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

TRADITIONAL MEAT SAUCE (OR “GRAVY” OR “RAGU”)

Last Sunday I was making my very first post on this blog, “Little Nonni’s Baked Spaghetti” for a family dinner celebrating my daughter’s birthday.    I then realized that my recipe for traditional meat sauce (or “gravy or “ragu” as we Italians call it) is hidden within this recipe, way back in the archives of … Continue reading

Pappardelle with Sausage and Red Peppers

I’ve become a bit of a “Mamma Agata Groupie!”  I just can’t stop making (and sharing with you) the fabulous dishes that we made in our cooking class with her.  Since it’s summertime here, I can get fresh, farm produce and am able to almost duplicate the delicate flavors that are characteristic of her cooking.  When … 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

Baked Rice and Mozzarella Pie

As mentioned in my last post, this Baked Rice and Mozzarella Pie recipe was the side dish that always accompanied chicken or veal parmigiana (see last week’s post) in my family growing up.  It might seem like too much cheese or too much sauce to you for one meal, but believe me, it works.  That being … Continue reading

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

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

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

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