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Penne Arrabbiata

Penne arrabbiata I often talk about the advantages of keeping a mostly Mediterranean-style pantry. One of them is being able to make dinner in about 15 to 20 minutes, including […]

Garlic Shrimp

In Spain, gambas al ajillo is a popular tapas offering, one that you almost never hear about Stateside. After all, it’s just garlic, shrimp, parsley and olive oil. It’s so […]

“Cacio e Pepe”

Pasta con cacio e pepe is one of the easiest of Italian pasta dishes to make. It’s just pecorino Romano cheese and freshly milled black pepper — a triumph of […]

Cherry Tomatoes

No longer relegated to salad bars, cherry tomatoes are now available in countless varieties. In New York City and throughout the Northeast, their primary season arrives towards the end of […]

Aloo Gobi

Aloo translates to “potato” and gobi means “cauliflower”, therefore “aloo gobi” means “potato and cauliflower curry”. Most restaurant versions of the dish come out to carbohydrate-laden sludge. Homemade is better […]

Black Cabbage

Cavolo nero or black cabbage, is a leafy cabbage that doesn’t form heads but rather resembles palm fronds, with deep greenish black leaves that can be up to a yard […]

Sunday Snapshot

Hiyayakko tofu is a popular Japanese dish made with chilled tofu and toppings. It is usually eaten in the summer. There are two kinds of tofu used in hiyayakko: kinugoshi […]

Sugar Snap Peas

Fresh green peas are one of the hallmarks of spring. The season is quite short, confined to the cool, moist conditions of spring and very early summer. However, some pod […]

Cucina Povera

Cucina povera has its roots in Italian history shortly after the end of World War I and extending all throughout most of the 20th century until the last thirty years […]

Salade Lyonnaise

The simple description is that it’s “lettuce with bacon and eggs”. And anything with bacon has got to be good, right? Salade Lyonnaise Click here to view a large-size version […]

Bhel Puri

Bhel puri is a puffed rice dish made with vegetables, spices, fruit and various chutneys. It is a type of chaat (a term that means “small plates of savory snacks”), […]

Pasta Primavera

Pasta with roasted asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, cow’s milk ricotta cheese and soft-cooked egg Click here to view a large-size version of this picture. As I mention on Facebook, this is […]

Sunday Snapshot

Potatoes and greens Click here to view a large-size version of this picture. It’s not very photogenic, is it? It’s delicious though. This is a variation on a seasonal favorite, […]

Sopa de Ajo

Garlic isn’t an ingredient that people normally associate with soup. It’s a featured ingredient in this Spanish specialty that’s almost puritan in its simplicity. Sopa de ajo — Garlic soup […]

Sunday Snapshot

Roasted heirloom potatoes, cauliflower and shiitake mushrooms, paired with soft-cooked farm egg and pan de tomate Click here to view a large-size version of this picture. Pan de tomate (Spanish […]

Bacon and Greens

The premise for this recipe is simple. Bacon ends were rendered in a skillet, to which chopped shallots were added, then briefly sautéed. Toss in a bunch of chickweed and […]