Monthly Archives: January 2011

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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Linguini with Scallops

Bay scallops are in season for a short time in the winter and when they’re around, I like to make them often.  They’re small and succulent, and I prefer to cook them in a moist medium rather than just searing them … Continue reading

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Pasta e Ceci

  This is pure southern (Italian) comfort food and almost embarassingly easy to make.  Chickpeas are one of the few canned items that I keep in my pantry and perhaps the only beans which I prefer canned over fresh.  The reason is … Continue reading

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Pasta with Kale and Bacon

  This past fall I decided to try a little experiment with freezing produce.  I just couldn’t bear to part with the local vegetables for the entire winter, so I decided to see what froze well and what didn’t.  At … Continue reading

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Butternut Farro

  This simple combination of butternut squash and farro is as soothing and comforting as it gets.  It’s sweet, nutty and rich-tasting without actually being rich.  It can serve as a main course (totally vegetarian) or side dish.  It reheats beautifully in … Continue reading

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