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

Craig Claiborne’s Spaghetti with Peas

Since we have been on the topic of peas (last post), I have one more recipe for peas and pasta that I simply must share. I promise, after this one, I’ll stop with the peas. My mother ripped this recipe out of the New York Times Magazine section in April 1964. I don’t recall ever … 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

Roasted Butternut Squash ( from BC)

It’s Spring, and I find myself obsessed with vegetables.  It’s a little too early for grilling them (but I will obsess over that in another few weeks), so I’m roasting them in a hot oven every chance I get. Honestly, you can’t go wrong by just coating them in a good olive oil, salt ( … Continue reading

Meatloaves

When I think of meatloaf, I don’t find myself recalling fond memories of childhood.  My mother did make something she called meatloaf, and as a child I knew no better.  Once I tasted meatloaf in it’s true culinary form, I realized that what my mother made was merely a very large meatball, shaped into a … Continue reading