Monthly Archives: January 2011

Arugula and Pear Salad with Pecorino

  This salad is a simple wintery mix of arugula, bosc pears, grapes and shaved pecorino sardo. The sardo is an aged sheep’s milk cheese that can actually be grated over pasta as well, but has a much more complex yet … Continue reading

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Whole Wheat Pasta with Ricotta

  After the meaty meals of the past few evenings, I’m ready to eat meatless tonight.  I’m in the mood for whole wheat spaghetti with ricotta.  This is a simple, luxurious dish that also packs a nice little protein punch if you’re not … Continue reading

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Sugo Calabrese

  This dish is straight from my mother’s home town in Calabria.  Even in the summertime, the sauce is a staple which is served on pasta several days a week.  When my mother and I spent three months in Calabria many … Continue reading

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Polpettine di Tacchino

  As I stated in my first blog, I love meatloaf (any kind) and the same goes for meatballs. I am constantly re-inventing my meatball recipes and I like to experiment with all manner of ground meat and poultry.  Turkey … Continue reading

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Deconstructed Pasta Al’Amatriciana and Broccoli with Onions

  I learned to make pasta al’amatriciana from my neighbor, Beppi.  He sautes pancetta, lots of sliced onion, then adds canned tomatoes and simmers for about 20 minutes.   He adds a bit of parsley and basil at the end.   The … Continue reading

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White Bean and Broccoli Stem Soup

  As we get pounded by blizzard after blizzard, I’ll keep making soups and stews–there’s just nothing I’d rather eat after shoveling snow for two hours! This soup makes use of a vastly underutilized vegetable–or I should say an underutilized … Continue reading

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Butternut Squash Risotto

I’m still eating local butternut squash from the fall (not frozen–just kept in a cold basement).  It seems to get sweeter as it sits and the flavor concentrates.  I know it will not keep indefinitely, so one of these days, I’ll … Continue reading

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Dinner for One – Skillet Potatoes and Sausage

  There are many times when I make dinner for one (me)  and I always look forward to them.  Because I try never to throw food away, I usually have several little baggies of this or that in my freezer which can be … Continue reading

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Pollo col Polenta

     Polenta is the ultimate Italian comfort food–creamy and soft.  It can be served with a variety of accompaniments:  some sausages in red wine sauce (my mother’s way of serving it); alongside calves liver alla Veneziana (one of my neighbor … Continue reading

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Olive Oil Poached Tuna with Roasted Pepper and Anchovy Salad

  I love fine imported Italian tuna packed in olive oil and I always use it in my salade nicoise during the summer, when tomatoes and green beans are at their peak.  A few years ago, I started making my own … Continue reading

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