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Grilled Lamb Steak

Grilled Lamb Steak

Lamb Steak (for 2 people, or for 1 hungry person) When I need to cook something quick and delicious, I buy a lamb steak (or several steaks if I plan to come home with friends), and a mixture of mushrooms. See also my recipe for Mushrooms Trifolati. Ingredients 1 lamb steak with the bone in 1/8cup […]

Roasted Sea Bass with Potatoes, Olives, and Tomatoes

This is such a simple and fast recipe to prepare, and it is always delicious!  Try it, and let me know what you think. Ingredients 2 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced into  1/4-inch thick rounds 1 lb. tomatoes, cut into large chunks ¾ cup pitted green olives ¼ cup torn basil leaves ½ […]

Eggplant Parmigiana

Eggplant Parmigiana (for 4 – 6 people)

I rarely see this wonderful Southern Italian dish on menus in Italian restaurants in the US.  But the Parmigiana is one of those “comfort foods” that every Italian knows and loves.  I remember coming back home to Calabria from the US one evening after many travel delays.  I didn’t get home until after midnight, and […]

Poke – Italian Style (Pesce crudo) for 8 people

While in Lahaina, Maui a few years ago, I tried an Italian re-imagination of the famous Hawaiian “poke” recipe.  Typically, poke is raw sashimi-style fish that’s been marinated in soy sauce and tossed with onion or spicy mayonnaise.  But at the Italian restaurant in Lahaina, which has closed during the intervening years, they served Hamachi […]

Steak Tartar

Try this recipe if you like raw meat—otherwise, no need to keep reading!  I love it, although the first time I tried it, at the Café de Paris in Roma when I was 18, I found it disgusting. Now, every time I go to a French Bistro, I order a Tartar. Of course I had […]

My Steak Recipe

Years ago, I perfected an easy marinade for just about any cut of steak.  It requires just about 20 minutes of preparation before you cook it, so it’s a fast recipe for when you come home after a long day at work. It is a fantastic recipe, simply the best steak—with the exception of the […]

Florentine steak ( Bistecca alla Fiorentina)

The Bistecca alla Fiorentina is the classic preparation of steak that originated in Florence, Italy (Firenze). It’s a simple recipe, but it requires that you cook it exactly as described below.   Since many stores don’t have pre-cut steaks as thick as required, you will need to ask your butcher to cut the steak for you […]

Acciughe (Sardines) in umido (option: pasta with sardine)

Acciughe (Sardines) in umido (option: pasta with sardines)  Not too long ago, I cooked sardines for me,  my daughter, and a group of her friends.  I found the sardines fresh at Whole Foods and bought them because I wanted something tasty, and at the same time healthy, to keep me in shape.  The recipe came […]

Poor Man’s Dinner: Potatoes and Italian Sausage (Patate e Salsiccia)

This is a fantastic dish.  It’s simple and phenomenally good.  I’ve never seen it at a restaurant, but I make it at home whenever I want a savory dinner that’s easy to prepare. Ingredients 4 Italian sausages (I prefer the spicy version of Italian sausage, but you can also get mild) 6 medium gold potatoes […]

Il Polpettone: “the big meat ball”

This is a very old recipe that you can find in the famous cookbook by Artusi, the great grandfather of what is now known as the Italian Cuisine.  He apparently loved this dish—like me and all my friends and guests—but you will seldom find it in any Italian restaurant, either in Italy or in the […]

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