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Pasta, Recipes

Pasta with Broccoli Rabe & all the Salty Italian things that make it good

 

 This is a winter pasta that I make every 2 weeks or so because I love these flavors together and it always makes me feel good when I’m eating pasta with something green. While living in Italy, I really acquired a love for bitter vegetables. We ate so many varieties […]

Appetizers, Recipes

Russian Salad

 

 In my family, up until the 1980s, it was a tradition to start the new year with a menu that included an appetizer with boiled corned beef tongue and Russian salad, followed by tortellini in broth and boiled meat with mustard. The Russian salad was rigorously prepared at home, possibly […]

Recipes, Salads

The Salty Sweet & A Little Bitter Salad

 

 I often disregard the really simple recipes I put together from things I have in the fridge. However, my sister was with me on New Year’s Day and I made this salad for her. The next day she sent me a picture of the same salad that she had recreated, […]

Pasta, Recipes, Vegetables

Potato Gnocchi with Creamy Leek Sauce

 

 Mid October and we haven’t had steady rain in months now. Today it decided to rain cats & dogs all day so I was finally in the mood to make something that was warming and comforting. Gnocchi are one of those simple, completely satisfying things that I make on a […]

Fish, Recipes

Trout Salad

 

 Simple, clean flavors with beautiful color – that’s what I think of when I think of Italian food. My mother-in-law sent this picture over from Italy and I felt like I was back there —fortunately I was lucky enough to be at the house when Attilio (Andrea’s uncle) would drop […]

Fish, Recipes

Grilled Tuna and Provençal Summer Vegetables

 

 On Saturday mornings I walk to Wakefield Farmer’s Market by the big lake to get the freshest and best priced fish I’ve found from a fisherman named Bob (of Roberto’s Seafood). This week I got two nice pieces of tuna and was staring sadly at the last of my summer […]

Appetizers, Appetizers, Recipes

Insalata Russa

 

 Nella mia famiglia, fino agli anni 80, era tradizione iniziare l’anno nuovo con un menù che prevedeva un antipasto con lingua salmistrata e insalata russa, a seguire tortellini in brodo e il lesso con la mostarda. L’insalata russa veniva rigorosamente preparata in casa, con verdure possibilmente fresche o in barattolo […]

Recipes, Vegetables

Cherry Tomatoes with 4 Flavors

 

 Stuffed tomatoes are a good idea for a summer lunch or dinner. This dish comes in 4 different versions that can be cooked together like I did. This way you can satisfy the tastes of most people with a few ingredients. The common element is the 4 preparations is bread […]

Fish, Recipes

Leftovers Tuna Patties

 

 This recipe is based loosely on the meatballs Andrea’s grandma used to make us in Italy from leftover boiled meat, eggs from the chickens, and stale bread. They were unlike anything I had every tried, warming and comforting with such an efficient use of leftovers which I greatly admired. They […]