Chana Masala with BabeSauce

Chana Masala with BabeSauce

This past month has been insane! I turned 29, ate döner kebabs in 6 countries in 3 weeks, started a new job at my company (now I technically have 4), witnessed my buddy reach level 40 in Pokemon Go, got a soda stream, and just generally became completely overwhelmed with life. Through all of the chaos and the travelling and the pokemon and the soda, I felt this grounding presence in the back of my mind: the memory of the meal my wife made me for my birthday dinner!

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Chopped Pizza

Chopped Pizza

I went to the grocery store, picked out four random ingredients, and resolved to make something out of them, just like in friggin Chopped. But alas, I have zero originality so I ended up transforming none of the ingredients, and just threw them on a pizza like I do with all the other food I buy. The result was blog-worthy though, so here it is.

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Grandma's Birthday Cake

Grandma's Birthday Cake

This cake... It's pillowy and wet and pumped full of chocolate insanity. The buttercream, if used sparingly, actually contributes to the more savory aspects of the cake layers such that it doesn't give you a sugar headache when you eat like six pieces in a row. Ok, I can't help it if cake descriptions sound extra sexual. Happy Birthday Grandma?!?!

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Bloody Marynara Buccatini

Bloody Marynara Buccatini

Ok so I've never had a Bloody Mary, but this past Friday I was very drunk at a brewery and my scientist friend told me about how Bloody Marys cure hangovers for alcoholics because the alcohol replaces formaldehyde with ethanol, or something like that, in your brain, which makes it feel happier? Ok obviously I didn't listen very well, but the next day, BAM! Hangover! I vaguely remembered someone smart telling me to eat a Bloody Mary (as if that were even possible), so that's what I did! The result: Eatable Bloody Mary in the form of homemade pasta and a sauce inspired by the cocktail.

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Hot Sauce Pasta Dough is so 2017

Hot Sauce Pasta Dough is so 2017

And I'm back! After a crazy couple of holiday weeks traveling all over the East Coast and gaining 15 pounds, I am happy to inform you all that I have returned and am ready to ruin all of your weight-related New Years resolutions. To kick things off, I made some hot sauce pasta dough!

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Not Actually Fancy Pistou Pizza

Not Actually Fancy 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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I'm not German Pretzels

I'm not German Pretzels

My friend was in Berlin recently, so I was feeling super German, even though I'm not, and wanted to make pretzels about it. I wanted something super chewy, so I basically made pizza dough, whipped into some pretzel shapes, dipped them into baking soda water, baked them, and called them pretzels.

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