Pork All’Arrabbiata

The other day I read an email from New York Times Cooking, What to Cook this Weekend, by Sam Sifton, that I only occasionally read. I say occasionally, because I dislike the format of the highly-packed food and cooking info in the emails. But a photo caught my eye so I read on. I’m probably

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3-Onion Tart with Taleggio

Everyone is familiar with Italian Parmesan, but is everyone familiar with Taleggio?! According to “House of Cheese,” by the Di Bruno Bros, owners of the famous, “pioneering specialty food retailer and importer that began with a modest shop in th e now-iconic South Philadelphia Italian Market in 1939, “Taleggio is the all-time gateway stinker.” (Which

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The Other Polenta

The most well known version of Italian polenta, in my experience, is the soft and creamy porridge style – what we call grits in the United States. Savory and hearty for breakfast or as a dish served similar to risotto – topped with braised mushrooms, grilled shrimp, or simply with cheese. If you want a

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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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Pumpkin Polenta

Over the years I’ve been asked quite frequently about the difference between polenta and grits. But they are the same thing – essentially, cornmeal. Polenta is the Italian name for the dish, and grits are well known in the states as a Southern staple. They are both a savory porridge of sorts, made with ground

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Double Corn Grits

There’s nothing quite like fresh corn, especially just picked. Where I live in the Midwestern U.S., corn is a major crop, so it’s readily available and extremely inexpensive. So in the summer, I like to use it in as many ways possible. Some of you may live in areas where corn must be imported, so

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Beef Cheeks

So what are beef cheeks? You know how some people say that if you don’t want to know the answer to a question.. don’t ask? Well, beef cheeks are just that – cheeks from cows’ heads. Or would that be faces? Surprisingly, the other day at the grocery store, I came across beef cheeks, and

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Shrimp and Grits

I first had shrimp and grits when I tagged along on a business trip my husband took to Charleston, South Carolina. I ordered shrimp and grits one night, because it was the thing to have in Charleston. I’d previously not been a huge cornmeal fan. Well, thank you Charleston. I’m a huge fan now. The

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