Pasta with Sausage and Fennel

I’ve never been a huge fennel fan, and for just that reason, I planted two fennel plants in my garden. I figured that if I could harvest it personally, I could figure out how to showcase its unique flavor. Ideally, if one loves the anise/licorice flavor, fennel is eaten raw, shaved in a salad, for

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Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe is an Italian pasta dish that translates to cheese and pepper. It’s a long-time standard of Roman cuisine, and one I think everybody should have in their pasta repertoire. Recently my daughter asked if I’d ever made it, and I never have. As much as I love and respect the simplicity of

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Antipasti Pasta Salad

This pasta salad recipe isn’t remarkable on its own, being that there are hundreds of pasta salad recipes, but this is remarkably good! Inspired by my favorite antipasti platters, I used Italian dry salami, Prosciutto, Provolone, Fontina, plus olives and pepperoni. Then I added pasta and fresh vegetables to create an easy pasta salad that

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Eataly, NYC

One of the goals during my recent New York City trip was to visit Eataly. I’ve been intrigued by the whole Eataly concept since it was built. It claims to be the largest Italian market place in the world, and at 50,000 square feet, I believe it must be. The famous names behind Eataly include

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Asparagus Gremolata

No, you didn’t read it wrong. This isn’t asparagus with gremolata, this is actually gremolata made with asparagus! I’m the first to snicker when cooking terms are wrongly or “loosely” used – especially on menus! Sometimes it just makes it hard to figure out what the dish is. Names like “confit” and “coulis” and now,

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Luxurious Short Ribs

Short ribs are fatty beef ribs, cut literally into short pieces. They sometimes referred to as flanken style, to differentiate them from spare ribs. When short ribs are braised, the meat becomes soft, tender, and velvet-like. Similar to pulled pork, the tender texture of prepared short ribs is why I love this cut of meat.

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Spaghetti Squash

There’s a special place in my heart for spaghetti squash. I love all squashes, and my locally available winter squashes like butternut and acorn are great for stuffing or for soups. But spaghetti squash can be used like noodles! After cooking the squash, you use a fork to scrape out the strands of spaghetti, except

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