Dente Di Leone,

An Italian green in the chicory family, with the characteristic bright, bitter flavors.  Chicories have always been known for their numerous health benefits, such as a digestive aid, helping fight inflammation and high blood pressure, and contributing to the over-all health of your liver and kidneys…

But I’m no doctor, I just think they taste good

(and look beautiful too)

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If you say the name Dente Di Leone quickly, you can hear where the english name for it “Dandelion” came from-

 and, when pared with the robust flavors of anchovies, garlic and red pepper flakes…

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you’ve basically got a bowl of virility

Also today:

Pappardelle, alla Bolognese

Fusilli, with watercress-parsley-almond pesto