“THIS (pointing at his plate), THIS is old school ITALIAN food”

C told me that tonight – for the first time – I’d made real Italian food. “Um,” I replied, “What about my lasagna?” “Nope. That’s too fancy.” “Meatballs?” “Um, no. You don’t make REAL Italian Meatballs.” “Well, I make my … Continue reading

We should call these HOT DAMN Split Peas

Why? Um, because they are SO DAMN GOOD. I made up this recipe…kind of a riff on lotsa recipes I’ve heard of in passing. I took a handful of peeled shallots, sautéed them in a splash of Garlic Confit, added … Continue reading

It’s like Italian food…but for Jews

For dinner tonight I made Pastelicos with Spicy Meat Filling. ‘Um,” C said, “What’s that?” “They’re kinda like Italian Rice Balls – but with mashed potatoes on the outside, no cheese, and ground beef with onions in the middle.” “So, … Continue reading

I don’t know if you could really call this Tartar Sauce…

Since it’s Passover right now, everything is kinda turned upside down in our kitchen. We are limited in our options and ingredients – even more so than usual. In this house, for the duration of the holiday, we don’t eat … Continue reading

Matza-Chicken Turnovers

  Today for dinner I decided to make some chicken wrapped in matza, dipped in egg and then fried. I served this with sautéed Mushrooms and Spinach (my old standby). In theory, what you’re supposed to do is ‘moisten’ the … Continue reading

I wanna lick the screen

Last night was the first night of Passover. We eat a great big meal and sing lots of songs and say a ton of prayers and drink loads of wine. It’s called Seder and this happens to be my FAVORITE … Continue reading