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…)

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…)

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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