Category Archives: Italian

Naked Asparagus

This is a great starter salad or side for barbecued meat. Make sure to use fresh young asparagus stalks. Raw Asparagus Salad 1 bunch fresh asparagus stalks, about 12 Romano 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp lemon zest 2 tbsp … Continue reading

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Creamy Stovetop “Risotto”

Risotto is one of our favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite meals. Sometimes though we want the starch to be a side, not the meal’s star. But if we have risotto as a side we don’t have time for all that … Continue reading

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Drunken Whole Chicken

After St. Patrick’s day there is always a little leftover beer and cider from the festivities. This is a fantastic way to use up some of it along with a whole chicken. The flavors of the roast meat and vegetables … Continue reading

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Crawfish Mac-n-Cheese

This is a great way to use up some leftover crawfish meat from a boil. Any mix of cheese can be used, but equal parts swiss, mozzarella and cheddar work best. Baked Crawfish Macaroni 5 tbsp butter 1/3 cup flour … Continue reading

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Asparagus with Eggs and Olives

This dish makes use of hard-cooked egg yolks to make a Caesar-like dressing for asparagus. The olives add a bit of salt and tang. Serve warm or at room temperature. Open a vino verde for an indulgent, but not too … Continue reading

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Farro Pudding

By Katherine Greg, aka Rufus, normally doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, but he finished off most of this dessert without me. This made me happy because normally he can take or leave dessert, which means I do most … Continue reading

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White Bean Soup with Farro

This is a thick hearty soup that’s perfect for what we hope are the last chilly days of the winter. It’s an adaptation of Mesc-Iua, a Ligurian soup The Silver Spoon says has been around for ages. Taste it and … Continue reading

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Creamy Stewed Chicken

This is a simple dish that takes advantage of the tenderness of chicken thighs. Serve this over pasta, polenta or rice. Use fresh tomato juice and buttermilk for the best flavors. Chicken Stewed in Tomato Juice and Milk 4 chicken … Continue reading

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Sausage with Kale and Potatoes

This is an quick and healthy meal for a weeknight. Any good sausage will work, but Italian is best. Serve it over polenta or rice. Sausage with Kale and Potatoes 2 Italian sausage sliced 1/4″ thick 2 potatoes diced medium … Continue reading

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Light Pasta Salad

This is another simple meal that does not require a completely working kitchen to accomplish. Pasta Salad with Mushrooms and Olives 1 lb small shaped pasta 1/2 onion diced fine 10-12 assorted olives pitted and chopped roughly 8 mushrooms sliced … Continue reading

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