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Italian

Antipasti Platter: Mix and Match These 4 Appetizers

Consider these Italian tapas: appetizers before a full meal or delicious snacks for an intimate cocktail party.

Nepitella and Mushroom Spaghetti

Nepitella and Mushroom Spaghetti

This is quick and easy to make: perfect for a weeknight.

Quick Tomato Sauce

Quick Tomato Sauce

From a nineteenth-century, classic, Italian cookbook, it doesn’t get any more authentic than this.

Torta d’patata

Torta d’patata

This is a very thin and savory potato cake from northern Italy.

Ma’s Stuffed Peppers

This is an easy one and the kids like them too. Feel free to dip them in ketchup. 

Best Super Bowl App: AI (Asian-Italian) Chicken Wings

Best Super Bowl App: AI (Asian-Italian) Chicken Wings

Here’s something different and guaranteed to be addictive.

Quick, Easy Nutella Cookies

Quick, Easy Nutella Cookies

These are so good, it’s hard to stop eating them.

Recipe Videos From Boston’s Best Chefs

This is one of my favorite recipes from the weekly Dorm Room Chef series I produced for the Boston Globe.

Sartu di Riso: One of the Best Dishes, Ever

Sartu di Riso: One of the Best Dishes, Ever

It’s like a giant, luxurious, but surprisingly light, arancini.

Chickplantasagna is born

Chickplantasagna is born

We were hungry. I had eggplant, zucchini, some leftover cheddar cheese and a new block of Parmesan Reggiano in the refrigerator. All day long I thought of those ingredients and asked myself what I could make for dinner. Around 4 p.m., the answer came to […]

Tuscan-Style Fried Sage Leaves

Tuscan-Style Fried Sage Leaves

The light batter is reminiscent of tempura: another example of the similarities between Asian and Italian cuisine.

Caponata, aka: Sweet and Sour Eggplant

Caponata, aka: Sweet and Sour Eggplant

This is delicious by itself as a side dish or when mixed with pasta.

Forget the Snow, It’s Stew-A-Palooza – 2015

Forget the Snow, It’s Stew-A-Palooza – 2015

Dorm Room Chef: Dante de Magistris Makes Steak Pizzaiola from Mark Micheli on Vimeo. (This is one of my favorite recipes from the weekly Dorm Room Chef series I produced during 2014. It’s steak pizzaiola made in a slow cooker: easy and delicious. Watch the […]

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers The Way My Mother Made Them

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers The Way My Mother Made Them

Light, crisp, delicate and delicious.

Mushrooms Stuffed With Nepitella Pesto

Mushrooms Stuffed With Nepitella Pesto

Nepitella is a cross between basil and mint and pairs perfectly with mushrooms.

Stracciatella Soup

Stracciatella Soup

This is also called, “Roman Egg Drop Soup.”

Pumpkin Gnocchi in an Almond Cream Sauce

Pumpkin Gnocchi in an Almond Cream Sauce

This is a sweet, savory, gooey piece of heaven.

Risotto (This time with mushrooms and eggplant)

Risotto (This time with mushrooms and eggplant)

Making risotto is not hard, but it is an art.

Marco’s Fuscilli

Marco’s Fuscilli

You can make this dish as fast as it takes you to boil a pot of water.

Patata Ball In Tomato Sauce

Patata Ball In Tomato Sauce

This makes a great first course or can be served as a side dish.

Meal Plan: Blending French, Italian, Old and New in Southern France

Meal Plan: Blending French, Italian, Old and New in Southern France

Here’s a meal plan that will work for vegetarians and meat eaters.

Parmesan Basket With Risotto or Rice

Parmesan Basket With Risotto or Rice

This is sure to impress your guests. It’s easy and quick to make, but don’t tell them that.

Gnocchi Di Pollo E Patata Soup

Gnocchi Di Pollo E Patata Soup

This is chicken and potato gnocchi soup from the classic nineteenth century Italian cookbook, The Art of Eating Well, by Pellegrino Artusi.

Stuffed Artichokes

Stuffed Artichokes

Learn how to make and eat this classic Italian side dish.

Meal Plan: Julia meets Bruna

Meal Plan: Julia meets Bruna

This makes a great hearty meal in the winter.

Ribollita Soup

Ribollita Soup

Also known as “Tuscan Bean Soup,” this is a real crowd pleaser.

Prized Recipe: Chicken with Polenta

Prized Recipe: Chicken with Polenta

(Special thanks to professional food photographer Russell French for photographing this meal. His photos appear courtesy of Russell French Studio.) This is one of my prized recipes. My grandmother, Bruna, used to make this and it was my favorite dish when I was a little […]

Lenten Spaghetti (From the Artusi)

Lenten Spaghetti (From the Artusi)

Walnut spaghetti?? Even in the 1800s, some called this dish ridiculous but that doesn’t make it any less delicious.