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Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca a great fall/winter weather meal. It is a comfort food. What does Pasta Puttanesca mean? There are almost as many explanations for the origins of pasta puttanesca as there are ways to make it. “Puttanesca” literally translates to “in the style of prostitutes.” It  is supposedly because the pungent aromas of garlic, anchovies,…… Continue reading Pasta Puttanesca

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Pasta Carbonara Alla Luke (DeSando)

My son, Luke DeSando, shows a simple way to cook Pasta Carbonara. In his recipe, there is no added cream or butter. And you avoid scrambling the eggs by tempering them. The result is a creamy texture and fully cooked eggs. I think creaminess is the main goal. The explanation of tempering is in the…… Continue reading Pasta Carbonara Alla Luke (DeSando)

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Meatballs – My Dad’s Italian Meatball Recipe

We conclude our Meatball Series with what meatballs really should be: Italian, handmade, little round balls of flavor, served with a red sauce over pasta.This is part of the DeSando Family Spaghetti & Meatball recipe (Desando Family Spaghetti & Meatball Recipe). My dad cooked the meatballs in the red sauce that simmered all night. The…… Continue reading Meatballs – My Dad’s Italian Meatball Recipe

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Stuffed Shells with Ratatouille

Those of us of a certain age grew up with stuffed shells and stuffed peppers as “gourmet” cooking back in the day. I remember how proud my mother was to present such an interesting way to serve a meal. These Stuffed Shells with Ratatouille are an easy weeknight meal, ready in minutes and in this…… Continue reading Stuffed Shells with Ratatouille

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Eggplant Parmesan – Simple and Easy

https://youtu.be/QcVjPnMeYns Eggplant Parmesan (or Eggplant Parm) is a tasty, vegetarian dish, that can be made in a simple or complex manner. You could make your own red sauce, peel the eggplant, cut it length wise, pan fry the eggplant on the stove top in batches, shred your own cheese. Or you can do it the…… Continue reading Eggplant Parmesan – Simple and Easy