Ramped up pasta primavera

Spring is here! Max and I went to celebrate one of our first nice days at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. A lot of other people had the same idea, however, and it was quite crowded. But we had a nice time looking at the blossoms and greenhouse exhibits and walking around the park. If you … Continue reading

My Heart Beets Blood Oranges

I hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day! I know celebrating the “Hallmark” holiday is somewhat controversial but I’ve always taken it as an opportunity to show your loved ones to a little extra kindness. In fact, our main “valentiney” activity came a little early for me and Max this year: we treated each other … Continue reading

Turkish Delight

Last summer Max and I met in Istanbul after being apart for several months. Max flew in from Detroit the day before I flew from Prague, and in a way that truly seemed miraculous, we met in the airport without sending a single text message. Having had a cell phone for eleven years, it almost … Continue reading

Duck and Cover (With Pasta)

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You didn’t think I made duck confit just to eat a delicious confit dinner, did you? The best part of duck confit is the leftovers! I had a recipe in mind from Florence Fabricant of the NY Times (although she says, “Do not even think of making duck confit from scratch. Buy it prepared, from … Continue reading

Penne Garmushallini

Hungry for something that wasn’t leftover from Thanksgiving, Max and I decided to throw together a pasta dish last night that is a standby in our house because we always have the ingredients more-or-less on hand. That’s right, garmushallini! Ahem, that is, garlic, mushrooms, shallots and zucchini. And of course, we tie it together with … Continue reading

Gnocchi? No problem!

As I have stated numerous times, I am obsessed with pasta. I am also aware that pasta is kind of a huge pain in the butt to make at home if you don’t have any special equipment (and really, even if you do). While I’ve already mentioned that I use Raffeto’s for most of my … Continue reading

what to do with priest chokers

If you have a bunch of priest chokers on your hands, the best way to deal with them is a boiling water bath for probably at least eight minutes. I’m talking about strozzapreti of course! I hope no one found this website looking for a religious debate! No one really knows why this kind of … Continue reading

pomi wonderful

A few weeks ago, Max and I were watching the movie “Wall Street” at home, which I’d never seen. The original from 1987, not the new one that came out more recently. There’s a point in it when the Charlie Sheen character, Bud Fox, walks into his extremely fancy new kitchen and opens the door … Continue reading