ITALY


SPAGHETTI AGLIO E OLIO WITH ANCHOVY PASTE 2
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is one of my favorite pasta dishes ever. Super favorite if I must emphasize. My first exposure to Aglio E Olio was few years ago at Pasta de Waraku in Singapore and I have since declared that I have fallen in love with Aglio Olio. I […]

SPAGHETTI AGLIO E OLIO WITH ANCHOVY PASTE


LINGUINE FRUTTI DI MARE
My first Italian meal when I first set feet on Minnesota was linguine frutti di mare or known as seafood pasta at Buca di Beppo and I can tell you it has been my all-time favorite ever since. Every time we go to Buca, that’s pretty much what we order […]

LINGUINE FRUTTI DI MARE


CIOPPINO/ SEAFOOD STEW
This was my first time having cioppino. I often heard of it but never really knew what it was until I tried it from Bobby Flay’s Throwdown cookbook. It is so extremely delicious for real! Cioppino is an Italian-American stew/soup originated in San Francisco. Reading the history of it, cioppino […]

CIOPPINO / SEAFOOD STEW



CHICKEN MARSALA WITH SAGE
Chicken Marsala is a classic Italian dish that is made with chicken cutlets, Marsala wine and often you will see mushrooms in the dish. The chicken is lightly coated with flour and pan-fried. The Marsala sauce is made by reducing the mixture of shallots, herb (in this case, sage), chicken […]

CHICKEN MARSALA WITH SAGE


CHICKEN AND KALE RISOTTO WITH PINE NUTS AND BACON
I got this chicken and kale risotto with pine nuts and bacon recipe from Start Fresh cookbook by Tyler Florence. A friend asked me to share recipes that Fiorina likes. It can be challenging cooking for toddlers (at least mine). Overall, she has gotten better. She eats pretty much most […]

CHICKEN AND KALE RISOTTO WITH PINE NUTS AND BACON


VEAL SCALOPPINI WITH SAFFRON CREAM SAUCE
I actually made this dish to join Giada’s Let’s Get Cooking photo contest. There were 50 recipes to choose from Giada’s list and veal scaloppini with saffron cream sauce was one of the recipes that called my name when I saw it. I love veal and had been cooking several […]

VEAL SCALOPPINI WITH SAFFRON CREAM SAUCE



MOM'S LASAGNA
Michael Symon’s Mama that is :). He said that every Wednesday at his parent’s house was lasagna night and that was the night that all his friends begged to eat over. Mom’s lasagna cemented his mom, Angel, as best cook on the street. The smell of the baking lasagna traveled […]

MOM’S LASAGNA


vegetables
This is a Mediterannean-inspired dish that is simple and great as appetizer. It has lots of flavor. The eggplant dip is made with garlic, peppers, olives, pine nuts, and capers. I ate it with toasted pita bread I made and it was indeed fabulous. ROASTED EGGPLANT CAPONATA (8 servings) 1 […]

ROASTED EGGPLANT CAPONATA


CREAMY PARMESAN POLENTA
So, I have been seeing quite a bit of polenta recipe in different cookbooks, however, I hadn’t had a chance to try it. I decided to give it a try the other day while flipping through Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? cookbook. If you like cream of […]

FEED MY BABY: CREAMY PARMESAN POLENTA



CHICKEN MILANESE WITH TOMATO AND FENNEL SAUCE
As I started to type this entry, I was thinking how could I describe how good this chicken Milanese with tomato and fennel sauce is. Describing it as simply delicious seems to be an understatement. When my husband had his first bite into this chicken and the sauce, he said […]

CHICKEN MILANESE WITH TOMATO AND FENNEL SAUCE


pasta
This Sausage Carbonara has all the protein you need for the day if not more. The eggs, the sausage, the pancetta and the cheese. It is delicious though. I’ve never made a carbonara dish before, but I always like the creaminess and the eggs. This recipe is from Jamie Oliver’s […]

SAUSAGE CARBONARA


BUCATINI ALL'AMATRICIANA WITH SPICY SMOKED MOZZARELLA MEATBALLS
Oh My God, the title can’t be anymore mouthful than that. As beautiful as the title is, this dish is really good too. This Italian dish by Giada De Laurentiis from her Giada At Home cookbook is one of my favorite pasta dishes. I’ve always enjoyed watching Giada since I […]

BUCATINI ALL’AMATRICIANA WITH SPICY SMOKED MOZZARELLA MEATBALLS



SPAGHETTI FRITTERS/ FRITTELLE DI SPAGHETTI
Spaghetti Fritters is a fried pasta dish. I have never seen or heard of fried spaghetti dishes before. I’ve cooked with Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks such as Happy Days with the Naked Chef and The Naked Chef. I saw Jamie’s Italy cookbook and just picked it up and I knew he […]

SPAGHETTI FRITTERS/ FRITTELLE DI SPAGHETTI


PASTA AND SHRIMP PARCELS
Pasta and Shrimp Parcels is really an ideal dish if you have guest coming over for dinner. The parcels can be prepared in advance, then put in the oven when you guys are ready to chow. Besides, I love the idea of unwrapping your food on the dinner table. It’s […]

PASTA AND SHRIMP PARCELS


calamari
This was my first attempt of making Calamari after browsing through Alton Brown’s Good Eats cookbook. He had two different recipes for Calamari, wet-fried Calamari and dry-fried Calamari. This recipe was for dry-fried Calamari. Very easy to make and you really can’t go wrong with combination of S & P […]

CALAMARI



Meatballs and pasta 2
As common as meatballs and pasta is, believe it or not, I never had it before. I’m not sure why. Most importantly though I’ve tried it now and made the meatballs from scratch too lol! Thanks to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution 😉 MEATBALLS AND PASTA (4 servings) 4 sprigs of […]

MEATBALLS AND PASTA


spaghetti 2
There are days when I just want to cook something easy and light. When I flipped through Jamie Oliver’s Happy Days with The Naked Chef cook book, I saw Spaghetti with Marjoram and Tomatoes recipe. This simple yet healthy and refreshing dish just get my attention. The taste of the […]

EASY PEASY SPAGHETTI WITH MARJORAM AND TOMATOES