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Bollito and other boiled dinners

In Emilia-Romagna, Piemonte, sauces by Frank6 Comments

Some of our favorite Sunday meals during the cold weather months are …

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Buttery Mashed Potatoes

In contorno by Frank7 Comments

While it’s true that we mostly eat Italian at home, there are …

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Penne ai peperoni e alici (Penne with Peppers and Anchovies)

In pasta, primi piatti by Frank5 Comments

A quick note on a quick dish: penne with peppers and anchovies, …

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Minestrone: A Primer

In primi piatti, reference, Soups by Frank19 Comments

Many people think of minestrone as the kind of hearty fare best …

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Quadrucci in brodo (Pasta Squares in Broth)

In pasta, primi piatti, Soups by Frank2 Comments

The simplest, and perhaps the best, way to use your skills for …

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Al contadino non far sapere…

In dessert by Frank11 Comments

In our house dessert is usually a piece of fruit. But now …

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Ravioli al sugo di pomodoro (Homemade Ravioli with Tomato Sauce)

In pasta, primi piatti by Frank25 Comments

Once you know how to make fresh pasta, there are myriad ways …

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Pasta e ceci (Pasta and Chickpeas)

In pasta, primi piatti, Soups by Frank13 Comments

There’s nothing so satisfying yet so quick and simple than the combination …

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Penne ai funghi (Penne with Mushroom Tomato Sauce)

In pasta, primi piatti, Toscana by Frank9 Comments

Fall is my favorite season, and one of the best reasons to …

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How to make fresh egg pasta

In pasta, reference by Frank38 Comments

When making fresh home-made egg pasta, variously known in Italian as pasta …

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How to Roast a Pepper

In antipasti, reference by Frank3 Comments

A quick note today on the method for roasting peppers. And a …

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Fricassée de poulet à l’ancienne (Julia Child’s Old-Fashioned Chicken Fricassee)

In secondi piatti by Frank16 Comments

I grew up on Julia Child. Other than nonna Angelina herself, no …

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Salade frisée aux lardons (Frisée Salad with Bacon)

In antipasti by Frank3 Comments

This rustic salad was one of my favorite starters when I lived …

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Pasta alla Norma (Sicilian-Style Pasta with Eggplant)

In pasta, primi piatti, Sicilia by Frank11 Comments

This, one of my favorite summertime pastas, comes from Sicily. Along with …

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Fagiolini all’agro (Green Beans with Lemon and Oil)

In contorno by Frank10 Comments

This dish of green beans dressed with fresh lemon juice and olive …

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Linguine al limone (Linguini with Lemon Cream Sauce)

In Campania, pasta, primi piatti by Frank2 Comments

Linguine al limone, or linguini with lemon cream sauce, is one of …

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Whitefish brandade

In antipasti, snack by Frank2 Comments

  Salt cod can be hard to find. It takes some considerable …

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Risotto alla crema di scampi (Risotto with Puréed Shrimp)

In Lazio, primi piatti, Risotto and Other Rice Dishes by Frank11 Comments

  As I have mentioned before, Rome is not really risotto country. …

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Penne alla vodka (Penna with Vodka Sauce)

In Lazio, pasta, primi piatti by Frank4 Comments

A quick post on this well-known but relatively new variant on penne …

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Penne all’arrabbiata (“Angry” Penne)

In Lazio, pasta, primi piatti by Frank13 Comments

Here’s another signature dish of Roman cooking, penne all’arrabbiata or ‘angry’ penne, …

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Seppie coi piselli alla romana (Roman-Style Braised Squid and Peas)

In secondi piatti by Frank7 Comments

Strange as it may seem, squid and peas were made for each …

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Peperoni ripieni di tonno (Tuna Stuffed Peppers)

In antipasti, Lazio by Frank3 Comments

There are so many different ways to stuff a pepper. Here’s one, …

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Italian Food Culture: A primer

In reference by Frank25 Comments

There is much more to Italian food culture than many people outside …

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Costolette d’agnello «a scottadito» (Roman-Style Lamb Chops)

In Lazio, secondi piatti by Frank12 Comments

There is surely no meat more typical of the Mediterranean basin than …

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Patate in padella (Sautéed Potatoes)

In contorno by Frank2 Comments

These pan-fried potatoes make for a wonderful accompaniment to lamb and other …