You can make this dish in about 5 minutes. The secret is buying fresh asparagus and then trimming it correctly.
Some call it sauce, and those that call it gravy are wrong. I’ll get some flack for taking a position in this Italian-American debate, but that’s what I grew up calling it. In Italy, it’s called ragu (for a meat sauce) and salsa (for a […]
This is a french recipe for adult macaroni and cheese (but the kids will love it too).
This recipe comes directly from Ireland where Irish housewives and chefs shared their secrets.
Sometimes you need a recipe like this to remind you how easy perfection can be.
Store-bought Oreos are delicious but these are even better with real flavors replacing the processed ones.
You won’t miss the calories in this healthy dish made with an authentic Italian carrot sauce.
This is a quick and easy version of a classic Italian dessert called “Zuppa Inglese,” popular in Northern Italy.
These cookies have only three ingredients but taste great, better than store-bought versions.
This Turkish dish is similar to eggplant parmesan but without the cheese and without as much work.
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Here’s a simple and delicious way to cook shrimp, perfect for a quick weeknight supper but also impressive for a special occassion.
This simple recipe has always produced a moist, flavorful bird.
This is one of my favorite recipes from the weekly Dorm Room Chef series I produced for the Boston Globe.
Two recipes for making this popular Thanksgiving side dish: one is a classic from Campbell Soup and the other is a healthier version, from scratch. Both are quick and easy.
Nepitella completes the trifecta of Italian herbs that are a must-have in any Tuscan kitchen.
You can make these at a moment’s notice and are great to bring to a party. But watch out: they’re addictive.
These are some of my favorite recipes from the weekly Dorm Room Chef series I produced for the Boston Globe.
It’s like a giant, luxurious, but surprisingly light, arancini.
This combination of roast chicken, potatoes, shrimp and salad was impulsive and glorious.
This soup is easy to make and guaranteed to make you healthy.
The light batter is reminiscent of tempura: another example of the similarities between Asian and Italian cuisine.
By Mark Micheli (This story ran in the Feb. 22, 2015 edition of the Boston Sunday Globe.) MALDEN — It took Maria Tran 11 tries before she successfully left Vietnam in 1984. “It was not a trip. It was an escape,” said the owner of […]
This will warm up even the coldest person on a winter’s night.
French cooking doesn’t have to be complicated as evidenced by this simple to follow recipe for a classic soup.
Why would anyone make their own hummus when it’s readily available at most supermarkets? Because the homemade is that much better. Trust me.
(I wrote this article for the Boston Globe and after much digging was able to find out that the ban was in place for 50 years.) By Mark Micheli Globe Correspondent Italian cold cut connoisseurs are eagerly awaiting the arrival of imported salami, pancetta, coppa, […]
(Above: Head baker and manager Ben Tock of Bricco Panetteria in Boston’s North End. ) I wrote a story for the Boston Globe about a North End bakery that specializes in old world Italian bread. I thought a Globe photographer was scheduled to take photos at […]
This is savory and sweet: perfect as a meal or as a dessert.
Instead of serving cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto for a first course, try this.
The wine is fermenting nicely today. I went into the basement and I could hear it rumbling: the sound is like that of water boiling gently on the stove. An audible “boil” started yesterday, about three days after crushing the grapes. This is a little unusual, as […]
It’s got to be fall somewhere. And so it is: in Chile. That’s why I’m able to make wine today. I purchased 10 boxes of Malbec grapes from a vineyard in Chile. I picked them up at the Beer and Wine Hobby Store in Woburn […]
This is sure to impress your guests. It’s easy and quick to make, but don’t tell them that.
Bacon, eggs and cheese. This is Italian comfort food at its most rustic.
(Above: Mothers, daughters, cousins, and nieces all celebrated Greek food in the RootsLiving kitchen.) After an amazing trip to Greece last month, Trish asked for a “Big Fat Greek Mother’s Day” party for herself and her cousins and our niece, Jenno. So I whipped out […]
These make great holiday gifts too, but be sure the recipient can handle their alcohol.
Chef Todd English makes a good lasagna. I still remember one I had at his Olive’s Restaurant in Boston that was made with veal. He has a knack for taking an old standard and then being innovative, without being preposterous, paying more attention to the […]
Working from home has its benefits and one of them is being able to plan a breakfast meeting in your own backyard. Last week I held an editor’s meeting in the great outdoors. No sterile company conference room or institutional cafeteria for us. Since we’re […]
These rich and creamy potatoes will have your guests asking for the recipe and more.
Blending these ingredients may seem strange, but it creates a savory, sweet dish.
The time and effort is worth it to make the best roast beef for sandwiches you ever had.
So maybe you forgot to go shopping or make a dinner plan. You’ve worked all day and now you have the dreaded task of figuring out what’s for dinner. You hate to spend money on take-out again: a pizza, subs, chinese food, etc. But you’re […]
This is based on my mother’s Italian tomato sauce recipe and can be used on most anything that calls for tomato sauce.
Fat Tuesday is also called “Pancake Day” in the United Kingdom and Ireland where many feast on fatty foods the day before Lent begins.
Don’t let the name fool you. This bread is not too sweet. It goes great with morning coffee or an after-dinner glass of red wine.
After the clock struck 12, and after the obligatory flute of champagne (actually it was an old bottle of Asti Spumanti that had been sitting in the RootsLiving wine cellar for 10 years), we ended the night last night with hot Tom and Jerry cocktails. […]
These sweet biscuit cookies are from the Garfagnana mountain region of Tuscany.
When I was a boy, this was my favorite dish to eat at my grandmother’s house.
Liquor and fruit? To most Americans, that’s as crazy as wheat germ with a side of fries. However, Europeans often pair the healthy with the good stuff. Think of crepe suzette or zabaglione. I remember my father eating a bowl of strawberries, red wine and […]
When you walk into Polcari’s Coffee store in Boston’s North End it’s like walking back in time: a very fragrant time. The scent of more than 40 different types of coffee beans mingles with the scent of a 100 different freshly ground spices to create […]
So here it is mid-July. You’re probably stuck, toiling away at work somewhere. Before the summer slips away, it’s time to take stock. What are your favorite things to do in the summer? Make a list now, before it’s too late. And make sure you do […]
Now, here is someone you need to check out: Musician and culinary school-trained chef Jen Kearney. I saw her and her band, “The Lost Onion,” at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, Mass. last year and was blown away. Her band –six pieces including trumpet, sax, and […]