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Spicy Italian: Godfather Sauce

Henry Hill, a character in Goodfellas who should have been in the Godfather series, once said, “… right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce, and I got egg noodles and ketchup.” That’s not one crime, that’s two. I only hope Henry didn’t have his pistol with him or we’d […]

Keep the Green All Year 'Round with Herb and Chile Paste

Nowadays it’s easy to get fresh herbs most any time of the year. Most supermarkets keep a nice variety on hand, it seems; as do specialty grocers. Parsley (flat and curly), cilantro, leeks (yes, I think of these as an herb); sometimes the less often used ones, like dill and fennel. Still, there are times […]

Meaty Tuesday: Spicy Peasant Bolognese

Once upon a time there was a thing called Meatless Tuesday. There was a war on, you see; there’s always a war on. Back then the French, British and others were not only fighting the Germans on their own turf, but they were starving in the process. So part of American support for the […]

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Pitta Pizzulata!

Pizza may have come from almost anywhere in the Old World, it appears. Many cultures have had flat breads for centuries, and putting other food on a flat, edible surface is a natural step to take. The first documented pizza seems to be from about 1889, although it was made in a place called […]