Shrimp in Madeira Sauce with Cherry Tomatoes and Crispy Shallots

I’ve made this for my mom, and two sets of friends and the verdict is that this is DUH-LICIOUS.  Easy to make and wonderful flavors — I added a big pinch of Aleppo pepper because I’m in love with it.  It’s so good, it’ll help you forget (for a few minutes) the mess that our […]

Pasta alla Gricia

A 15 minute dinner from beginning to end with few ingredients — super delicious and so easy to make.   Be sure to save a cup of the water you cook the pasta in.  I’m straight up licking every drop off my fingers, it’s that good. INGREDIENTS Kosher salt, to taste 1 pound spaghetti 1 […]

Lemony Cacio e Pepe e Pancetta e Limone e Arugula

Super fast to make AND contains all the major food groups:  pancetta, pasta, cheese and garlic, and lemon and arugula which are good for you. From my new cookbook by my new best friend, Chrissy Teigen (shhhhh — she doesn’t know it yet)! INGREDIENTS Kosher salt 12 ounces dried spaghetti 1/4 pound (about 3/4 cup) […]

Marcela Hazan’s Bolognese Sauce

A long lazy Sunday with this braising slowly on the stove.  So worth the wait! INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 3 tablespoons butterplus 1 tablespoon for tossing the pasta ½ cup chopped onion ⅔ cup chopped celery ⅔ cup chopped carrot ¾ pound ground beef chuck (or you can use 1 part pork to 2 parts beef)  Salt  Black pepper, ground fresh from the mill 1 cup whole milk  Whole […]

Fresh Ricotta

Three minutes of active time — then let it sit on the counter to drain for 20 minutes or so.  Why WOULDN’T you make it? Ingredients 4 cups whole milk 2 cups heavy cream 1 teaspoon kosher salt 3 tablespoons good white wine vinegar Directions Set a large sieve over a deep bowl. Dampen 2 […]

Baked Penne with Italian Sausage and Creamy Ricotta

This is my favorite comfort food this year.   You can make it any way that works for you, but it is only sublime with homemade ricotta which takes only 3 minutes of active time — 15 minutes of just letting it sit in a sieve to drain — and which tastes NOTHING like that […]

Baked Stuffed Shells with Burrata and Butternut Squash

I have been cooking . . . a lot. But school interferes with free time, and my recipes are stacking up.  Time to retire!  Eventually. This is my new favorite pasta — 15 minute prep time and then put it in the oven(Kim!). Delicious autumn-y, cheesy, lemony comfort food. INGREDIENTS 1 medium butternut squash, halved […]

Pasta with Slow Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic Confit and Summer Corn

Taste of Summer   Every time I turn on the radio or television in the past several days, someone is talking about the end of summer.  When the heck did summer end in August?  Don’t we get until at least the third week in September?  So, I started feeling nervous — tomatoes are about the […]

Tagliatelle with Walnuts and Lemon

If Yotam Ottolenghi was my personal chef, I could be vegetarian full-time.  The recipes in his new book Plenty More are dazzling in their riot of colors, and immensely satisfying without being chef-fy fussy.  This recipe took about 20 to 25 minutes from start to table.  Lemon tamed by a little cream completes a silky sage-y sauce […]

Pasta al Limone

A delicious 10 minute after work dinner. The problem with lemony dishes like this is that the tartness and sometimes bitterness of the lemons can spoil what should be a yummy meal. The amount of pasta water, olive oil and cream pulls the ph level of the acidity way down to make a truly wonderful […]