Lobster Fra Diavolo with Spaghetti

With the celebration of Labor Day over and done, I turn my sights to the Holidays.  Well, not really, but they will be here before you know it.   Don’t worry….I’m not going to start posting holiday recipes for some time to come.  I’m still grilling and enjoying the summer bounty.  However, when I was asked … Continue reading

Cousin Richard’s Summer Pasta

Looking for that perfect, light, summer pasta dish for a warm, sunny Sunday?  Well you can wish to be invited to dinner at my cousin Richard’s house, or you can make his recipe at your house.   It’s perfect for any day of the week, actually.  But you know us Italians……Sunday means pasta, even in the … Continue reading

Pasta with Asparagus and Peas (Primavera)

Pasta Primavera can typically be made using all, or some, of Spring’s finest bounty.  My favorite way, however, of making this dish is with asparagus and fresh spring peas.   The simple flavors of asparagus and peas go so well together, especially when sautéed with shallots, garlic, olive oil and butter.   All you need after that … Continue reading

Orecchiette with Broccoli-Rabe & Sausage

In honor of my dad….a signature dish from his place of birth, the Puglia region of Italy. To be specific, he was born  in Santeramo in Colle, Provincia di Bari, Puglia, Italy. Recipe:  serves 4 1 pound orecchiette ( a Puglia pasta, named for the shape it resembles, “little ears”). 1/4 cup olive oil 4 … Continue reading

My Hearty Pasta e Fagioli (Beans)

Looking for a hearty dish to make for dinner? If you live in the two thirds of our country that’s in a deep freeze right now, I’m quite sure you are! With these frigid temperatures and snowstorms that are plaguing most of our country, we need a meal that warms our hearts, souls, and bodies. … Continue reading

Spaghetti all Gricia

  If you love Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe and/or Pasta Carbonara, stand back! The best is yet to come. Spaghetti alla Gricia is a delicious variation of the two, and just as easy. While my mom often made a dish something like this with peas (bacon, onion, olive oil), it wasn’t until I was watching … Continue reading

Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe is a Roman pasta dish that boasts that it only uses 3 ingredients…cheese, pepper and pasta. When in Rome, this dish will be prepared tableside, in a giant wheel of pecorino cheese, indeed just using the cheese, pepper and spaghetti. A little bit of pasta water mixes in to make it a … Continue reading

Acini di Pepe (tiny pasta) with Eggs

After weeks and weeks of rich, high fat, sugary foods, my stomach called out to me for some simple, wholesome nourishment. After weeks of complicated “holiday” recipes that took hours to make, and never look like the picture anyway, I desperately desired some “simple” food.   And the simpler, the better! I found myself alone in … Continue reading

Fusilli with Collards (the forgotten pasta)

I recently was looking through my folder of pasta recipes that I’ve collected over the years, and I came across this beautifully handwritten recipe for fusilli with collard greens.   As usual, the memoires started flooding back to me. My (non- Italian) friend brought this to me one day in 1990, and said, “I made this … Continue reading

Crab Sauce over Spaghetti

Some of my fondest food memories are from the Jersey Shore. “Down the shore” is where you’ll find some of the best fast food in our country. I’m sure you’re salivating right now just thinking about the sausage and peppers sandwiches, pizza, zeppole, clams on the half, Kohl’s custard…and the list goes on and on. … Continue reading