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

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

“As You Wish” beef stew

One of my guilty pleasures is watching The Chew when I have a weekday off. Today the theme was Dinner and a Movie, and for The Princess Bride, Michael Symon gave us this beef stew recipe. I love both the movie and a good beef stew, so I share it with you.  When it’s snowing and … 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

Fourth of July Menu

Two links for your fourth–these are what I always make for this holiday, and since I have very few opportunities to make “holiday centric” food, I relish these. And I found my pie plate, so the pie is a go! These are both from The Pioneer Woman, although the Pasta Salad is from Barefoot Contessa … Continue reading

Spaghetti With Lemon and Crab

From The Tuscan Sun Cookbook…although a real Italian would not combine cheese with seafood, you can be a bit blasphemous here in the States. 🙂 This is great in the spring and summer, especially, since it’s light and lovely. Spaghetti with Lemon and Crab 1 lb. spaghetti 1 lb. crabmeat 2 tbsp. EVOO 1/4 c. … Continue reading