Over the years, I’ve learned that Spaghetti is not Spaghetti, is not Spaghetti. The rich, and wonderful tomato sauce that my mom made us growing up, is closest to a Bolognese sauce. On the much lighter, faster, and easier to cook end of the spectrum is a Pomodoro sauce. Pomodoro is meant to be a fast and easy tomato sauce with a relatively few, fresh ingredients.
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Recipes and Techniques
Growing up, the only way I knew how to cook steak was on the grill. And I gotta admit that bringing flame to meat was, and still is, a satisfyingly primal expression of the culinary arts. However, over the years, I've found that great steaks can indeed be cooked on the grill, and so each time it's time to cook a steak, I gotta make the grill or not to grill call.
While I love to cook steaks indoors, in a cast iron pan, getting out over the open flames, on a grill satisfies a primal need to bring fire and meat together. It also, joyfully, imparts an awesome flavor to a great steak. But alas, how to grill a perfect steak still eludes many folks, and I've seen and eaten to many prime cuts of beef, that were tortured on the grill.
While conventional wisdom is that bigger is always better, I've found that is decidedly not the case when it comes to burgers. A few years ago, after having some damn tasty sliders out at a local bar, I decided to give them a try at home. And while, I do still make big, huge, manly half pound burgers occasionally, I've really gotten into these tiny little versions.
Spinach Salad, may not sound like the most exciting recipe in the world. But what if I add in words like bacon, bacon vinaigrette, apple, feta? Becomes a bit more tantalizing doesn't it? This spinach salad is one of my favorites for a starter course, or as a side salad for say a big summer BBQ. It's easy to make, the favors work great together, and it looks beautiful.
Saltimbocca, in Italian, means "jumps in the mouth", and after tasting this chicken saltimbocca you'll understand why. Traditionally, the recipe is made with veal, but because chicken is easier to get and a bit healthier, I usually make it using boneless skinless chicken breasts.
T-Bone Steak, also called The Porterhouse, is my goto when whenever I’m feeling a bit indecisive. I love a New York Strip, and I love Filet Mignon, but when I want both, I go to the T-bone, where one side of the “letter shaped” bone is the filet, and the other the strip; I get the best of both worlds.
When asparagus is in season, I can’t get enough of it. And that includes making this yummy cream of asparagus soup. While I’ll use asparagus as my vegetable for many a dinner, the soup itself is a perfect light dinner, maybe with a simple salad or crusty bread. And it also freezes well, so that I can make large batches and pull it out throughout the year.
Bacon and onions just go together really well. So why not on pizza? Making pizza’s at home is always a hit with my family. Partly because, everyone gets to choose their own toppings. For this pizza, I when with a combination of freshly sautéed bacon and green onions, or scallions.
Chicken breast recipes are a goto in my house because they are simple to make, yet the variety of disk that you can come up with is nearly endless. Here, I show you how to make a seared chicken breast with a morel mushroom cream sauce. Cooking the chicken itself, only takes about 8 minutes, and is the same technique I use for a ton of chicken recipes.