Monthly Archives: July 2011

Pasta al’Amatriciana (My Way)

I recently re-read an old favorite cookbook of mine “Red, White and Greens” by Faith Willinger, an expat American cookbook writer who lives in Italy (whom I met while working in the kitchen at Po Restaurant) that good pancetta is … Continue reading

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Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

This dish is one of those one-pot wonders that is so simple and easy, it can be made and served as an elegant dinner all by itself.  It’s particularly good tonight because both broccoli and garlic are fresh and local.  … Continue reading

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Beet, Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Since I made sauteed beet greens the other evening, I had also roasted the beets themselves and kept them in the fridge.  When I arrived home this evening, I found one of my neighbor Beppi’s bags hanging on my back … Continue reading

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Cobb Salad

Although there’s nothing Italian about a Cobb Salad, it’s what I’m in the mood for today.  On some hot summer days after coming off the beach, the only thing that will satisfy is a large cool composed salad and some … Continue reading

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Green Sauce

I won’t go so far as to call this sauce by the Italian “salsa verde” because genuine salsa verde in Italy is something different and more complex than this sauce–it is a concoction of parsley, pickles, boiled eggs, capers and shallots.  It … Continue reading

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Pasta with Shrimp and Pesto

My neighbor Beppi’s garden is exploding with basil this time of year, and his pesto is legendary.  His late wife was from Genoa, the birthplace of the “original” pesto alla Genovese, and he has been kind enough to share his … Continue reading

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Grapefruit and Jicama Salad with Mint Vinaigrette

As the temperature gets hotter and hotter, I find myself more interested in cold or room-temperature foods.  Salads are ideal first courses or light lunches on their own. This salad is interesting and particularly refreshing.   Although Jicama is not an … Continue reading

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Pasta with Shrimp and Scallops

Pasta with seafood is something I make often in the summer–not only because it’s delicious, but also because it’s quick, easy and very elegant.  Thr preparation of this dish is very similar to pasta with lobster, chilis and mint, only … Continue reading

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Broccoli di Rapa with Cured Sausage

I have some cured Italian sausage left from my pizza last week and this is the perfect salty bite for some bitter broccoli di rapa.  Needless to say, this could easily be combined with pasta (orrechiette or rigatoni) but tonight, … Continue reading

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Pasta with Swiss Chard, Prosciutto and Peas

Prosciutto and peas are a great combination, often combined with heavy cream or butter.  Today, however, I wanted to pair them with something green and make a lighter, more summery dish with only a touch of butter.   I was inspired by the rainbow … Continue reading

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