|Victor and Marcella Hazan|
There is a sad anniversary this week. It’s been a year since the world lost Marcella Hazan, that wonderfully giving Italian food prophet with whom I struck up a friendship over the internet. Fortunately, when you are as good as Marcella, your presence in the kitchen will not go with you. And fortunately too, Marcella’s partner in life and in the kitchen, Victor Hazan, has kept Marcella’s memory most alive for fans and friends on her Facebook
page. By complete coincidence, when I was poking around for a recipe for swordfish, what should appear before me but Ina Garten’s Sicillian Grilled Swordfish recipe which Ina said was inspired by Marcella. I found it in Ina’s “Barefoot Contessa Foolproof” (Clarkson Potter 2012). This recipe certainly keeps up with the title of the book. It’s one of the easiest things I have cooked all summer. It might take all of 15 minutes to put together. And it delivers such fresh and full flavor that I wanted to share it with you. And since we may be heading into the end of corn season, I wanted to also share an Ina recipe for Confetti Corn. It’s appeared here before. But it is perfect with this dish.