Christmas Cheese Ball

This was a huge hit with my family this year–it’s gone, all gone, which makes me sad, because I didn’t get nearly enough of it. My family eats dinner after 4:00 Christmas Eve Mass, so around 6:00 we were beginning our dinner at a local Italian place. However, this still means we’ll need some nibblies for the … Continue reading

Sweet and sour pork stir-fry

So, Giant Eagle foiled my kedgeree plans–NO COD–so I made the stir-fry that was scheduled for next Monday, instead, so that I don’t have to worry about the veggies going bad. This is one of my favorite, favorite meals. Fast, easy (although read through the recipe first, so you know what you have to do … Continue reading

French Garlic Soup

Over the past week, I had the cold bug that’s making the rounds. And when you have a cold, what do you want? Soup. At least, I do. I ate the soup I had on hand in cans (which I stockpile for occasions like this), but then I wanted more. So I started going through … Continue reading

Menu plan for Christmas Week 2012

When I’m home for Christmas break, I love to cook, especially when it’s going to be chilly like it’s forecasted to be. This year is a bit busier than other years, but I’ve still got a lot of cooking planned. Here’s what’s up: (bold is a new recipe!) Tomorrow: Assuming no other dinner plans pop up, … Continue reading

Cacio et Pepi

There are many, many ways to make Spaghetti with cheese and black pepper–cacio et pepi. It’s an exercise in statistics, almost: how many combinations are there of pasta, cheese and pepper? A lot. People add butter. They add oil. They add butter AND oil. They add none of those interlopers. I used to use a … Continue reading

Penne Puttanesca

A perfect recipe in which to use your tomato sauce!  Divine, spicy and wonderful. Oh, and fast. I love to make this for dinner parties! Penne Puttanesca from Gwyneth Paltrow’s My Father’s Daughter Serves 4 3/4 lb. (3/4 box) Penne 2 tbsp. EVOO 2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced Pinch red chili flakes (or more, … Continue reading

Cooking 101: Basic Tomato Sauce

This is my favorite basic tomato sauce recipe, adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow’s My Father’s Daughter. This keeps about 1-2 weeks in the fridge. Basic Tomato Sauce 2 tbsp. EVOO 6 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced 4 large fresh basil leaves (or a big palmful of dried basil) 2 28 oz cans peeled tomatoes, one whole, … Continue reading