Ever since the very first trip to Italy in 2020, I’ve been addicted to recreating as closely as possible some of the Italian dishes we ate on our vacation. My favorite Roman pasta dish is carbonara. In total, there are four pasta dishes that are Roman staples. Pasta all’Amatriciana isRead More →

Chef’s Notes Cacio is an Italian word for sheep’s cheese, and it’s a variation on cacio e pepe pasta (literally “pasta with cheese and pepper”), which was one of the cheap but extremely satisfying dinners I made a lot when I was in college. The roasted nuts add crunch, whichRead More →

Planning a delicious and romantic evening doesn’t have to take you farther than your own kitchen. You don’t have to be an accomplished chef to set the table for romance, but you can take inspiration from simple, quality Italian dishes to celebrate the connection between food and love. As theseRead More →

Making pizza at home sounds fun, but homemade pizza dough can be finicky, even if you’ve practiced a lot. Still, that doesn’t mean delivery is the only way to satisfy a craving. Solution: French bread. Squishy Supermarket French Bread is a ready-to-use vehicle for your favorite pizza toppings. Sure, youRead More →

HHow is your relationship with your blender? Is it in the cabinet hidden behind the waffle maker? If so, it might be time to remove it again and reconnect. The appliance, which was the hot new gadget in home kitchens in the 1930s, is a reliable old standby that canRead More →

A great way to add flavor to a pasta dish is to toast the noodles in oil, which brings out nutty notes that add complexity to the end result. And a great example of this lesson is sopa seca, which translates to “dry soup” from Spanish. This Mexican dish typicallyRead More →

A great way to add flavor to a pasta dish is to toast the noodles in oil, which brings out nutty notes that add complexity to the end result. And a great example of this lesson is sopa seca, which translates to “dry soup” in Spanish. This Mexican dish usuallyRead More →

Our wine of the week, Paul Mathew Vineyards, 2018 Bohemian Vineyard, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($ 65), is a sweet and pretty wine with a translucent glow in the glass and a delicious delicacy on the palate. The aromas include a kiss of rose petals and the tangy scentRead More →

A great way to add flavor to a pasta dish is to toast the noodles in oil, which brings out nutty notes that add complexity to the end result. And a great example of this lesson is sopa seca, which translates to “dry soup” in Spanish. This Mexican dish usuallyRead More →

A great way to add flavor to a pasta dish is to toast the noodles in oil, which brings out nutty notes that add complexity to the end result. And a good example of this lesson is sopa seca, which translates to “dry soup” from Spanish. This Mexican dish usuallyRead More →

One of my most treasured home decor items is my instant noodle rack, its contents displayed exactly as you would see in a convenience store. It takes up an entire section of my library and always contains at least four to five different instant noodles, from spicy Korean ramyun toRead More →

You know Anthony ‘Rocco’ DiGrazia from his famous restaurant dedicated to everything Windy City, Rocco’s Little Chicago. But did you know the Chicago native also spends his free time perfecting Old County recipes? DiGrazia shares with us one of her staple comfort food recipes that are sure to please anyRead More →