Warm Spinach Salad

December 28, 2017 0

Warm Spinach Salad Not all salads need to be served cold or at room temperature.  This one is perfect especially in the winter since it […]

French Mussels

December 24, 2017 0

Classic French Mussels I love fresh mussels, but like most shellfish, it can be tedious to clean, debeard, cook, and sort out the dead ones […]

Macaroni & Cheese

December 22, 2017 0

Macaroni & Cheese   Using a cast iron skillet is the key to making this right and not making a mess.  What you don’t need […]

Stuffed Mushrooms

December 20, 2017 0

Stuffed Mushrooms Stuffed mushrooms are easy to make, bake and are great appetizers. The hardest part is the preparation which is really fairly easy. This […]

Basic Sauce

December 8, 2017 0

Basic Sauce Basic Sauce is a base tomato sauce that can be used for anything from just the way it is, to creating other great […]

Brussels Sprouts

November 28, 2017 0

Brussels Sprouts Brussels Sprouts are from the cabbage family.  Imagine them as miniature cabbage about the size no bigger than a walnut or golf ball […]

Puttanesca Sauce

November 26, 2017 0

Puttanesca Sauce A classic Italian pasta dish is Puttanesca. The name is a curious one, and yes, it does mean “prostitute” in Italian, the question […]

Shrimp Fra Diavola

November 15, 2017 0

Shrimp Fra Diavola Diavola simply means “devil” in Italian, but when it comes to food it means very spicy or hot.  It is incredibly simple […]

Escarole & Beans

October 5, 2017 0

Escarole & Beans As you might hear Italians pronnounce it “scrola” –  its a peasant dish that is vegetarian, as most peasant dishes are.  Today […]

Curing Green Olives

October 4, 2017 0

Curing Green Olives My family was Sicilian on all 4 sides (all 4 parents and grandparents).  They loved large green olives cured at home.  I […]

Olives

October 4, 2017 0

Olives Olives are one of the oldest foods known to the world.  Fossils of olives exist from tens of millions of years ago.  As far […]

Ribs & Rigatoni

September 5, 2017 0

Ribs & Rigatoni One of my favorite chefs of all time is Lidia Bastianich. I’ve met her son Joe Bastianich and their mutual business partner […]

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