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Help! All I want is Rapini.


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Help! All I want is Rapini.

Rayde | | Sep 18, 2013 06:45 PM

Hey Everyone :)

After moving from Toronto to Los Angeles everything has gone smoothly except for a few culinary bumps. Adjusting to the predominantly Hispanic cuts of meat and food names has been a real challenge.

I am second generation Italian and I am struggling to find grocers that carry the very lifeblood of my cooking style. I have found some substitutes for the import brands of dry genoa salami and I have also found substitutes for different oils and things like that. However, I am yet to find rapini. anywhere.

For those of you that don't know, Rapini (also known as Broccoli Rabe) is a dark green vegetable, kind of like a cross between spinach and broccoli, but with a really robust, slightly bitter flavor. It is absolutely delicious when you lightly steam it, then fry it in olive oil with garlic and pepperoncini.

Most Italian delis here in LA have a small grocery section, but I rarely see Italian grocery stores that have produce, and I can't find it at any of the major chains like I can back East. Can you give me any suggestions?

Rapini ! Rapini ! Rapini !
I love it ! I want it ! I need it !

Things I need:

- Rapini
- Pepperoncini (italian red chili peppers, not Spanish/Mexican chilies)
- A good place to buy a big 2 liter can of import olive oil without breaking the bank