Category Archives: Sauces

Salmon with Arugula and Green Olive Pesto

This pesto is a bright, rich and slightly tart sauce that’s great for fish and seafood.  The ingredients in my market that inspired this meal were Marcona almonds and pitted green Sicilian olives.   I could tell that these olives … Continue reading

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Mom’s Turkey Meatballs

On Mother’s Day, I made this recipe in honor of my mother, who makes the best turkey meatballs on the planet.  These are moist, light and flavorful.   Many people have asked my mother for this recipe, so several years … Continue reading

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Striped Bass with Sorrel Pesto

Today, my friend Kathleen brought me a bunch of beautiful sorrel fresh from the garden, and told me she had made a pesto out of hers, so I decided to try my hand at my own version. In the past, … Continue reading

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Ragu Bolognese

I’ve made this iconic dish for years and experimented with it in many different ways, using many different ingredients, and this is the culmination of my best efforts, while maintaining the most authenticity. Many years ago, my cousin Rosanna, who’s lived … Continue reading

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Duck and Winter Squash Ragu

This is a simple and deeply satisfying winter dish that tastes as if it takes hours to prepare, but doesn’t.  Thanks to ready-cooked duck confit, this dish can be made in about a half-hour total.  Admittedly, not every supermarket (or … Continue reading

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Rosemary-Orange Glazed Turkey Breast

This is a wonderful main course for dinner, that can also provide you with wonderful leftovers for lunches the following days.    As a main course, I serve it with the skin on, dressed with some of the orange glaze. … Continue reading

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Cucumber Mango Salsa

These days, my kitchen is overflowing with cucumbers from my neighbor Beppi’s garden.  I use at least one in every meal, slicing them thin to throw into green salads, or dressing them with oil and vinegar on their own for … Continue reading

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Beppi’s Luganiga Sausage with Mushrooms and Polenta

This dish came by way of my 90 year-old neighbor, Beppi.  In the Veneto, Beppi’s region of Italy, polenta is eaten quite often, if not daily. When Beppi makes polenta, I’m usually the recipient of a nice portion of it. … Continue reading

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Tuscan Kale Pesto

  Outside of traditional basil pesto alla genovese, this is my favorite pesto.  There is something unique about the texture and mild flavor of tuscan kale that lends itself to pesto.  I’ve been buying it every week from my farmers’ … Continue reading

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Lamb Meatballs with Sweet Tomato Ragu

Lamb is one of my favorite red meats–especially the shoulder or shank.  These cuts generally get braised in an aromatic combination of broth, wine, stock and tomatoes.  There might be herbs, bay leaves, celery, carrots, onions and garlic.  The meat … Continue reading

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