Caponata

Caponata Ronit Penso

When I’ve found some ripe tomatoes, eggplants and peppers at the farm stand, I’ve decided it’s time to prepare a nice batch of Caponata – a tasty sweet and sour Sicilian eggplant dish.
Caponata is wonderful as a side dish, especially with fish and seafood, but also with chicken and other meats. It is also wonderful as a topping for Crostini, and can also be served as a dip, with crackers or toasted points. Continue reading

Halibut with caramelized onions, tomatoes and raisins Ronit Penso

Halibut with Lightly Caramelized Onions, Tomatoes and Raisins

Halibut with caramelized onions, tomatoes and raisins Ronit PensoI was fortunate enough to get some beautiful wild Halibut, and got curious about the origin of its name. At least according to Wikipedia “the name is derived from haly (holy) and butt (flat fish), for its popularity on Catholic holy days”. What a combination of the high and the low! Who knew?

Holy or not, I’ve decided to pair the fish with a favorite ingredient of mine – caramelized onions. Continue reading

Colorful Couscous, Lentils and Raisins Salad

Couscous, Lentil and Raisins Salad Ronit PensoPreparing traditional couscous from scratch is a labor intensive task; it requires mixing semolina with oil and water, passing it through a sieve, steaming it in a special pot, mixing it again, and repeating the process once or twice more… No wonder that up until modern times, when the instant couscous was created, this great grain product was not as popular as it is today. Continue reading