Spicy Chicken Thighs for Matthew Francis

The cousin closest to me in age is my cousin Diane, who lives in Houston now with her Italian husband and three kids. Today she gave birth to the third, a son (their first), whom they named Matthew Francis. This recipe is hereby named after him; I was going to make this tonight anyway, but … Continue reading

Drunken Tuscan Pasta

This is one of my favorite things to make, especially when I have company, because it’s such a filling, healthy meal: add a salad and you’ve got the entire menu! I’ve served it at dinner parties with either this or this. The only thing about it to really note is that it takes an entire … Continue reading

Summer Scafata

Oh, my goodness people. Please make this soon. This seems very simple. Boring, even. And Zucchini? Please. But everything comes together and cooks and becomes….divine. I was doing a happy dance in the kitchen after my first bowl of this.  This is a simple vegetable stew that will make you believe in veggies.  After about … Continue reading

Lemon Fusili Pasta

So I thought I had posted this before, but no! And you need this recipe, guys, because it’s truly great.  We can thank Ina Garten for this one. It’s a true staple in my kitchen, especially in the summer when the cherry/grape tomatoes are great. I’ve made this with heirloom cherry tomatoes and then it’s … Continue reading

Meal plan for the week July 27-August 4, 2013

It’s been awhile, I know! But now that my summer theater is over, it’s time to get back in the kitchen.   Saturday, I made Rachael Ray’s Drunken Tuscan Pasta , which, yes, uses an entire bottle of Chianti. You also don’t have to use Kale. You can use spinach or chard (I used rainbow chard … Continue reading

Tagliata steak for one

This is adapted from Nigella Lawson’s new book, Nigellissima, which is chock-full of Italian inspired recipes. I’ve been wanting to try this one for a few months now and finally got ’round to it. In her book, it serves two, but I used a smaller steak. That’s the only change I made–I kept the marinade and … Continue reading

The Perfect Carbonara

I can’t believe I haven’t posted about this until now! Bad me! So, it’s snowing again. This year, there’s been a lot of that. So I was pondering my lunch options, and then I realized: carbonara. It’s perfect for winter (It’s really perfect anytime, though it’s more of a fall/winter dish, in general) and I … Continue reading