight off the cob, we’ve found a variety of different ways to enjoy this fresh summer vegetable.