L’italiano per la cucina – un brodo di Natale

I’m always looking for new ways to practice my Italian. This one seemed to suit me fine. It combines making a classic Cappelletti in brodo with a video recipe in Italian that I can translate as I make this dish.  Watch the video and see how well you can follow the instructions for making the …

The Most Delicious Pumpkin I’ve Ever Had

Thanksgiving 2021. On this archetypical American holiday would I be sacrilegious to say the most delicious pumpkin recipe I've ever had was in the Northern Italian city of Ferrara. Called Cappellacci di Zucca, a voluptuous pasta with a generous dollop of sweet savory pumpkin in the center folded in half to make a triangle with …

Chef Daniele’s Turkey

Although I first posted this 10 years ago, it is still one of my best memories about cooking in Italy and includes one of my favorite recipes both of which I resurrect once a year, at Thanksgiving, when I make Chef Daniele's Turkey. We don't often associate turkey with Italy because by most Italian standards …

Penne alla Russa – A Food Icon of the 70’s and 80’s

There are many stories and legends surrounding the history of this popular '70's- '80's Italian dish. Penne alla Russa, a jammy red sauce melding and combining tomatoes with vodka and cream, is the pasta love child that exists when a tomato sauce and an Alfredo sauce meet. A combination that has made it incredibly popular even …

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