Pasta with Broccolini and Sausage

This Pasta with Broccolini and Sausage was a great simple dinner for midweek and was the hit of my pre-holiday dinners. I halved the original recipe from Lidia’s Italy in America so I used half a pound of pasta instead of the full pound and I used broccolini instead of broccoli rabe or rapini. The […]

Chicken Piccata

Thin pieces of chicken breasts, dipped in flour and cooked in oil and butter with a pan sauce made of capers, garlic, white wine and lemon juice.  This Chicken Piccata has become a family favorite over the years, rivaled only by chicken cutlets that are breaded with a mixture of bread crumbs, herbs and Parmesan. […]

Arugula, Radish and Carrot Salad

When I have people over to eat, I try to get as much done ahead of time as possible. This is easier in the summer when you can make salads like this Arugula, Radish and Carrot Salad a bit ahead of time. I usually prepare the vegetables but don’t put the dressing on until I’m […]

Pasta with Artichokes and Bacon

The garden is giving me lots of artichokes this spring and I’m loving them!  So far, in addition to plain steamed (or simmered) artichokes served with lemony mayonnaise, I’ve made artichoke soup, pasta with spicy artichoke sauce, sautéed artichokes, marinated baby artichokes, braised artichokes… Oh, and a raw artichoke salad!  They’ve all been really good […]

Easy Marinara Sauce

This simple marinara sauce comes from Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master (Amazon link). It’s just got a few simple ingredients but if you start with good canned tomatoes, you’ll end up with a tasty marinara sauce. It’s great as is or you can add cooked meatballs to it and […]