Spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce

Winter no reason to ignore saucy tomato

Originally appeared in the January 19, 2012 edition of the Southside Times.

I know: it’s January; so why am I talking about fresh tomato sauce?  All I can offer is a not unkind shrug.  Maybe it’s some latent need for a bit of summer in the marrow of winter.  Maybe it’s just a compulsion is to avoid getting rusty in the kitchen.  Either way, it never hurts to practice the classics, and you could do worse than tinker with homemade tomato sauce.  Continue reading: (more…)

Goat cheese ravioli with herb cream sauce

Ravioli in a pinch

Originally appeared in the March 10, 2011 edition of the Southside Times.

Some culinarians are devout about traditional classifications of well-known specialties and the techniques employed to achieve the hallmarks those dishes.  Without doubt, among these purists are those who’d dare not deign subscription to a designation which fell short of that orthodox criteria.  Understandable.  To a great degree, I’m still one of these purists.  I wince each time I hear Guy Fieri’s ignoble brand of “gringo sushi.”  I mean, come on—pulled pork, French fries, wrapped in rice paper?  More after the jump: (more…)

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Cavatelli with Sardinian meat sauce

On the radar:  cavatelli

Originally appeared in the February 03, 2011 edition of the Southside Times.

As I write this, local meteorologists are forecasting the potential arrival of a record-breaking snow-and-ice storm.  If the Doppler-radar prophets of doom are correct, then we may all be thawing out from a few days of vicious precipitation.  But no worries.  This recipe, cavatelli with Sardinian meat sauce, will help knock-off the chill.  More after the jump: (more…)