It’s become a tradition on this blog to dedicate a post every Columbus Day to Italian-American dishes like the iconic “Sunday Sauce” or the San Franciscan fish stew Cioppino. This year, we present Chicken Parmesan. While Sunday Sauce and Cioppino remain pretty much staples of the Italian-American community, it’s hard to think of an Italian-American dish, […]
As regular readers will know, this blog is focused on authentic Italian home cooking, the kind that you might eat in Italy itself. But it is also, in some sense, about the Italian diaspora, so it is only fitting that, from time to time—at least once a year—we feature an Italian-American dish, and Columbus Day […]
While Italian or other European dishes appear on our table most days, once in a while I do like to cook a dish from the New World, too. American food has a less than stellar reputation abroad. For many Europeans, it usually brings to mind junk food, fast food and just plain bad food. The […]
We hosted a block party on the 5th of July and I was casting around for inspiration when I hit upon a great post on barbecue by my fellow blogger Drick of Drick’s Rambling Cafe. Drick is from Alabama, where they know a thing or two about real barbecue. Now, I’ve done a lot of […]
What would summer be without this perennial Italian-American favorite? It’s hard to imagine an Italian street fair without the enticing aroma of sausages being grilled on portable barbecues while peppers and onions are sizzling away on a near-by griddle. Isn’t just the thought of it enough to make you hungry? Here’s my take on this […]
This blog is dedicated to simple home cooking, mostly because that’s the kind of cooking—and eating—I like best. But every once and while, the urge to make something ‘fancy’ strikes. So when a friend from Rome visited last night, I decided to put on the ritz and serve this elegant ‘restaurant’ dish of seared sea […]
I’ve posted about crab cakes before. Just a quick note on a ‘brainstorm’ that worked out pretty well tonight: crab cakes with Mexican salsa and a drizzle of olive oil: Worth a try.NB: Tonight I had some prepared salsa sitting around, but surely freshly made salsa would have been even better.
One of the things I miss most about Italy is the wonderful Mediterranean seafood. But there is at least one area where North America may best the old country–soft-shell crab, especially here on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. It’s soft-shell crab season again, and those of us living here are especially lucky to have […]