Spaghetti with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Obtaining recipes from chefs in restaurants was very common in my family.  Before 1980, there weren’t many Italian cookbooks.  We relied on our family recipes and those of our friends.  However, if we went to dinner at a restaurant, and particularly loved a dish, we would ask to speak with the chef, and one of … Continue reading

Pumpkin Tortelloni with Autumn Vegetables

I’m not sure if I should categorize this dish as a soup or as a pasta, but either way, it’s a winner.  This dish saved our family Thanksgiving many years ago.  For the first 25 or so years of my life, we began our Thanksgiving feast as all traditional, old fashioned Italian families do, with … Continue reading

Spaghetti with Zucchini

I’m not sure if this was true of all Italian families, but when I was young, my mother had a routine for what she made for dinner each night of the week.  As a mater of fact, this was true of all my relatives as well.  For instance, if I ate at a cousin’s house … Continue reading

Uncle Dick’s Penne alla Vodka

Vodka sauce is not anything you’ll ever see me order in a restaurant or take on a buffet line (why is it always there??).  It can be too heavy, too creamy, too garlicky, or just plain too boring at times.  You really don’t know what you’re going to get.  So why am I sharing my … Continue reading

Pesto Sauce with Potatoes and String Beans

Do we really need another recipe for pesto sauce?  By this time of year, I’ve had it up to here with pesto.  During the summer months, I always have large pots of basil growing on my deck, and I can’t resist whipping up some variation of a pesto sauce in a moment’s notice.  Doesn’t everyone … Continue reading

Pasta Alla Norma (A Variation)

Since we’re on the topic of eggplant these days, I’m hoping that by now, you’ve conquered your fears and realize that it’s an easy and delicious vegetable to cook.  So let me introduce to you “Pasta Alla Norma.”  Pasta Alla Norma is a traditional dish in Sicilian cuisine.  When I first was introduced to this … Continue reading

Penne with Roasted Tomato Sauce

2001 was the year of the “cherry tomato.”  When I look through my folder of pasta recipes, I laugh at all the different recipes using cherry tomatoes that my friends and I shared during this period.  We were crazy for these red, juicy, flavorful little tomatoes.  Over the years, we have seen yellow ones, orange … Continue reading

Spaghetti with Cherry Tomato Sauce and Basil

When I think of the Amalfi Coast of Italy, with it’s dramatic coastline and picturesque seaside towns, I recall so many happy memories with family and friends.  My mind will forever hold on to my “mental snapshots” of the moments shared in this special place.  From the Isle of Capri, to the beautiful city of … Continue reading

Pasta with Sweet Bell Peppers

This sauce basically consists of only sweet bell peppers and olive oil.  Yes, we need a little salt and pepper and maybe some hot red pepper flakes, but honestly it is the flavor from the peppers and olive oil that makes this sauce good enough to eat with a spoon, without even the pasta. I’ve … Continue reading

Summertime Pasta

This pasta dish is full of wonderful, fresh, summer ingredients.  For some strange reason, it tastes best when eaten outdoors on a beautiful spring or summer day.  We serve it room temperature, so it can sit on a picnic buffet table all afternoon.  We love it and make it often in the spring and summer … Continue reading