Italian

Creamy Artichoke Pasta

Creamy Artichoke Pasta

Life has been crazy over the past couple months. But mainly it’s been mega hot summer misery - Every time I cook, I end up needing a shower after just to clean off all the sweat. Boiling water and cooking meats especially is a killer on the temperature inside the house. Opening windows is clearly not an option, because spiders live outside. Needless to say, kitchen time has been kept to a minimum. That being said, I still require pasta.

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Infinity Lorighittas in Blue Cheese Sauce with Roasted Grapes and Hazelnuts

Infinity Lorighittas in Blue Cheese Sauce with Roasted Grapes and Hazelnuts

Alright everyone! I’m back in America and fully back in the swing of things when it comes to the kitchen. I got the stomach flu while I was in Taiwan, and lost a ton of weight, so I’m carb-ing up in earnest up in here. That means you can expect a lot of pasta in the near future. This one is similar to my last post, yet so different at the same time.

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Pistou Pizza

Pistou Pizza

Anyone who knows me even a little bit will know that I know how to say "Where is my pizza?" in 50+ languages. In any form, it is my favorite food by far. This pizza was inspired by my mom, who tried to make her minestrone soup fancier one day by putting something with a French name (pistou) on top of it. Little did she know that pistou is just pesto without pine nuts. It's so easy to make, not fancy at all, but still vibrant and powerfully flavored. It adds crazy freshness to the plainest of foods. It completely transformed my mom's minestrone, and when I put it on this pizza it was just like Blam Blam! Massive flavor explosion.

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Stress Free Pasta Dough

Stress Free Pasta Dough

Making my own fresh pasta recently became very important to me because I convinced myself that I am very authentic and have a duty to uphold the traditions of my Italian heritage. That concept doesn't really represent my upbringing, which was full of homemade sauce at Christmas time or whenever I visited my grandma, but not too much fresh pasta. But whatever!I convinced myself that it was important to get back to roots, and thenceforth labored to get really good at making fresh pasta.

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Better and Better Bolognese

Better and Better Bolognese

Bolognese is the first recipe I ever cooked out of a cookbook with Jess (wife)! It was my idea to make the sauce, unknowing that Jess was Buddhist and did not eat pork. I just thought, hey, I'm Italian and I have never actually made Bolognese sauce before, so let's do it! Jess, ever the angel, did not mention that she was morally averse to eating or cooking with pork, so she just helped chopping veggies and stirring the flavors together and we talked about Harry Potter.

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Really Good Stuffed Peppers with None of the Good Stuff

Really Good Stuffed Peppers with None of the Good Stuff

I found myself in Boston recently with a gluten-intolerant wife, a best friend with Celiacs, three other besties plagued by vegetarianism, and a pescetarian brother. Like, come on, seriously? So I vowed to make some food that everyone would enjoy, and thus were born these vegetarian gluten-free stuffed peppers that actually tasted awesome, I promise.

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Sick Awesome Cheese Pizza!

Sick Awesome Cheese Pizza!

My current most favorite thing to make? Pizza. A thousand times pizza. I am eating it for every meal and happily gaining a thousand pounds in the process. The dough is simple and easy. The sauce is even easier. The toppings are all delicious in any combination. My feelings at the moment are "Only dumb people would eat something other than pizza"...

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