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Linguine with Clam Sauce

Keeping with National Pasta Month, here is a standard recipe in our house. Since the idea of this blog is supposed to be a simple recipes and techniques, I need to point out there are many ways to make pasta with clams. You can use whole clams, add tomatoes, thicken the sauce with flour and…… Continue reading Linguine with Clam Sauce

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My Dad’s Italian Meat Ball Recipe

This is part two of the DeSando Family Spaghetti & Meatball recipe (https://cookingsecretsformen.com/2017/10/17/desando-family-recipe-for-spaghetti-meatballs/) . My dad cooked the meatballs in the red sauce that simmered all night. I used to do it that way, but have found baking them in the oven, then cooking them in the sauce, produces a very flavorful spaghetti sauce, with…… Continue reading My Dad’s Italian Meat Ball Recipe

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DeSando Family Recipe for Spaghetti & Meatballs

This is our family recipe that has been handed down for multiple generations. My grandfather Frank, who emigrated from Calabria, taught my dad, who taught me. And I have subsequently taught my two sons, Luke & Carlo, how to make this rich red sauce and succulent meatballs. (Meatball recipe to follow – https://cookingsecretsformen.com/2017/10/18/my-dads-italian-meat-ball-recipe/) DeSando Family…… Continue reading DeSando Family Recipe for Spaghetti & Meatballs

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Pasta with Fried Lemons and Red Pepper Flakes

This is the first of several pasta recipes that are favorites of mine. Pasta with Fried Lemons and Red Pepper Flakes takes a little work, but it has an interesting taste and texture. Adapted from the NY Times cooking section (https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016815-pasta-with-fried-lemons-and-chile-flakes) Yield – 4 to 6 servings Time – 30 minutes You probably have a “go-to”…… Continue reading Pasta with Fried Lemons and Red Pepper Flakes

Tips & Short Cuts

October is National Pasta Month

Not sure why, but October is National Pasta Month. As an Italian, I am all for that. I will be posting several of my favorite pasta recipes over the month or so. First a couple of tips about cooking pasta: Always make sure you have a pot of boiling water going before adding the pasta.…… Continue reading October is National Pasta Month

Recipes · Restaurant Reviews

The Bluebird Restaurant, Leland, Mi. Peas and Peanuts Salad

The Bluebird Restaurant, Leland, Mi. – Peas and Peanuts Salad If you are not a “Leland Person”, you may find this combination odd. But in Leland, this is a this is a time-honored staple of the dining scene. Not only is it served at the ‘Bird as a side or on the salad bar, you…… Continue reading The Bluebird Restaurant, Leland, Mi. Peas and Peanuts Salad