Pasta with Caramelized Lemons

Bright and fresh and quick to make.  Celery leaves!  Who knew? From my new favorite food writer, Melissa Clark of the NY Times.   INGREDIENTS 4 lemons 1 pound linguine or spaghetti 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, more for drizzling 1 teaspoon kosher salt, more as needed   Pinch of sugar 3 tablespoons unsalted butter ¾ teaspoon chile flakes, more to taste ⅔ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, more to taste   Black pepper, […]

Campanelle with Butternut Squash and Herbed Breadcrumbs

Delicious classic Fall flavors and easy to make.  I’m ready for a temperature drop! Serves 4 Kosher salt 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil 1 large leek, white and light-green parts only, rinsed well and thinly sliced 1-1/2 cups 1/4-inch-diced butternut squash 1 cup lower-salt chicken broth 1-1/2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme 1-1/2 tsp. chopped fresh […]

Asparagus, Lemon and Walnut Pasta

I think this took just 15 minutes altogether–and I was good.  I didn’t include bacon or pancetta . . . but it would have been so easy to do!  The creamy (no cream, no butter) asparagus sauce made this taste like thousands of calories.  Five stars!   8 ounces dried spaghetti (or pasta of your choice) […]

Fresh Ricotta Gnudi with Hazelnuts and Sage

I finally know what I want to be when I grow up–an Italian grandmother who makes unbelievable pastas and that’s all anyone will ever want to eat. I had a couple moments of absolute fulfillment on Sunday when I made homemade ricotta cheese and fresh gnudi.  Check out the photo — YES, I MADE THOSE! […]

Midnight Spaghetti with Breadcrumbs and Pepper

It’s tough cooking on one leg.  My hours are all upside down right now because of naps that occur without a moment’s notice.  Maybe it’s narcolepsy?  I took a nap rather than making dinner the other night, and I woke up so hungry, so I decided to become Italian for one night and had Spaghetti […]

Spaghettini and Shrimp with Toasted Chile Crumbs

It’s still winter here, and tomatoes look like . . . well, except that they’re kind of round, they still don’t look much like tomatoes right now.  So, summer tomatoes probably sends this recipe over the top, but my mom gave me some heirlooms that were pretty darn good.  This is very quick to make […]

Pasta with Bacon, Walnuts and Blue Cheese

I went to watch my friend Gail dance in a ballroom dancing competition, and I’ve finally come to terms with the idea that my secret dreams of going on So, You Think You Can Dance and making Mary Murphy stand up and cry are over.  I can’t even walk in heels anymore, much less dance […]

Spaghetti with Tomato Conserva, Pancetta and Romano

Football,  and pasta.  Thank you Fine Cooking (for the pasta part).   On a day when my picks for my football pool went down in flames, I comforted myself with a delicious pasta with the end of summer tomatoes. This is really a Pasta d’Amatriciana, but with more deeply flavored tomatoes. Give yourself time in […]

Bucatini d’Amatriciana

MMMMM–mmmm-mmmmm–mmmmmm-MMMMMMMMMM! Maybe needs a splash of white wine between the carrots and the tomatoes, but this has a high yummmability factor! 3 T. olive oil 4 oz thinly sliced guanciale or pancetta, cut in 3/4″ pieces freshly cracked pepper to taste 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 small carrot,minced 1/2 onion, minced 1/2 t. crushed red […]

White Cheddar Mac and Cheese with Sausage and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

DEE-LISH-HUSS!   INGREDIENTS: 2½ cups milk 2½ cups heavy cream 12 oz. white cheddar, grated 8 oz. crumbled and cooked Italiain sausage, 3 oz. crumbled cambazola cheese ½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes ½ cup caramelized onions ⅓ cup thinly sliced scallions 4 slices cooked bacon, chopped Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste […]