Healthy Spaghetti and Meatballs: 2 Secret Ingredients

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The key to the greatest meatballs, unfortunately, is using tender, fatty ground meat….which is why many of the best recipes include both ground beef and ground pork (and sometimes ground veal). All that fatty richness goes straight to my backside and sometimes I just want a lighter version of meatballs. My first several attempts at healthy-tizing meatballs were all just …

Zucchini Frittata Recipe

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I’ve known Giuliano, Lael and the girls since their early days of the blog. The Hazan’s live in Sarasota, Florida, just a few minutes hop down the interstate from us. If you’re not familiar with Giuliano, I’m sure you’ve heard of his mother, Italian cooking doyenne, Marcella Hazan, whom I was lucky enough to spend time with a couple of …

Rosemary Garlic Steak

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I’ve been fortunate in my life to meet some of the greatest people who have influenced food in a major way, from television chefs like Martin Yan to cooking greats like Jacques Pepin. But the person who I’ve enjoyed meeting the most is Marcella Hazan, who happens to live here in Florida. (read about when I first met Marcella and …

Chicken Caprese (using leftover chicken)

Chicken Caprese Recipe

It’s high tomato and basil season here (I know, insert a groan from those suffering in 16F weather) and with a massive pile of leftover turkey from Christmas dinner, it’s Turkey Caprese for dinner tonight. The dish is dead simple and I can’t think of a better way to dress up leftover protein. Just pile on slices of tomato and …

Tiramisu Cupcakes

Tiramisu Cupcake recipe

I just have to put it out there that if I’m going to spend the calories on a dessert, it should satisfy not only my sweet (and salty) tooth, but also take care of my boozy tooth too. Specifically, desserts that include some sort of dunking, spritzing or drizzling of alcohol that can make my toes tingle is a good …

Meeting Marcella & Victor Hazan

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It’s funny how a little thing like lunch can be a life changer. For Marcella Hazan, it was when Craig Claiborne of the NY Times came to lunch in 1970….and shortly thereafter, celebrities, writers, chefs and other-important-people-who-can-make-your-career started coming to Marcella’s classes to learn about authentic Italian cooking. Six best-selling books, Lifetime Achievement awards and changing the way Americans cook, …

Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter

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I recently had the pleasure of meeting, cooking and dining with Marcella and Victor Hazan at their home in Florida. At 87 years old, Marcella Hazan is a legend in the culinary world, having influenced millions of Americans on the art of Italian cooking. Of all recipes, I think this is simple Tomato Sauce is what she’s most famous for. …

Scarpetta’s Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Garlic Basil Oil

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Scarpetta in New York City is most famous for its Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil. People pay $24 for a serving. Yes, that’s right: twenty-four dollars. And we’re not talking about the family-style mound you’d find in a sticky-floored Italian joint. This is one of those fancy-restaurant, daintily plated serving sizes. If you twirl your fork three times, you’d get …