Seared Scallops and Fingerling Potatoes with Cilantro Chili Aioli

Fingerling Potatoes are at the market!  I love the sweetness of these delicate little potatoes, and their size makes it more reasonable to serve an entire potato than those giant fellows you get at the grocery store. Secretly (not so secretly), I hate peeling vegetables. I almost never peel carrots when a recipe calls for […]

Caesar Salad with Anchovies – A Meal for my Mother

Every Italian meal deserves a salad, right? This weekend, I made a Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage, and Chili Shrimp to celebrate my mom’s birthday, Mother’s Day, and another successful opera she put together with her company Belcantanti Opera. I was standing in pantry deciding on flavors and my stack of anchovy tins caught my eye….

Chili Shrimp – A Meal for my Mother

Mother’s Day is always a double hitter in my family, since my mom’s birthday always falls within a few days of the holiday. When I was a kid, the only gift my parents would accept was a good report card, or a piece of my art, but now that I give grades instead of receiving…

The Art of the Tea Sandwich

I had a friend who once told me his ex-girlfriend would never order sandwiches at a restaurant because if she pays for food, she demands more than someone just stacking ingredients between two pieces of bread. I can see the logic, but man, I love sandwiches! I order sandwiches all the time! There is an…

Smoked Salmon, Caper, and Cream Cheese Soufflé

You know, sometimes, I become obsessed with foods because of their famed difficulty to make. First it was the Macaron, then it was Cannelés Bordelais… finally, I worked my way up to the Soufflé. I love desserts, so my first attempts were in the sweet category. I will share my chocolate soufflé recipe one of…

Quick Leek and Onion Pasta with Anchovies

This is a really great weeknight dinner option. It takes only 20 minutes or so to make and is really satisfying with a crusty piece of bread or by itself. I really like the look of perciatelli pasta so when I do not feel like making homemade pasta, I reach for it on my shelf….