Monthly Archives: February 2011

Pasta alla Carbonara

  Dinner is later than usual tonight due to an evening meeting, so I’m using it as an excuse to make one of my favorite late-night dishes–pasta alla carbonara. I’ve made this dish many different ways but my favorite version of … Continue reading

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Deconstructed Roast Chicken

  There are many ways in which I enjoy preparing a roast chicken.  There’s high heat/uncovered; medium heat covered then uncovered; brined; dry-brined; on the grill; under a brick, to name but a few.  However, of all the ways, this … Continue reading

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Dinner for One – Veal Marsala

    The veal cutlets at the butcher today were irresistable–paper thin and no visible muscle or sinew.  This looked like the perfect dinner for one. The dish requires only a couple of pieces of thinly sliced veal, some flour, some butter … Continue reading

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Spaghetti with Fennel, Leeks and Mint

  While I’m on the subject of fennel (see yesterday’s post), I wanted to make this pasta dish.  It’s spaghetti tossed with caramelized fennel, leeks, garlic, chili flakes and mint.  You can make the same dish as a vegetable, omitting … Continue reading

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Gratinata di Finocchio

  Fennel is a very versatile vegetable.  It can be eaten raw–it’s wonderful simply shaved over a mixed green salad.  It can be diced and put in a stew or soup–I love to put it in my zuppa di pesce, which … Continue reading

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Rutabaga Puree with Pecorino and Olive Oil

  A friend brought over a wonderful beef bourguignon for dinner the other evening and I am still savoring the leftovers, therefore tonight’s post consists of two great side dishes to accompany a hearty beef stew.    I don’t know whether rutabaga is used in Italy, but … Continue reading

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Collard Greens with Bacon

  Collards are one of the few native vegetables for which Italians should envy Americans.  Although a southerner might argue that my greens bear no resemblance to the true  southern way of cooking them, they are great nonetheless. I start … Continue reading

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Dinner for One–Eggs and Spinach

  Italians rarely eat eggs for breakfast–they’re more for the evening meal (just as pasta is more for the midday meal).  I happen to prefer eggs in the evening as well, so since I have some sauteed spinach left from my steak dinner … Continue reading

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Rib Eye alla Fiorentina

  I have a charbroiler on top of my stove that all my friends swore I’d never use because it’s too difficult to clean and makes too much smoke while grilling.   First of all, I use it often.  Secondly, I clean it … Continue reading

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Pollo in Umido

  As you may recall, I made chicken soup several days ago.  I served the dark meat in my initial meal, then I had broth and white meat left over.  Recycling the white meat always presents me with more of … Continue reading

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