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Summer Recipe: Spaghetti with ricotta and zucchini

Out of the many recipes of pasta with ricotta, this is in my opinion the best one.  I modified slightly from a book called Pasta Fresca, written in 1988 by Viana Kleiman. Of note, I could not make this recipe for 20 or so years because there was no good ricotta in the USA.  Fortunately […]

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Octopus

(For 3-4 people) There are few dishes that chefs screw up as much as this one—too often, octopus served in restaurants tastes like bland rubber. Yet, if cooked well, this is one of my preferred dishes. But, for that I have to cook it myself. Part of the key is making sure that you get […]

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Two Great Shrimp Recipes

(For 4) These are two very different, easy, and excellent shrimp recipes. I like to make them at the same time, dividing the shrimp half and half among the two to see which of them my guests prefer. Usually, it is about 50/50. Note: These same recipes will work with other crustaceans, you just need […]

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Risotto alla Marinara

(For 8 people) A long time ago, I started writing some of my favorite recipes into my “little green book,” a bound green notebook. My daughter, Martina, was just eleven years old at the time, and she liked rating my recipes with Betti. Anytime I prepared a new recipe, Betti, Martina, and any guest who […]

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Canned Tomatoes – A Cooking Basic

Although many recipes are very good when you use store-bought canned tomatoes (like Pomì), they reach the next level of excellence when you can use tomatoes you have canned yourself.  My wife and I discovered this when we lived in the Chicago area, and found many varieties of beautiful heirloom tomatoes at a local farmer’s […]

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Flounder or Halibut With Mussels and Tomato

(For 4-6  people) Last week, I visited one of my favorite butchers in Oak Park, IL – a place called Carnivore.  I saw a giant flounder in their fish case and decided to try it.  This recipe is the one I created for the 5.5 pound (2.5 kg) fish I bought from Ciro, the chef […]

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Limoncello

(VERY EASY TO MAKE) My favorite summertime after-dinner digestivo is the limoncello made from the lemon trees in my mother’s yard in Calabria. You can purchase limoncello in many locations in Italy and the US, but the pre-packaged bottles are never as good as the ones made from those homegrown, freshly-picked Calabrian lemons. I’ve found […]

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Baked Pheasant

Photo from http://www.dartagnan.com/herb-roasted-pheasant-recipe.html As discussed in my previous blog, I went to my local grocery store in the Lake Tahoe area to buy food for dinner. As I was looking at their selection of meats and foul, I found two frozen pheasants. This is the second recipe is for baked pheasant stuffed with Italian sausage, capers, bread […]

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Pan-fried Pheasant with Grapes and Walnuts

A couple of weeks ago, while I was in the Lake Tahoe area, I went to my local grocery store to buy food for dinner. As I was looking at their selection of meats and foul, I found two frozen pheasants. I’ve never cooked pheasant before, so I bought it.   I looked through some […]

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Zuppa di Pesce, Seafood Stew (or Cioppino)

I was in San Francisco at a famous Italian restaurant many years ago and saw a menu item called Cioppino. I had never heard of it. Out of curiosity I ordered it. It was a variation of a classic Southern Italian fish soup in a tomato base, but they had put too much tomato! You […]

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