Veal Piccata with Cavatelli

Slice 2 small zucchinis lengthwise, cutting off ends. Place in a baking pan, peel side down. Drizzle with olive oil. Spread a pinch of cayenne on each. Place in the oven until it reaches 400 degrees. Then, broil until crisp on top. Remove from oven. When cool, cut zucchini into small chunks. Finely chop 1/2…

Fresh Pasta Mozzarella

Access to fresh pasta has rekindled a preference for it when possible. It is different, lighter and a bit stickier which makes sauces adhere better. It cooks much faster 2-3 minutes. No. I won’t go as far as to make it from scratch. In a non-stick fry pan, heat a little olive oil. Add hot…

Astice di Natale

CHRISTMAS LOBSTER PASTA Christmas Eve. After decades of Lobster Newburg, no such sauce to be found in Manhattan. So. A new recipe. Lobster in a butter sauce over fresh pasta. 1/4 lb. cooked lobster meat from Citarella per person. More is fine. Serves 8+. In a large stock pot on medium high, heat 2 –…

Holiday Shrimp Fra Diavolo

After you’ve trimmed the tree, it’s time for a hearty reward. Serves 2. Shell, clean 6-8 large shrimp per person. Pat dry and set aside in a bowl. In a large deep fry pan, heat 1 jar Rao’s or Citarella Arrabbiata sauce. Add 1/2 cup dry red wine, 1/4 tsp. cayenne, pepperoncini flakes and dried oregano to…

Best Veggie Pasta Ever

If I do say so myself. Inspired after watching favorite Lidia Bastianich’s Saturday show. Yet, I didn’t want meat or fish in the dish. A bright balance of ingredients came together just as I tasted them in my mind. A perfect supper with Frog’s Leap Zin. A little sauce dominates the taste. Make spaghetti as…

Summer End Pasta

Neighbor with greenest thumb ever brought over sweetest cherry tomatoes. Made a little spaghetti. Roasted zucchinis with olive oil, pepper and garlic powder. Put the cooked drained pasta back in the pasta pot, with no water. Turned to medium high heat, and stirred in chunks of the zucchini, the cherry tomatoes and a generous amount…

Colitti Spaghetti

They rhyme in our world. Like confetti. It’s a deep, thick sauce made with pork chop, bone-in. Father’s Day, Dad shouldn’t grill or cook. Pork chops are basically bland. So, on a gray, cool June day, will braise while watching Mickelson as the only guy starting under par on this U.S. Open Sunday. Serves 6….

Ben Piccata

mAdBen son came home from Manhattan craving my variation on veal scallopine piccata. Dr.Husband procured the finest milk-fed veal cutlets from Frigo’s Italian market in Springfield, Massachusetts. The owner, Joe, likes to pound them. I prefer them unpounded. It’s an ongoing battle, but I usually win.   Serves 4. So, cutlets are like 1/2″ thick….