Thursday, December 14, 2006

Where Does This Guy Shop?

From Babbo, Mario Batali's cookbook of recipes from the restaurant of the same name.

"Fennel pollen was very difficult to find when I first tasted it at Macelleria Cacchini in Panzano, but now it seems ubiquitous."

(Yes, I know it's on the internet. That's not the point. I can buy pig cheeks off the internet, too, but they aren't exactly ubiquitous.)


Blogger SquidgePa said...

Piggily Pollen?

December 15, 2006 11:09 AM  
Blogger dubjay said...

My problem with Mario in a nutshell. He has the damnedest ideas of what ingredients are available in the provinces.

I'm still looking for pancetta and rabbit loins, with or without the flap intact.

December 15, 2006 4:56 PM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

I've always been able to get pancetta, and we have a really good Italian grocery here. But yeah.

I was going to make ox tail ragu with gnocci tonight but ox tails are hit or miss. Right now, no ox tails.

December 15, 2006 6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, yeah, but you can substitute--say veal shanks--
Laura Queen of Improv

December 15, 2006 10:55 PM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

But the whole pint of the oxtails was to find something comparable to osso bucco that didn't involve veal! (She whined.) But like I said, oxtails are just hit or miss. There are lots of times they're available.

December 16, 2006 10:30 AM  
Blogger mary grimm said...

Fennel pollen is ubiquitous at my house, but only in season (fennel growing in my garden).

December 17, 2006 10:45 AM  
Blogger Maureen McHugh said...

Well, today I bought oxtails, so tomorrow, with luck, I will post about gnocchi with oxtail ragu.

December 17, 2006 7:35 PM  

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