Ann & Bev’s (Noodle) Pastiera

If you were to look up “pastiera” in any Italian cookbook, the recipe would most likely be translated as “ricotta and grain pie.” But if there is one thing I’ve learned about Italian cooking, it’s that these names vary from family to family.   In my long- time, dear friend’s family, “pastiera” meant something completely different.   … Continue reading

Florence’s Stuffed Clams

With Christmas Eve just around the corner, I start counting my fishes. I count my blessings as well, but Christmas Eve is all about fish….seven different types of fish, to be exact. So I begin planning our menu for this feast of feasts…the mother of all feasts.   Most Italian families consider Christmas Eve to be … Continue reading

Bucatini with Amatriciana Tomato Sauce

It’s Fall and cherry tomatoes have lost their appeal, but Sunday comes every week and we Italians need a red sauce.  For most of my childhood, this meant meat sauce with meatballs and all sorts of “gravy meat,” such as beef and pork ribs, sausage and braciole.   (You’ll find my recipe for Sunday gravy under … Continue reading

Eggs in Gravy (Eggs In Purgatory)

Eggs in Gravy, as we used to call it, was a usual Friday night meatless meal in our family growing up, especially during Lenten season.  I believe it is now commonly referred to as Eggs in Purgatory.  That definitely sounds more religious.  I forget about this dish all year long, but as soon as Lent begins, … Continue reading

Marcella Hazan’s Veal Scaloppine with Tomatoes

Ever since Marcella Hazan died in late September, I’ve been wanting to post my favorite recipe of her’s, but it wasn’t easy to pick.  My sister gave me her first cookbook, “The Classic Italian Cookbook” in 1980, and I think I spent the next 5 years making almost every recipe in it.  Her recipes are … Continue reading