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Pasta alla Zozzona

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Zozzo actually means dirty and Pasta alla Zozzona loosely translates to a big dirty mess.  The ingredients of the four pasta dishes for which Romans are famous, Amatriciana, Cacio e Pepe, Carbonara and alla Gricia, are blended together to create one of the most decadent and memorable pastas I have […]

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Green Chili Turkey “Tetrazzini”

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With an Italian-sounding name, you may be surprised to learn that this dish originated in America. It is said that in the early 1900’s when Italian opera star, Luisa Tetrazzini, came to perform at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco the chef created this dish and named it after her. […]

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Torta di Riso

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The perfect description for Torta di Riso, is a crustless rice quiche.  The Italian name, Torta di Riso, translates to a very mundane-sounding (but certainly not mundane-tasting) “rice pie”.  Many of the best-known Torta di Riso recipes are rich desserts featuring ricotta, but this Northern Italian staple is a savory […]

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Mushroom “Bolognese”

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You won’t believe there isn’t any meat in this in this Mushroom “Bolognese”.  The mushrooms mimic the same rich, hearty texture and taste of the meat.  Roasting the mushrooms first concentrates their flavor.  Avoid the urge to salt your mushrooms before roasting. Mushrooms retain a lot of moisture, which salt […]

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Pasta with Braised Pork Ragù

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Neapolitan Ragù is a slowly simmered Italian meat and tomato sauce, made with large chunks of meat rather than ground meat.  The meat is usually pork but can be beef, sausage, or a combination.  The sauce from cooking the meat is usually served over pasta and the meat is served […]