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Fresh Tomato & Herb Sauce

Tweet This traditional recipe has been passed down from generation to generation by Pellegrino Artusi, gastronome (a connoisseur of good food) and author of Science in the Kitchen and The Art of Eating Well, published in 1891. Use only the freshest  and finest quality ingredients for the best results. Artusi suggests straining the sauce but, I prefer […]

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Lasagna Summer Salad

Lasagna Summer Salad

Tweet This salad has the taste of summer written all over it! Vine-ripened, sweet, juicy tomatoes, fresh ricotta and a simple light basil pesto transform the traditional hearty lasagna. Okay, it’s not really lasagna but, I did use lasagna noodles. The pasta is layered with mozzarella and ricotta (same as lasagna) but, in place of […]

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Pasta Piccata

Tweet One of my favorite dishes is piccatina di vitello al limone, which translated, means veal piccata. Realizing I had no meat in the refrigerator and not wanting to go to the market, I turned to a pantry staple … pasta. The farfalle absorbs the tasty tangy sauce, creating a meal that is both quick […]

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Jacob’s Lentil Soup

Tweet Referring to the lentil soup his brother was cooking, Esau said to Jacob,  “Let me gulp down some of that red stuff, I am famished.” (Gen. 25:30) This biblical verse goes on to explain that Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of this pottage, which has become a metaphor to describe giving away […]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts Soup with Crostini

Tweet Who among us doesn’t love soup? It warms our bodies from the inside out on cold chilly days and it soothes our souls when we’re in need of a bit of comforting. Even if you are not a huge fan of Brussels sprouts, I encourage you to give this recipe a try. The tiny […]

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Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Tweet This is a simple pasta dish that can be ready in the time it takes for the spaghetti to cook. The original Roman version uses guanciale (cured pork jowl), Pecorino-Romano cheese and raw eggs. You may substitute pancetta (Italian bacon) or bacon for the pork and Parmigiano Reggiano for the the Pecorino. By mixing […]

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Macaroni and Peas

Tweet When I was growing up, we called “all” pasta maccherone, regardless of its shape. My grandmother made this particular recipe with spaghetti and canned peas. I use orecchiette instead of long pasta (strands), because it captures the tiny peas perfectly. I also prefer to use frozen peas rather than canned because I think they […]

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Risotto alla Milanese

Tweet Risotto alla Milanese is the traditional accompaniment to Osso Bucco. The Northern Italian dish gets its lovely, vibrant color from saffron. Perhaps the worlds most expensive spice, saffron is derived from the flower of an ancient member of the crocus family with Mediterranean origins. Each plant can bear up to four flowers but, there […]

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Farro with Roasted Butternut Squash & Fried Sage Leaves

Tweet Farro is an ancient grain with a delicious, nutty flavor and chewy texture. Butternut squash is a hard winter vegetable and when roasted has a sweet flavor similar to that of a yam or sweet potato. Now add fresh, fried sage leaves with its warm, subtle, earthy essence and you have a delicious dish […]

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Capellini and Clams

Tweet Canned clams are an economical, low-fat source of protein and can be used to make soups, stews and pasta dishes. I use wild-caught, Maine Whole Cherrystone Clams for this dish (available at various markets and Trader Joe’s). The ingredients for this quick and easy meal are pantry staples so, dinner can be ready in […]

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