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Flying Pigs

Tonight’s dinner makes use of fresh uncured/nonpreserved smoked bacon courtesy of Flying Pigs Farm in Shushan, New York. Conchiglie with smoky bacon and cabbage 3-4 strips of bacon, chopped onion, […]

Mother of Invention

This is what happens when you’re cooking for one and you’ve got leftovers from a dinner that took place last week. I imagine that those of you with boyfriends don’t […]

Il Marinaro

In the United States, marinara sauce is a basic tomato sauce, typically flavored with garlic, onion and herbs. In Italy, it has a different meaning — as a seafood and […]

Pure and Simple

Originally from Naples, this is one of the simplest sauces for pasta — garlic, olive oil and herbs. The secret is not to let the garlic burn because it will […]

Roasted Vegetables with Lemon and Herbs

Roasted vegetables with lemon and herbs red-skinned potaotes, diced baby brussel sprouts turnips, diced shallots, peeled and quartered Vidalia onion, diced extra-virgin olive oil kosher salt cracked black pepper 1 […]

From Venice With Love

This dish is characteristic of the cuisine of Venice and was adapted from Mario Batali‘s Simple Italian Food. The original uses bigoli, a type of spaghetti-like pasta with a hole […]

Dinner, 31 October 2007

Conchiglie with broccoli, anchovies and red pepper 1 clove garlic, chopped 2 anchovy fillets olive oil red pepper flakes broccoli cooked pasta grated pecorino chopped Italian parsley Cook pasta and […]

Indian Summer

Some pix from the greenmarket this weekend: Miniature Japanese black eggplants the size of a palm.   * * *   It’s simply amazing that heirloom tomatoes are still available […]


Congee, garnished with broiled skinless boneless chicken breast, shredded pickled ginger, chopped scallions, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger vinegar and minced heirloom chiles. For the ginger vinegar: shred 3 tablespoons […]

Tomatoes and Eggs

Tonight’s dinner: Tomatoes and Eggs 1/2 lb. baby brussel sprouts, trimmed and par-boiled in salted water for 3-4 minutes, then blanched in ice water 2 Spanish red onions, thinly sliced […]

Dinner in Ten Minutes (or less)

Tonight’s dinner hails from Calabria, a province in southern Italy known for its seafood specialties. Serve this with a salad and a glass of red wine and you’re set. Don’t […]

Dinner, 22 October 2007

Fusilli with roasted potatoes, peppers and Vidalia onion The idea of potatoes combined with pasta might seem a little strange to most people. This was inspired by pizzoccheri, a dish […]


Previous dinners at Hearth can be seen here and here. Big Eye tuna, capers, pickled mushrooms, vitello tonnato sauce. 2002 I Clivi, Galea, Friuli, Italy Seared hamachi, black radish, celery, […]

Dinner, 16 October 2007

Pan-seared lamb merguez sausage, orange and Vidalia onion salsa, sucrine salad, roasted fingerling potatoes and baby bell peppers Orange and Vidalia Onion Salsa oranges [tangelo, mandarin or other seedless orange […]

Whitebait, It’s What’s For Dinner

Whitebait fritters Sucrine salad with heirloom tomatoes and soft-boiled egg, tarragon and chive viniagrette Whitebait Fritters 1/2 lb. whitebait 1 T. flour 2 eggs pinch of zataar kosher salt cracked […]

Dinner, 14 October 2007

Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved 2 cloves garlic olive oil 1 T. chilled unsalted butter, cut into bits kosher salt cracked black pepper fresh […]