Tag | comfort food

Quadrucci ~ Making Homemade Pasta Squares with Antonietta

In January, once the kids head back to school (one to Vermont, the other to Michigan) things slow down just a bit in my kitchen. On cold, overcast mornings, I watch from the window as the cardinals and finches vie for space on the backyard feeder. I flip through cookbooks new and old, tagging recipes […]

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Lucky Lentils for the New Year

An end-of-year confession: For many years I have snubbed the Italian tradition of serving lentils on New Year’s Eve in favor of a pot of Hoppin’ John, the Lowcountry classic good luck dish of rice and black-eyed peas. It’s a tradition I picked up when I was living in Detroit. My friend Robin, then the […]

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Pasta e Patate | Pasta and Potatoes

So. Stella was a bust, at least around the Capital Beltway, where we got less than 2 inches of snow and plenty of slush and ice. Still, the forecast for the next few days promises wind and chill. In other words, a good excuse to make pasta e patate ~ pasta with potatoes. Who would […]

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Polpette di Tonno | Tuna “Meatballs”

Ciao! I made these tuna “meatballs” for dinner last night and they were delicious. I posted a photo of them on Instagram and got numerous requests for the recipe, so I am sharing it here. They are stuffed with olives, breaded and fried. Their flavor reminds me of olive Ascololane, the famous meat-stuffed olives of […]

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Stracciatella

Last week when I was sidelined by a bad head cold (low-grade fever, sore throat, massive headaches ~ you know what I mean) this soup saw me through. Composed of just four ingredients ~ broth, egg, spinach, cheese ~ stracciatella is one of the most comforting and nourishing dishes in all of Italian cooking. It’s […]

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Spring Synchronicity

Sometimes ~ not always, but sometimes ~ things fall together nicely. Last week, the respected food and cooking website Serious Eats named The Glorious Vegetables of Italy one of five essential Italian cookbooks. It was a completely unexpected and entirely welcome accolade for one of my favorite “babies” (as I tend to think of my books), […]

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Classic: Budino al Cioccolato

I sometimes feel like I lead two different lives. There’s my (sort of) tidy life here on the blog, where I pop up every week or two (or three) with a new recipe, an anecdote, an update. Then there’s the other life, the one in which I’ve been more or less chained to my stovetop […]

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Agnello alla Cacciatore ~ a Savory Lamb Stew to Welcome 2015

Happy New Year, Dear Readers! I hope you had a relaxing holiday ~ or, if not relaxing (let’s face it, most holidays are anything but), at least an enjoyable one. We hit the road on Christmas Eve, traveling to NJ to spend a few days with my family. Then we continued north to upstate NY […]

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Re-Entry Dish: Zuppa di Cozze

  Fried cheese curds Root beer float 8-ounce ‘gourmet’ burger with bacon, grilled mushrooms, onions and cheese Burnt almond torte Fried whitefish sandwich topped with creamy coleslaw Trio of sliders (Korean beef, corned beef, fried chicken) with a side of fries Creamy morel bisque (emphasis on the cream) Cherry pie Mackinac Island fudge That, my […]

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Weekend Project: Pasticcio di Melanzane

Sure, you could clean the gutters this weekend, or power wash the deck. You could rake leaves or aerate the lawn. You could sweep out the garage or reorganize your closets or put away your summer clothes. There’s something about this time of year that makes us want to put things in order. Unless. Unless you […]

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