Risotto Primavera

Just a few more days until the calendar tells us it is springtime….”primavera” in Italian.  I, for one, am thoroughly done with winter.  I’m sick of wool coats, boots, gloves and root vegetables.  Yes, I’ve had it up here with root vegetables.  I long for seasonal asparagus, sweet peas, zucchini and dandelions.    We are fortunate to … Continue reading

Pasta Asciutta

“Asciutta” means dry in Italian, and doesn’t usually refer for food, but when referring to pasta it means dry or without sauce.  When I first heard about this pasta dish, I must say that I was very skeptical.   There’s only three ingredients…peas, grated Italian cheese and pasta.   How good could this taste? Well, in one … Continue reading

Farrotto with Asparagus and Peas

Are you wondering what “farrotto” is?  I’m not sure if this is a correct culinary term, but this is what I call risotto made with farro instead of rice.  I certainly don’t want to take credit for this term, as I’m sure I saw it on a menu somewhere.  I’m just not that clever!  But … 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