Cutting carbs? Try our Zoodles alla Checca

Need a recipe that is healthy, tasty and takes 15 minutes to make? Try our go-to, Pasta alla Checca. Tomato, basil, parmesan and garlic is the classic combination of flavors that makes up this savory pasta dish, and it always just feels like summer to us. The first time I remember making this was with…

Air fryer arancini: When the leftovers beat the original

Last night’s risotto becomes this night’s tasty side dish We suspect arancini – Italian fried rice balls – were invented as a way to dress up someone’s leftover risotto. At least, that’s how we discovered them. And our air fryer makes them easy and a bit less caloric – and still pretty delicious. (Or fry…

A favorite reborn: risotto with anchovies and capers

We turned a beloved pasta dish into a delicious risotto loaded with flavor and umami We’ve had a secret fave pasta recipe for years. It’s secret because, even though we entertain a lot, we can envision friends and family turning their noses up at the ingredient list. (ANCHOVIES! GASP!) It’s also an easy weeknight meal…

Here’s a salad to get you grilling some peaches

One of the best parts of summer cooking is fresh, seasonal ingredients to work with. Coming up with new and delicious recipes with goodies from our garden and from the local market is what cooking is all about for us. We have competition in the garden: hail, deer, rabbits and turkeys. But what Mother Nature…

Basics: Make your own semolina pasta

Sometimes, cooking is just about getting fed. You crank out a meal to get on with your day, hopefully with minimal effort. Think ham sandwich. But sometimes, people like us cook for the sheer pleasure of the process. If there are more steps in the recipe, that’s a good thing. On days like those, sometimes…

Traditional, delicious pasta carbonara

Pasta is comfort food. It is also a versatile, empty canvas ready to become a masterpiece by adding any flavor or ingredient that suits you. We make our own pasta occasionally, but often use either fresh or dried pasta for a quick weeknight meal. Straight outta the Grimm pantry/fridge hails a family favorite: pasta alla…

Basics: Here’s your new weeknight tomato sauce

Here’s a recipe everyone should have in their back pocket. It’s a revered 4-ingredient tomato sauce made famous by esteemed chef Marcella Hazan. It comes together in under an hour with almost no effort, and it shows that good cooking can be simple and stress-free. Try it; you’ll be blown away. Basically you throw the…