Flowering broccoli rabe has been abundant at the farmers’ markets as of late. It’s one of the first spring vegetables, at least here in the northeast. This flowering rabe is not nearly as bitter as the broccoli rabe I’m accustomed to; although, I don’t mind the bitterness (by the way, broccoli rabe is also known … Continue Reading

  Fresh tomatoes and basil just SCREAM pizza to me.  Nope, summer is not over just yet. Even though I live in the land of great pizza (NYC baby), still enjoy making my own.  While I love a slice of New York’s finest, I have equal affinity for Roman-style ever since I tasted Gabriele Bonci’s … Continue Reading

I’ve grown to really appreciate a slow braise.  Braising seems particularly well-suited for a cold winter’s day (okay, technically not winter anymore, but it’s still cold around here).  The kind of day in which you have no plans to leave your house, but rather to curl up with a good book or binge watch/catch up … Continue Reading

Holy cow, can’t believe I’m moving to New York City.  This Saturday.  Am Brooklyn bound.  Going back to my roots.  Was born in NYC and lived there (Queens) until I was 7-years-old, before moving to New Jersey, Maryland, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. — and now full swing back to New York. Looking forward to experiencing … Continue Reading

Homemade Pasta: Cappelletti (“Little Hats”). Now that you have homemade cappelletti (or, perhaps, store-bought stuffed pasta/ravioli when you’re short on time), you need a light and delicate broth in which to bath them. That’s where the Parmesan rind comes into play.  Do you typically discard your Parmesan rinds?  Or, are you a Parmesan rind hoarder?? … Continue Reading