Pasta and Shellfish Scream Summer Is Here

Maybe it’s the fact that when I summered in Wellfleet on Cape Cod or spent my teenage years on Long Island we ate tons of shellfish and I came to associate linguine and shellfish with summer.  I have a zillion versions of this classic linguine in white clam sauce.  It’s a dish that appeared on […]

Spring is for Snap Peas–in an Italian Style

In Italian this preparation is called mangiatutto con pancetta e pomodoro which are snap peas cooked with pancetta and tomatoes.  This recipe is a specialty of the area around Rome and to the south in the region of Lazio where in the springtime new snap peas are picked young and eaten raw.  Mangiatutto means eat […]

An Italian Casserole called Taiedda–Apulia’s Family Favorite

Taiedda — tiella alla pugliese in Italian — is one of the most renowned dishes in Apulia (the region of Italy called the heel of the Italian boot), a casserole of layered onion, potatoes, zucchini, mussels, and rice.  This is a dish they make in all three provinces of Brindisi, Lecce, and Taranto.  Also known […]

Linguine And Seafood: Perfecting A Classic Pair

Italian-Americans will tell you flat out that linguine accompanies seafood. Well, at least Long Island Italian-Americans will tell you that. My grandfather, who was from a small village 85 kilometers east of Naples, immigrated to New York in the early 20th century and lived there the rest of his life. He took my mother fishing […]

Roast Chestnuts and Sausage for A November Pasta Dish

Suddenly it became quite cool as November arrived. There’s a feeling that we need to change. We pull out sweaters and we clean out the frig of its summer foods, for instance, the leftover grilled sausage from our last grill party. This preparation is strictly a leftover meal for a cool November day using previously […]

Labor Day Grilling Ideas: Grilled Stuffed Chicken Roll-ups

In the region of Campania in Italy, in older times, rural folks always had chickens running around their yards and gardens and the popularity of egg and chicken recipes abound. In this delightful recipe, an involtini or roll-up, a flattened chicken scaloppine stuffed with a mixture of fresh bread, nutmeg, garlic, and mortadella, and wrapped […]

4 Easy — And Cool — Pasta Dishes For Summer

Everyone loves pasta, but during hot summer days a bowl of steaming pasta doesn’t sound that appealing. Some people make cold macaroni salads, but I think pasta is not meant to be eaten cold and besides, those macaroni salads usually have mayonnaise in them and fill you up too much. The Italians have an ideal […]

Fabulous Fava for a Spring Pasta Dish

Pappardelle with Rock Shrimp, Porcini Mushrooms, and Fava Beans This extraordinary preparation is a special spring dish. In this case, if you can manage it, everything should be homemade and fresh, the pasta, the shrimp, the porcini, and the fava beans. That means you should be thinking of making this recipe in May. Now, if […]

Rabbit on the Grill for a BBQ Season Opener

As warm weather tempts Americans to launch our annual outdoor-cooking adventures, most of us are too content with traditional American fare for the grill. Steaks and burgers are fine, but to wow the crowd consider some Italian classics well-suited for the All-American grill, including a rabbit recipe from the region of Molise. Rabbit has lost […]

Cabbage Lasagna with Braised Veal for a Cold Evening

In the old days when I first started cooking I cooked exclusively from cookbooks and I never looked for “easy” recipes or quick recipes—especially on weekends—as I reveled in the all-day affair of cooking. I would look for a particularly involved recipe and I would test myself by following its intricate instructions. Frankly, that’s a […]

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