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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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Tortellini Salad with Red Pepper Hummus Vinaigrette

Tweet This boldly flavored warm pasta salad is a crowd-pleaser and a great dish to bring to a pot-luck. The Kalamata olives compliment the red pepper hummus and for more of a Greek taste, add the optional feta cheese and use a Greek olive oil. Store-bought tortellini and a dressing quickly made from hummus will […]

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Summer Spaghetti

Summer Spaghetti

Tweet In Sicilian cooking, green olives and capers go together like pine nuts and currants and the classic combination gives personality to this bursting-with-flavor pasta dish. This is a fresh sauce with no cooking required. The ingredients are merely chopped and combined and rest in the refrigerator overnight. The next day let the sauce come […]

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