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Category: Italian Cuisine

Baked Ziti with (or without) Sausage

Baked Ziti with (or without) Sausage

A new take on an Italian Classic from Recipe Developer Extraordinaire Alison Roman If you’ve ever cooked a recipe from Alison Roman, you’ll be mightily impressed by the spin she puts on Classics.  And this dish is a classic.  Ziti al forno, which translates to […]

Bobby Flay’s Chicken Parmesan

Bobby Flay’s Chicken Parmesan

A dish you can have on the table in under 30 minutes Coming across this recipe was like running into an old friend.  It’s from “Bobby at Home: Fearless Flavors from My Kitchen” (Clarkson Potter 2019), Bobby Flay’s latest cookbook. In it he says, “I […]

A visit to the C.I.A., A recipe for a True Tuscan Bread Salad and one for a Lower Gluten Salad made with Wheatberries!!

A visit to the C.I.A., A recipe for a True Tuscan Bread Salad and one for a Lower Gluten Salad made with Wheatberries!!

The thrill of being invited to participate in a three-day adventure at the Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley, California branch is about as good as it gets. Especially if you’re a self-taught home cook.  And the experience exceeded every imaginable expectation I had. How […]

Asparagus and Mushroom Frittata

Asparagus and Mushroom Frittata

Asparagus season is coming and here’s a great way to celebrate its arrival. While a frittata sounds rather fancy, it’s a very easy dish to make. Far simpler than flipping an omelette, it’s wildly versatile too.  For this version, I added shallots and cremini mushrooms […]

15 Minute Skillet Pan Pizza

15 Minute Skillet Pan Pizza

I consider Pizza a perfect food.  In one slice, you combine dairy, vegetables, carbohydrates and protein.  And you pick it up with one hand to eat it—no utensils necessary. All right, I use a fork which is contrary to New York pizza etiquette but not […]

Orecchiette with Buttermilk, Peas and Pistachios from Bon Appetit

Orecchiette with Buttermilk, Peas and Pistachios from Bon Appetit

When it comes to Buttermilk, I can come up with three recipes that require it: Waffles, Fried Chicken and Biscuits.  Buttermilk comes in quarts. The only recipe of the three that requires that much Buttermilk is perhaps the chicken marinade which is used to tenderize […]

My latest on The Daily Meal…a Restaurant Suggestion in NY’s Meatpacking District

My latest on The Daily Meal…a Restaurant Suggestion in NY’s Meatpacking District

Pictured Above: All Italian from its San Marzano Tomato Sauce to it’s Mozzarella, Pizza Margherita at Simò The Meatpacking District’s New Pizzaria Is Just 90 Seconds from Napoli Jun 4, 2018 | 1:52 pm By Monte Mathews Staff Writer Highend Chef Simone Falco opens Simò […]

Parmesan and Pancetta Toasts

Parmesan and Pancetta Toasts

I love pasta in all its forms and I serve it at least once a week. Since I seem to be incapable of making two servings of sauce, inevitably we end up with a freezer full of single portions.  I do not always label these. […]

Date Night Idea:  Happy Pasta Hour at one of the city’s best restaurants…

Date Night Idea: Happy Pasta Hour at one of the city’s best restaurants…

Boulud Sud’s Happy Pasta Hour Is About Both Food and Fun Apr 16, 2018 | 12:01 pm By Monte Mathews Staff Writer 5 pastas are served nightly for half price Photo by Georgina Salter One of five pastas on offer every night, Rigatoni alla Carbonara […]