Ragù Bolognese

Step aside Marinara Meat Sauce, Ragù Bolognese is without doubt the Queen of Italian sauces. This stick to your ribs pasta will warm your heart and soul any time of year. So yeah, this takes 4-5 hours to make, but the good news is that using the oven-braise technique means that you don't have to … Continue reading Ragù Bolognese

Panko Parmesan Crusted Chicken Piccata

This twist on an Italian classic uses Japanese panko bread crumbs to create a delicate yet irresistibly crisp breading on the outside of lightly fried chicken cutlets which are then served with a savory and tangy pan sauce over angel hair pasta. Time: 45-60 minutes Level:  Easy/Intermediate Cost: About $4-6 per plate Serves: 4- 6 … Continue reading Panko Parmesan Crusted Chicken Piccata

Paella: How to Make an Edible Art

    “If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez Paella is that it is a social dish.    It's built - layer by layer - in one pan and served at the … Continue reading Paella: How to Make an Edible Art

Flatbread Pizza

Depending on how many different types of pizza you want to make, this can either be a relatively quick endeavor or part of an afternoon. I like to make several types of pizza, baking them one or two at a time during a football game or Sunday afternoon get together. Make a pizza, eat a … Continue reading Flatbread Pizza

Corned Beef and Cabbage

I vaguely remember my mom attempting to make this St. Patrick's Day classic one time during my childhood.  As I remember, it involved braising the corned beef by itself in beef broth in the slow cooker, all while every burner on the stove was taken up cooking each ingredient - carrots, potatoes, cabbage, onions - … Continue reading Corned Beef and Cabbage

Authentic Pesto Genovese

This is it. The real thing. Made according to the very specific instructions of the Genoese Pesto Societies. Introduction Note: I normally try to avoid lengthy introductions on recipe blogs so I always try to keep my comments short and to the point; however, this one is worth the read. Still, you can skip ahead … Continue reading Authentic Pesto Genovese

Rustic White Bread

Unlike the Basic Artisan Bread which is a no-knead version that takes 24 hours to rise, this version takes about 4 hours start to finish. Ingredients: 1. 16oz All-Purpose flour (about 3 cups), plus perhaps another 1/2 cup for work surface kneading 2. 2 teaspoons Kosher salt 3. 3/4 teaspoon active dry or instant yeast … Continue reading Rustic White Bread

Bruschetta

This makes for a great appetizer or even a light dinner. Follow these tips to elevate your brushetta game from great to magnificent. Note: The instructions below recommend that you toast the bread while finishing the bruschetta - this is mostly for efficiency. If you don't feel like you can keep an eye on the … Continue reading Bruschetta

Pasta with Parmesan, Sage and Brown Butter

Pasta. Sage. Brown Butter. Parmesan. That's it. This four ingredient pasta comes together in just a few minutes and is far greater than the sum of its parts. Ingredients: 1. 1 lb tubular pasta (such as penne), cooked just shy of al dente (about one minute less than package directions) 2. Large handful (approximately 1.5 … Continue reading Pasta with Parmesan, Sage and Brown Butter