Pan Roasted Cod in Puttanesca Sauce

Pan Roasted Cod in Puttanesca Sauce

What is Puttanesca Sauce?  Puttanesca is a tangy and salty Italian sauce, made with tomatoes, olives, capers, garlic, and (sometimes) anchovies.  The story goes… back in the 1950′s, some late night patrons were hungry – but the restaurateur was almost out of ingredients, as it was near closing time.  They told him to make them [...]

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

In Italy, “piccata” is a method of preparing meat (typically veal) – the meat is sliced thinly or butterflied, tenderized, dredged in flour and cooked, then served in a sauce made from deglazed pan drippings.  Here in the USA, the most well known version of this Italian dish is made with chicken and is served [...]

Langostino Scampi and Polenta

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Last time I went to Costco, I found a new item – frozen (cooked) Langostino tails.  What are “langostinos“?  Here in the U.S., “langostinos” refer to the Squat lobster (which is not what we think of as a real “lobster” – it’s actually a species related to hermit crabs).  Do not confuse “langostino” with “langoustes” [...]

Affogato (Italian espresso and ice cream or gelato)

Affogato

In Italian, “affogato” means “drowned” or “drowned in coffee“…. and refers to an Italian espresso-based beverage (or dessert) in which hot espresso is poured over a scoop of ice cream or gelato. In it’s simplest form, you would just pair a shot of espresso with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make an Affogato. [...]

Cioppino (Seafood Stew)

Homemade Cioppino

Cioppino is a tomato-based seafood stew which is traditionally made from the catch of the day (typically a combination of Dungeness crab, clam, mussels, shrimp, scallops, squid, and fish).  While many people think of this dish as being Italian, it actually hails from San Francisco, California!  During the late 1800′s, San Francisco fisherman would cook up [...]

Bolognese Meat Sauce (Ragu alla Bolognese)

Ragu alla Bolognese (Bolognese Sauce)

Bolognese is a meat based pasta sauce that originates from Bologna, Italy.  In Italy, this sauce is often served with large flat noodles like tagliatelle, pappardelle, or fettuccine… or with tube shapes like rigatoni or penne.  Here in the U.S., “Bolognese” brings to mind a tomato sauce with crumbled ground beef, sometimes with mushrooms, served [...]

Easy Fettuccine Alfredo from scratch (One Pot 15 Minute Recipe)

Easy Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo

I love Fettuccine Alfredo – I almost always order this when at an Italian restaurant… it’s my favorite pasta dish!  Once, I tried to make it at home with Alfredo sauce from a jar… I even bought a good brand… and it was…. really really horrible.  You just can’t get “real” Alfredo sauce from a [...]

Chicken Parmesan (Chicken Parmigiana)

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is a really easy Italian dish to make for dinner – it works well for a casual family meal… or can make a nice main dish to serve at a dinner party.  (Pair it with a side of pasta and a garden salad.) To bread the chicken, you can use the breadcrumbs of [...]

Homemade Basil & Ricotta Cheese Manicotti (easy recipe made with crepes)

Fresh Basil and Ricotta Cheese Manicotti

Last week, I posted a recipe for how to make basic crepes at home using a simple batter of flour, eggs, butter, and milk.  One of my favorite dishes to make with a batch of crepes is homemade Manicotti.  Manicotti is an Italian dish, made by stuffing a savory ricotta cheese filling into either a [...]

Homemade Meat Lasagna from Scratch

Homemade Lasagna

Every now and then, I liked to make a double batch of Lasagna from scratch – one pan to bake for dinner, and one pan to freeze for a busy time in the month ahead.  I buy ground beef at the market when it goes on sale, then freeze the packages and defrost when needed. [...]