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

Your 2020 Fall Cooking Bucket List Has Arrived: Recipes to Warm Your Heart and Soul

Fall is one of my favorite times of year. Here's to soups and stews and savory, soul-warming food. Herb Crusted Roast Pork Loin with Shiitake Mushroom Gravy This method for roasting a pork loin is the best I’ve found so far. It yields a juicy, tender roast accented by savory garlic and herbs. Served with … Continue reading Your 2020 Fall Cooking Bucket List Has Arrived: Recipes to Warm Your Heart and Soul

Medianoche Sandwiches

The perfect "midnight" snack, it's easy to see how this sandwich became a staple of the Havana late night scene - after an evening of drinking, dancing and music, this is guaranteed to hit the spot. Also, they're pretty darn good just for dinner. Note: This is more or less the recipe from the movie … Continue reading Medianoche Sandwiches

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

Classic Chicken Marsala

This classic American-Italian Dish is comfort food at it's best. Crank up the Pavarotti, uncork a bottle of wine, and prepare yourself for a meal that will challenge the best New York Italian hole-in-the-wall joint any day. Best part? Easy: 30 minutes start to finish. Ingredients 2 chicken breasts, butterflied in half lengthwise, pounded to … Continue reading Classic Chicken Marsala

Charred Lemon Vinaigrette over Seared Ahi Tuna

Bright, piquant, light and refreshing; the perfect weeknight summer dinner. Serve with a roasted green vegetable and a glass of dry white wine and you've got yourself a real treat. Believe it or not, frozen fish is often times better than the "fresh" fish you find at the supermarket. More often than not, that "fresh" … Continue reading Charred Lemon Vinaigrette over Seared Ahi Tuna

Mussels and Chorizo in Spicy Garlicky Tomato Sauce

This dish combines the bold flavors of Italy and Spain. Simple to make, hearty and delicious, this will likely make it into your regular rotation. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oilApproximately 12oz Spanish Chorizo, sliced into 1/4 inch coins (Note: You want Spanish Chorizo Not Mexican Chorizo. Mexican Chorizo, while delicious, crumbles apart like ground beef. … Continue reading Mussels and Chorizo in Spicy Garlicky Tomato Sauce