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June 20, 2011

Ah, frankieolives -- we wish we could give up white sugar and alcohol, like you! Alas, 'tis just not the year. In the meantime, we're feasting on your wonderfully healthy and creative recipes. This ex-professional chef just can't shirk her post by the stove, so a brighter and more delicious food52 community thanks her. While we're not shocked that this Angeleno brings us simple summer hits like Whole Oat Groats with Cherries, Plums, Pistachios & Homemade Almond Milk and Summer Corn and Squash Sauté, a blog on pork too? Really? And it's definitely no afterthought: see Mangia tutta di maiale (Eat the whole pig!). Sure, she's all for a little nose-to-tail action, but requests we please hold the pig ears. No problem.

A Saturday lunch of frankieolives's green and grain salad followed by a slice (or two ... or three) of her citrusy pistachio tart have us jonesing for the weekend (it is Monday, you realize). And, fear not -- there are drinks to match: Lavender Rhuberry Refresher, Dandelion Clementine Cooler or Floral Fizz should do the trick. Some of us (perhaps not those responsible for the 6 sticks of butter we are ordering for tomorrow's photo shoot) would die and go to heaven with a big bowl of her Bright & Crunchy Salad. Frankieolives has got summer written all over her. 

Read frankieolives's profile Q&A below and check out her blogs, Mangia tutta di maiale and Tartine Bread Experiment.

  • What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
    Pig ears. Shudder. I am all for nose to tail, but I'll leave the nose and tail to someone more adventurous. I'm happy with that which is situated in between.

  • What do you cook when home alone?
    Anything I would cook for anyone else. I believe that cooking for and celebrating oneself every day is essential.

  • Your most treasured kitchen possession:
    My giant mortar and pestle, my cast iron skillet. And I love them more with age.

  • Your ideal meal:
    Salad. I don't think I have ever eaten the same salad twice. There are just too many lovely things at the farmers market to have a repeat performance.

  • Something you'd like a chance to eat or cook:
    A whole pig. A whole salmon. A whole something.

  • The number of bottles of wine you own:
    None. I don't drink anymore. But when I did, I always had a revolving case on hand. It was just a health choice I made this year, no alcohol and no white sugar.

  • The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is:
    4

  • Kitchen pet peeve:
    Cheap knives. Plastic kitchen implements. Bad wine glasses. Champagne flutes. A dearth of kitchen linens. Stupid gadgets like garlic presses, microwaves and hot dog cookers.

  • Your favorite cookbook:
    Oh, geez....

 

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fo

Written by: fo

I write. I cook. I want A&M's job! Just kidding. No, I'm not. I used to be a professional chef, and while I no longer want to be in a professional kitchen, I could never stop cooking. How cliche that I write and cook, nonetheless, the two marry quite happily and blogging fulfills both of those passions for me with an immediacy that I crave. I would love some day to do it full-time. I have two blogs at the moment, and I'm developing a third. Have a look: http://mangiatuttadimaiale.blogspot.com/ http://tartine-bread.blogspot.com/

40 Comments

Bevi June 22, 2011
Congrats! I made your Bright and Crunchy Salad with buckwheat and it was delicious and so fresh on a hot day.
 
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fo June 22, 2011
that is so awesome! and uncanny, since i just soaked some buckwheat last night and was wondering what i will do with it today. thanks for the suggestion!
 
mcs3000 June 21, 2011
Your Tartine bread blog is so awesome! It's my favorite bread. Congrats on the food52 feature - looking forward to trying some of your recipes.
 
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fo June 22, 2011
thanks mcs3000. i will be doing another post this week. check back!
 
boulangere June 21, 2011
Lovely to see you here. So enjoying your ideas.
 
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fo June 21, 2011
thank you boulangere
 
boulangere June 21, 2011
I'm a CA expat. I feel your sun!
 
Sagegreen June 21, 2011
You are a true inspiration, frankieolives! I love the exuberance of your recipes!
 
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fo June 21, 2011
you as well Sagegreen. I aspire to have 26 pages of recipes here at 52 one day too ; )
 
wssmom June 21, 2011
Hi Frankie!! Nice to "meet" you!
 
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fo June 21, 2011
thank you wssmom!
 
Micie June 21, 2011
That's my girl!
 
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fo June 21, 2011
thank you sweetie! yay!
 
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fo June 21, 2011
OMG!! wow! I logged on to food52 and there I was. it didn't even register what was going on! I'm THRILLED to be part of food52, and I'm almost embarrassed that I have put just about every recipe on the site in my 'saved' box. OK, no I'm not. You all are my new and favorite community of chefs, and I come to food52 a million times a day just to see who's doing what. THANK YOU thank you thank you a million times for all the love. Oh, and I just posted a new recipe on mangia today, just FYI. Millet with roasted oranges and almonds, 3 ways. A recipe that uses homemade almond milk and the almond meal that you get when you make it. Another post this week for a rye bread with marjoram and olives for the Tartine blog. Let's all keep cooking! Thank you Amanda and Merrill, and thank you the whole of food52! Woohoo!
 
susan G. June 20, 2011
I'm just blown away by your Tartine blog, and happy you're here on food52 as well.
 
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fo June 21, 2011
Thank you Susan. This just made my night, as you can imagine. This week I will be posting my 'City Bread' in rye with olives. Be sure to check back!
 
mrslarkin June 20, 2011
so nice to see you in the spotlight, frankieolives!!
 
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fo June 21, 2011
Thank you Susan. This just made my night, as you can imagine. This week I will be posting my 'City Bread' in rye with olives. Be sure to check back!
 
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fo June 21, 2011
ahhhh, the famous caseus cheese sandwich creator. that page has been put into my saved recipes as well as bookmarked. i have a friend coming from san francisco next month and i intend to make it for him!
 
Fairmount_market June 20, 2011
Congratulations frankieolives. I've been very inspired by your recipes.
 
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fo June 21, 2011
And I yours ; )
 
dymnyno June 20, 2011
Congrats!
 
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fo June 21, 2011
thank you!
 
pierino June 20, 2011
Gosh, I have pig ears in my freezer right now, along with Thumper the rabbit.
 
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fo June 21, 2011
no! not thumper!
 
Panfusine June 20, 2011
congratulations... Loved looking thru your blog! your penmanship is so bubbly & cheerful, its a pleasure to read!
 
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fo June 21, 2011
aw, shucks :)
 
aargersi June 20, 2011
Hurrah! I am a huge fan of FrankieOlives and so glad to see you here! All recipes sound fabulous, and I plan to keep cooking them ... no wine no white sugar - you are a stronger woman than I ....
 
aargersi June 20, 2011
plus I love the way you write your recipes
 
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fo June 21, 2011
you were my first interaction aargersi, and the first one to pick my recipe. i must admit, you added a little spark to my posts at food52. after you reviewed my recipe, i just went nuts and posted more hoping that you would try another. (please make that tart, seriously...)
 
aargersi June 21, 2011
I will! My mom and sisters are here this weekend - kind of perfect right?
 
inpatskitchen June 20, 2011
Congratulations on your "spotlight"!
 
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fo June 21, 2011
thanks!
 
drbabs June 20, 2011
So happy to see you in the spotlight--congratulations!
 
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fo June 21, 2011
thank you so much! how fun is this?
 
hardlikearmour June 20, 2011
Nice to "meet" you, frankieolives! I'm dying to turn your Floral Fizz into a light cocktail by using St. Germain in place of the elderflower syrup.
 
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fo June 21, 2011
yes. that nice tweak may draw me back to the watering hole. ; )
 
hardlikearmour June 21, 2011
The trouble with the St. Germain is it's barely like drinking any alcohol, so it' easy to "fall off the wagon." Fair warning!
 
nogaga June 20, 2011
Congrats!
 
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fo June 21, 2011
thanks nogaga!