penne alla vodka

If I had to guess who I was in my past life, I’d have to say an Italian =P  Italians can take a few simple ingredients like tomatoes, garlic, shallots, olive oil, a bit of cream and a splash of vodka and make something so comforting, so heart-warming and incredibly soul-satisfying that it just brings you back home, no matter where you are or who you’re with at the time. It’s no wonder that Rachel Ray called her version of penne alla vodka, You Won’t be Single for [...]

spaghetti bolognese

Back when I was in grade school, the joy of waking up early on Saturday mornings was being able to watch new episodes of my favorite cartoon shows. Surprisingly, not much as changed over the years. Nowadays, I wake up early on Saturday mornings to catch new episodes of my favorite cooking shows on the FoodNetwork.

Every once in a while, you’ll come across a recipe that you just know has to be good, even without taste- or smell-o-vision. That moment came one fine Saturday morning while I was [...]

linguine & mussels alla diavola

I had my first taste of sweet, succulent mussels at a recent visit to Mario Batali’s & Nancy Silverton’s Osteria Mozza restaurant in Los Angeles. For antipasti, we ordered steamed mussels with passato di pomodoro, chilies & herbs, served with crusty bread for dipping. This recipe was inspired by our meal that night and is my take on mussels in a spicy tomato sauce. My secret ingredient is crispy pancetta, which adds a salty complexity and a wonderful texture. If you can’t find pancetta, unsmoked bacon is a [...]

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