Category Old World

Pesto with Penne, Roasted Asparagus and Grilled Chicken

Finally, the Pesto Pasta of My Dreams Assembling this pasta has four steps, all of which are super easy.

Penne Alla Vodka

Another beloved Italian-American Classic, this basic dish will rival anything you might get at your local red-and-white checkered tablecloth joint and comes together in about 30 minutes.

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 […]

Maple Butter Roast Chicken with Rosemary and Thyme

Celebrate Autumn with this succulent roast chicken. I think this might be the best roast chicken I’ve ever made. It is all at once lightly sweet, salty, just a little sticky (like BBQ sauce) and beautifully savory.

Frenched Rack of Lamb

This method will rival the best French Restaurants, yet is simple and easy enough for any home cook. The hardest part is finding a Frenched rack of lamb. Ask your butcher to do it for you, or keep in mind that lamb chops and lamb loin chops, or even a boneless leg of lamb will […]

Killer Garlic Bread with Roasted Garlic

This garlic bread is so good that it’s easy to eat it in place of eating dinner by mistake (my wife did this last night).  For whatever reason, it is highly addictive.  Also, it’s guaranteed to keep the vampires away but won’t leave you feeling like a giant bulb of garlic due to the fact that […]

Quick Basic Breakfast Skillet

Many recipes for breakfast skillets take about an hour to complete, because they have you adding water to your skillet with the potatoes.  You have to wait a least 40 minutes for your potatoes to cook through.  In the morning, if I’m hungry and hankering for a good old fashioned breakfast skillet, I ain’t got […]

Pasta with Shrimp and Lots of Vegetables

This simple pasta dish comes together in less than 30 minutes and is both healthy and delicious.  Serve with whatever pasta you like and a nice hunk of garlic bread to mop up the sauce. A word on shrimp:  That “fresh” shrimp you see on ice behind the glass case at your grocery store isn’t […]

Antipasto Salad

This salad is a meal in itself.  Variety is the key here:  Do what you like, but be sure to include lots of different veggies, greens and Italian deli meats.  Also, be sure to make the dressing from scratch – the dressing really livens up the salad, and since you’re having salad for dinner, you […]

Tuscan Style Roasted Red-Pepper and Tomato Basil Soup

This recipe is a riff on classic tomato soup, but the addition of fresh basil and roasted red-peppers bring it a superior depth and a fresh, vegetal brightness that truly elevates this dish to the next level.  Serve with grilled cheese, in a bread bowl, with a rustic hunk of French bread, with soup crackers […]