Category Archives: Italian

A Sicilian in the Kitchen

Luis’ friend Veronica generously came over and prepared the Sicilian classic, Pasta alla Norma for us in our kitchen. She is from Catania, Sicily, and learned this dish by watching her mother cook it numerous times. My memories of Catania … Continue reading

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Summer Pasta

Pasta is the world’s best dish. It is so wonderful to whip up a tasty dinner in the time it takes to boil water and cook pasta. My tomato plants have given me a couple of ripe tomatoes (with many … Continue reading

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My Favorite Pink Sauce

I have been making this pink sauce for years. It was one of the first dishes I could make with ease without using a recipe. It is rich, creamy and sweet, and one of my favorite “comfort meals.” While the … Continue reading

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Cooking with Gwyneth

After being inspired by one of the latest stupid reality shows, Extreme Couponing, I started to actually read the supermarket adds in my Sunday paper looking for deals. My eye went straight to a Ralphs ad: Barilla pasta on sale … Continue reading

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Pizza Dough with Sourdough Starter

I made pizza dough with my sourdough starter with a recipe from the New York Times. Probably the best I have made so far. I like my pizzas thin, with some crispness in the center and a chewy crust. The … Continue reading

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Obika Mozzarella Bar

I first went to Okiba in Rome, about 4 years ago. I thought this place had a great concept: just about everything comes with your own ball of fresh mozzarella. This small chain has recently opened in Century City, with … Continue reading

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