Carbonara, The Real Thing

About Carbonara there are plenty of annedocts, old and new, and sometimes quite funny! It is one of those dishes that one will get it right, once every four tries! First myth to dispel; the story of humble and industrious shepherds (or charcoal burners) who since the dawn of time have seasoned their spaghetti with […]

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More on Pistachio

I just said that there is a pistachio mania lately, and it just so happen that I saw another recipe with pistachio that I had to try. I read it carefully and what I liked was the use of lemon zest, which–I thought would make the dish fresh and zingy, just right for the season […]

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Last Minute Spaghetti that Never Fails

There are a few dishes that  ever fail to save the day.  The first one  is “Spaghetti Oil & Garlic, ” from there it can be upgraded to “spaghetti oil & garlic AND peperoncino” the spicy one 🌶, best if fresh; then “spaghetti with the above + anchovies.” Eventually, add capers, and freshhly chopped parsley […]

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ITALIAN FAST FOOD

For all those “I Don’t know what to cook” moments… I think we all have those moments, maybe even the great chefs have them.  Usually the spaghetti garlic, oil, and hot pepper solve a hot meal adequately.  Eventually we can solve it with the “let’s get a pizza“ moment. But aside from those solutions, when […]

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Radicchio

Radicchio is that beautiful and eye-catching vegetable that makes the joy of every photographer when strolling at any Farmers’ Market in Italy. You’ll see it from now, until the beginning of March. I helps replenish our diets with the needed vitamins (A & B), and minerals. It is pronounced raˈdikkjo.  Radicchio is the result of […]

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Pumpkin Risotto

Looks like we are going to be monitored again this falll. We may as well move to the kitchen and start cooking again. With the new wave of contagions even private gatherings should be limited to 6 persons. So I have still hope for Thanksgiving dinner. We can still carve a pumpkin 🎃 to put […]

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A New Trend: Bigoli & Meatballs

The Thorny Issue of Spaghetti & Meatballs This dish that is the most loved one by Americans of all ages—it ranks 14th as most iconic food on a Huffingtonpost poll! Italians claim they never saw it here (and so did I…), although I debated my thesis in MEATBALLS: WITH OR WITHOUT SPAGHETTI. But let’s be honest.., […]

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In Italian “Mushrooms “ = “Porcini”

Boletus edulis: “A fungus that grows in deciduous and coniferous forests and tree plantations.” But we prefer to call it Porcino. It seems less intellectual and more edible! Porcino is a prized ingredient in various culinary dishes, it is held in high regard in Italian cuisine mostly in the northern area, where Porcini are found […]

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Cold Rice Salad with … Whatever You Like

As high temperatures set in, there is a dish that makes its appearance unfailingly at my table, which is the Cold Rice Salad.  It is simple, versatile, good and fresh, and relatively low in calories. A dish that anyone can tailor to his/her fancies like nothing else.   Uncle Ben’s ”Al Dente!” In Italy, there […]

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Take a Tomato…

Simple The essence of Italian cuisine is its simplicity. Although, it evolved through centuries of political and social changes, with roots dating back to the 4th century BC. Italian cuisine itself was influenced by the cuisine of ancient Greece, ancient Rome, Byzantine, Jewish and Arabic; Italian cuisine maintained its simplicity thru the centuries, always relaying […]

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Dressing Every Shape of Pasta

Pasta for Italians is a serious matter. Italy is the world leader both in production, with over 3.2 million tons, and in consumption (read eating), with the approximately 24 kg per ”Italian-head” per year. Each region, has its own recipe and each region has its favorite format among the over 300 shapes of pasta that […]

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Sage Pesto – For a Change

Almond & Sage Now that sage blooms beautifully it’s compelling to consider some out of the ordinary ways to use this fragrant herb in the kitchen. Sage & Almond Pesto is just the thing, to solve those “what am I going to cook today?” moments. Actually, some time ago a friend invited me to dinner […]

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