Gratinéed Ox Tongue in Mushroom Cream Sauce

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As mentioned recently, veal tongue is a common part of a bollito misto, but tongue is also a wonderful dish all on its own. Although classified as an organ meat, tongue doesn’t taste ‘organ-y’ at all. Rather it tastes like a richest, most unctuous cut of beef you have ever … Read More

Frittata ai peperoni (Bell Pepper Frittata)

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A frittata is a great solution to those nights when you want something savory but don’t have much time (or desire) to make anything elaborate. The basic technique for making a frittata has appeared on this blog before, but a particularly tasty frittata is one made with peppers and onions–a … Read More

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

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I grew up on Julia Child. Other than nonna Angelina herself, no one inspired my love affair with cooking more. While other kids were eating milk and cookies and watching cartoons, I ran home to make rice and cheese and sit down to the latest instalment of The French Chef. … Read More

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

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Strange as it may seem, squid and peas were made for each other. The sweetness of peas sets off the brinyness of squid perfectly. And the savoriness of a tomato sauce brings it all together nicely. This dish, as so many traditional Roman dishes, is really quite easy to make but … Read More

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

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Scottadito

There is surely no meat more typical of the Mediterranean basin than lamb. Sheep husbandry began in pre-historic times­ and is thought to have gotten its start in Mesopotamia, quickly spreading to Asia Minor and southern Europe—it played a major role in the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean, including the … Read More

Coda alla vaccinara (Roman-Style Braised Oxtails)

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This is comfort food at its most comforting, one of the many humble but delicious dishes that typify popular cooking in the Eternal City: Roman-style braised oxtails. The  Italian word vaccinara actually means “butcher style”. The tail is one of those cuts of meat that are known in Italian as … Read More

Arista alla fiorentina (Florentine Spit-Roasted Pork Loin)

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Arista (Florentine Spit-Roasted Pork Loin)

Arista alla fiorentina, or Florentine Spit-Roasted Pork Loin, is one of the signature dishes of Tuscan cookery. And like so many Tuscan dishes,  the dish is as simple as it is good. Ingredients 1 pork loin roast Olive oil, q.b. For the dry marinade: 2-3 cloves of garlic 2-3 sprigs … Read More

Scallopine di pollo (Chicken Scaloppini)

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A friend was asking the other day about the tenderest chicken breast he had ever had. Well, after some probing questions, we figured out that he had enjoyed a dish of scallopine di pollo, chicken scallopini. It’s not actually a particularly common dish in Italy, where scaloppine are far more … Read More