Roman Egg-drop Soup - Stracciatella

Me and Italian food, we go way, way back; all the way back to the dusty, faded, Polaroid-tinted memories of my early youth in the 70’s. I spent my single digit years in one of Montreal’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods, Park Extension, or Park Ex to those who have more pressing matters to attend to and don’t have time for three syllables.

Park Extension has always been a gateway neighborhood for new immigrants to Canada, and in the 70’s, the cultural landscape was largely made up of people from Greece, Italy and other Mediterranean countries. It was […]

Polenta Mascarpone and the New All-Clad with d5 Technology

When someone at All-Clad tells you that something new and revolutionary is coming, you tend to perk up and listen. I definitely perked. And when someone at All-Clad asks if you would pretty-please mind trying out this new and revolutionary thingy and giving them some feedback on what you think about it, who am I to say no? This would be how the shiny new All Clad 3 quart saucepan with d5 technology found itself a new home on the shelf next to my cast iron skillet.

The Technology:
What is this revolutionary d5 technology that sounds like rocket science, you ask? Here […]

Bollito Di Manzo – Italian Boiled Beef with Tomato, Anchovy and Caper Sauce

I’ve learned eleven really important things over the past few weeks:

Just because this is Kansas does not mean that that it can’t get cold enough outside to freeze my eyelashes together.
Sometimes, snow will stay on the ground for way more than a day in Kansas.
I need winter boots. With a soft, fluffy lining.
I fully and completely understand the term “wind chill”.
The warmest part of my dog is her belly.
My dog squeals like a stuck pig when cold feet contact warm belly.
Braising meat on the stove for a good long time will really warm up […]

Risotto with Smoked Italian Sausage

There is a sausage crisis in my freezer… If I don’t bring down my sausage population soon, there may be a revolt, or a mass migration to the freezer next door.

I can’t really help myself. I have a passion for that moist, sometimes juicy, perfectly seasoned, perfectly packaged meat product that is the humble sausage. I don’t discriminate; any sausage will do just fine. With the summer grilling season well under way here in Kansas, there are great deals to be had on a plethora (bonus points for using that word in a sentence) of sausages at the grocery store, […]