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Spaghetti with Orange, Mint, and Cointreau (the best pasta of Italy in 2000)

This pasta reminds me of summertime, with its lovely scent of orange and mint.  It’s a recipe that can only be made in small portions, so don’t try to increase the measures in this recipe. It’s my friend Makana’s favorite pasta, and I made it for his birthday just a few weeks ago. Ingredients ½ […]

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 […]

Giancarlo Gottardo’s Cold Octopus Salad

Octopus Salad alla Vucciria (for 4 to 6 people) In my previous posting of how to cook octopus for soup, I suggested that it’s best to get a small octopus, because large octopus is too rubbery.  My good friend Giancarlo Gottardo taught me how to make even a large octopus tender and delicious.  Most American […]

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 […]

Ceviche

You do not need to go to Mexico to eat a great ceviche.  Actually, it’s very easy to make!  My ceviche of course is outstanding.  It is a great dish, always, but especially if you are on a diet, it is the right thing to eat: low in calories, yet you feel good after eating […]

Lobster (The “Lovers Recipe”)

There are many recipes to cook lobster, some are excellent but boring, how many times do you want to eat a boiled lobster?  Others are good but quite greasy, cut lobster into half, put butter on top and broil, others are over complicated, and others simply disgusting.  Try my lobster and you will be happy.  […]

Fish Broth

How to Make Fish Stock Use only fish from the sea, not from rivers and lakes.  You can use anything you like. For example, you can use 1 pound of sardines and/or fish heads (say salmon, grouper, Mahi Mahi, shirimp, or the “skin” of the shrimp. Always use some, say 10 or so mussels or […]

Oven-baked fillet of fish with fresh tomato sauce (Filetti di Cernia or altro pesce al pomodoro fresco al forno)

Do you want a very fresh, simple recipe for fish? This takes only a few minutes to prepare and cook. I use grouper or any other very fresh filet of fish.  When you shop for the fish, make sure the filets are of consistent thickness so they bake evenly. Ingredients for 4-6 people 1 filet […]

Hot Octopus Soup/Sauce

(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 […]

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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