Tag Archives: Italian

Pizza Gaina

OK, confession: this is not a Cooking With Josh recipe. I made this one late last night, long after Josh went to bed, so that it would be ready for Easter morning. This one I would call Cooking With Nonna. … Continue reading

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Rapini

Maybe it’s the Italian genes that my kids carry, but everyone in the house loves rapini. Rapini, or broccoli rabe, are a great late winter/early spring green–that is, if you can appreciate that “good bitter” taste that I associate with … Continue reading

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Lasagna Bolognese…Sort Of

How did lasagna get to be a special occasion food? Think about it: it’s basically just a casserole, right? An incredibly delicious, and wonderfully satisfying casserole that, in my humble opinion, should be in everyone’s heavy rotation. As with most … Continue reading

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Braciole

There’s something special about a braciola. Maybe it’s because they tended to show up in the Sunday sauce closer to the holidays, but braciole more than any other meat dish remind me of being very young and hanging out with … Continue reading

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Tomatoes in October

OK, I admit it. It feels a little¬†wrong to be writing about tomatoes in the middle of¬† October. Pumpkins, sure. Sweet potatoes, no problem. But tomatoes? Of course, this tomato salad tastes much better in the middle of summer, with … Continue reading

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Will You Eat It if I Call It Melanzana?

What do you do when you want to serve up a vegetable that only you like? What else? You fry it. Better yet–fry it, then cover it with sauce and cheese! That’s my solution for eggplant. We’ve been having some … Continue reading

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Pasta e Fagioli

OK, so I have taken a lot of heat (mostly from my mother) for daring to claim that I make a tastier meatball than my mother. So here’s a dish to make amends: my mother’s pasta e fagioli recipe. Truth … Continue reading

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Arancini? I Thought I was Making Croquetas

I’ve been making croquetas for years–it’s a great way to use up leftovers, and we all love them. The only problem is: I have been making arancini all this time and calling them croquetas. I explained this to Josh the … Continue reading

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Spaghetti Carbonara

In the summer of 1978, my parents took the entire family on a two month trip to Europe. We landed in Rome late in the evening, and by the time we arrived at Zia Bruna’s house, we were exhausted, disheveled, … Continue reading

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The Lowly Meatball

Meatballs of any variety are a major hit in our household. What they accompany is entirely secondary. In fact, not too long ago, Josh declared that an enormous bowl of meatballs would be a perfectly adequate dinner–actually, he called it … Continue reading

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