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…

Cod with Yogurt Dill Sauce

Serves 2. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup plain yogurt, 3 tbs. crushed dill weed, juice of 1/2 lemon, ground white pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or more. When ready to cook, bring sauce to room temperature. Sprinkle Spanish paprika on both sides of a 1 lb. cod filet….

Lemon Sole

A flat fish native to Northern Europe. It is neither truly sole, nor lemon-flavored. The name is a French derivative which describes the outer scales of the fish and its shallow waters habitat. Since filets are thin, it cooks very quickly. A cartilage spine splits it and small bones need to be removed. Cut the…

Seared Swordfish Steaks

Serves 2. Pat dry 2 swordfish steaks and place in a hot non-stick fry pan, no oil. Sear 2-3 minutes on each side depending on thickness to achieve a golden color. Remove from pan to a plate. Turn heat to medium. Add 3 tbs. olive oil, 4-6 sliced green onions/scallions, 4 tbs. capers, 4 tbs….

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…

Radicchio Anchovy Braise

Best side dish I’ve made in a while. Serves 2. In a non-stick fry pan, heat oil from jar of Sicilian anchovies. Add wedges of a fresh radicchio and brown. Add 6-7 of the Sicilian anchovy fillets from the jar, minced. Pour in 1/2 cup chicken broth, bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 8 minutes….

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…

Vitello Balsamico

Sautéed Veal Chops with Balsamic & Thyme   Bring 1″ veal rib chops to room temperature. Pat dry. Season on both sides with ground black pepper, garlic powder, dried thyme, sea salt to taste. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.   On the stovetop, heat a dry sauté pan until hot. Place chops into pan and sear…

City Scampi

Usually broil scampi for 6 minutes. No turning on top rack. The Pierre Franey way. In a gas oven, need to bring temperature up before broiling and close oven door. Or can also sauté. Either way… Serves 2. In a small bowl, add 8 large dried, cleaned shrimp per person. Coat with extra virgin olive…

Scallops w/ Pancetta

In a fry pan, crisp up pancetta cut into small pieces to taste. Remove to a paper towel on a dish. Serves generous 2. In the same pan sear 12-16 sea scallops in the pancetta drippings and if necessary a little olive oil. 3 minutes on each side. Scallops should not be touching and will…

Chicken Rosh Hashanah

For a sweet and tender start to the Jewish New Year. Enjoyed at a family get together a few blocks south this year. Happy 5777! Serves 4-6. Place 4 chicken thighs and 4 breasts, bone-in, skin-on, in a large baking dish. Rub each piece with salt, ground black pepper and ground cumin to taste. Sauce:…