Linguine puttanesca

Pasta patois

Originally appeared in the November 3, 2011 edition of the Southside Times.

There’s something to be said for using your intuition in the kitchen.  But, more to the point, while there’s a need for precision in many culinary cases, what most cooks rely on when actually preparing food is eyeball accuracy—you have to cook with all your senses, and it’s perfectly fine to tinker as you go.  Read more after the jump: (more…)

Caprese salad with basil oil and balsamic syrup

The case for Caprese

Originally appeared in the July 7, 2011 edition of The Southside Times.

My reticence in featuring a Caprese salad was rooted in my unflinching suspicion that it’d been overdone—that readers would glance at the recipe’s title only to supply an uninspired mental shrug.  Currently, the Caprese salad is a pervasive staple on restaurant menus.  But sadly, many of these interpretations are poorly executed, doing little justice to such a renowned and refreshing pairing.  Yet, properly prepared, the effects are culinarily indelible.  Read the rest after the jump: (more…)

Turkey meatballs with spinach strozzapreti

Ready for turkey and strozzapreti?

Originally appeared in the June 23, 2011 edition of The Southside Times.

Ah, the humble meatball—steadfast in its penchant to please.  Meatballs have an enduring dossier:   easily identifiable, satisfying, and unpretentious.  It’s a technique that cuts across all culinary boundaries.  But during the summer, you may not be associating this ubiquitous comfort-food with warmer climes.  No worries.  Substituting turkey is a delicious (and leaner) deviation from the traditional trio of beef, veal, and pork.  Read more after the jump: (more…)

Classic meatballs

A memorable meatball

Originally appeared in the December 02, 2010 edition of the Southside Times.

The term “comfort food” is frequently repeated around this time of year, it’s sort of a catchall for describing dishes which are both sentimentally soothing and unapologetically hearty.  You know:  Meat-and-potatoes stuff.  And nothing embodies the cozy elements of comfort food better than the classic meatball.  When properly prepared, a simple meatball not only satisfies the most demanding appetites, but—like all comfort foods—holds the potential to produce a brand new batch of memories.  More after the jump: (more…)

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