Meat Dishes · Recipes · Spring · Vegetables

beef straccetti with asparagus and spring onions

STRACCETTI DI MANZO CON ASPARAGI. Spring, spring, spring! Quick, quick, quick! Who wants to be inside with this beautiful weather? Who wants a complicated dinner when there’s lavender to prune, petunias to plant, dry leaves to sweep? I love this dish, it’s light and juicy, it has the crunch and aroma of my favorite vegetables…… Continue reading beef straccetti with asparagus and spring onions

Dried Pasta · Fall · Pasta · Recipes · Sauces · Spring · Summer · Winter

pasta alla puttanesca

PUTTANESCA aka THE WHORE’S SAUCE. With a name like this you can only expect something spectacular. There are several metropolitan legends that try to explain the peculiar name. The one that makes more sense to me refers to prostitutes not having time or opportunity to shop and therefore making a quick sauce with ingredients available…… Continue reading pasta alla puttanesca

All Seasons · Meat Dishes · Recipes

pork saltimbocca in a Vinsanto sauce

The Italian word saltimbocca means “to jump in the mouth”. This is because the meat is cooked so quickly that it will be on your plate after only a couple of pirouettes in the pan. In order to be able to cook it with the so quickly you will need very thin meat. The result…… Continue reading pork saltimbocca in a Vinsanto sauce

Appetizers · Summer · Vegetables

peperoni all’aceto balsamico

BALSAMIC GLAZED BELL PEPPERS  More glorious summer colors and Mediterranean flavors here. Make sure to use large, thick fleshed, fresh peppers, yellow or red as the green ones are not sweet enough. Capers are the edible buds of  a hardy bush which grows on walls and rocky soils in the  Aeolian islands, near Sicily. If…… Continue reading peperoni all’aceto balsamico