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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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(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 […]

Baked Pheasant

Photo from 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 […]

Michele Carbone

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 […]

Michele Carbone spaghetti

Spaghetti with Bottarga

This is a simple dish to make and delicious, but some people don’t like it because “it tastes too much of fish!” Bottarga is the dried, salted, pressed roe of various fish, mostly being the gray mullet and yellow fin tuna (also sold under the name of Amberjack and Hamachi, which to be precise [since […]

Funghi Trifolati and Fricassee of Mushroom

(For 4 people, or for 1 very hungry person) I’m in the mountains alone with my Bullmastiff and my Boxer, and tonight I cooked the “mushrooms in fricassee,” a delicious recipe that you will never find in a restaurant.   Now the “fricassee” is just one more step after you prepare the “Mushrooms trifolati”, so […]

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 the accompanying recipe for Mushrooms Trifolati or Mushrooms in Fricassea, also on my website. […]

Roasted Sea Bass with Potatoes, Olives, and Tomatoes

Recipe from Ingredients 2 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and slices ½-inch thick 1 lb. tomatoes, cut into large chunks ¾ cup pitted green olives ¼ cup torn basil leaves ½ cup plus 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper 2 3lb. Sea bass, cleaned ½ cup pine nuts Preparation Preheat […]

Skillet Bruschetta with Beans and Greens

Recipe from Ingredients 8 ¾-inch thick slices crusty bread 6 tbsp olive oil, divided Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes 2 15oz. cans cannellini beans, rinsed 1 bunch kale or mustard greens, ribs removed, leaves cut into bite-size pieces ½ cup low-sodium vegetable […]

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