Nori (seaweed) tagliatelle.  A tad unusual when it comes to pasta.  Sometimes you need a dash of unusual in your life.  Keeps you on your toes.  Makes life interesting. I was in a cute, little Italian market (in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn) the other day.  They had a nice selection of dried pasta.  One in … Continue Reading

Am curious by nature.  The process, the how and why, intrigue me.  Maybe it has to do with the fact that I was a scientist in my earlier life (my first few jobs out of college entailed working with mice and rats in a laboratory; I quickly learned that such work was not my calling). … Continue Reading

Feels like spring has FINALLY arrived (maybe?).  I see small glimpses. A few flowering trees dotted around Brooklyn. The arrival of ramps. Even some Jersey asparagus at the farmers’ market this past weekend. Spring greens, it’s what I’ve been waiting for/craving all winter long. Can’t wait to get my hands on these guys. Oh yes, … 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

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