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

Pasta with asparagus and lemony bread crumbs

This is slightly adapted from The Chew’s cookbook–the market didn’t have any fresh peas yet, so I omitted them and used only asparagus. If you’ve never cooked with asparagus, there’s an easy way to tell what part is edible: bend the stalk in half. The top part, the good part, and the bottom, woody part, will separate. … 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

Thanksgiving: The Turkey!

This Thanksgiving, I was in charge of the family turkey. I have been waiting many years for this opportunity. 🙂 My mom has a Pampered Chef Celebrations cookbook, and in it is a delicious turkey breast recipe. For years I have thought about making this. Our family is small-ish–five of us–so we don’t need a big turkey. … Continue reading

Milanese Chicken with roasted tomatos

It’s summer. That means–tomatoes! Lovely, lovely tomatoes springing up all over! (Yes, I just got my Carousel geek on. Feel free to ignore.) This is a really fast chicken recipe that has a lovely side of roasted grape/cherry/other small tomatoes. The chicken takes about 10 minutes, total, to make, so you’ll want to start the … Continue reading