Crouton’s Fettuccini Alfredo

This is a great side dish for richly-flavored meat dishes, like scallopini al limone, veal marsala, or grilled Italian sausage.

Ingredients

1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 stick butter white pepper grated Parmesan cheese fettuchini fresh parsley if desired

Directions

For the Alfredo sauce, melt butter over low heat in a small saucepan. Add the […]

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Ditalini’s Linguini w/White Clam Sauce

Ditalini made her version of linguini with white clam sauce tonight, based on a Food Channel recipe that has long been one of our favorites.

Ingredients

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil 1 tsp red pepper flakes 4-6 cloves garlic, chopped 1 small can anchovy filets 2 tbsp fresh thyme (1 1/2 […]

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Italian Family Barbecue Revisited

Here’s the original recipe, if you want the details.

Grilled artichoke, polenta with onions & peppers, Italian sausage

A few variations this time around. We recently bought a new gas grill, and in my zeal to protect it and make it last forever, I’m using grilling pans and sheets. You can see them in […]

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Back in the Saddle

Crouton’s Chicken & Shrimp Fettucini Alfredo

Home from vacation and restaurant meals, back in the kitchen and hard at work. Tonight’s dinner? Crouton’s Chicken & Shrimp Fettucini Alfredo. Fast, easy, and satisfying.

It’s good to be home.

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Apparently, Whoring Runs in the Family

Twenty years or more ago I started making a simple pasta dish for those nights we wanted something light and basically meatless: I’d fry some garlic and anchovies in olive oil, then mix it with spaghetti. At some point I thought it would be more flavorful with a little onion. In time I began to […]

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Grilled Polenta, Italian Sausage, & Peppers

Yeah, I know, I’ve posted about these things before, here and here. But I felt like photoblogging last night’s dinner and, this time around, presenting it in recipe format. My method is to put the peppers on the grill first, since they take the longest to cook (about 15 minutes), then the sausage (about 5 […]

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Sarma (Stuffed Grape Leaves) & Pilaf

More years ago than I care to admit, Armenian-American friends shared their family recipe for stuffed grape leaves and pilaf with us. Ditalini’s been making sarma and pilaf ever since, and whenever our kids come to visit they always ask her to cook some. The recipe serves 4-6 and can be doubled for more.

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Ditalini’s Lasagne Rolls

This is Ditalini’s adaptation of a Giada De Laurentiis Food Channel recipe. The original recipe called for mixing chopped prosciutto in with the ricotta/spinach mixture, but since Ditalini uses Italian meat sauce rather than meatless marinara sauce, she skips the prosciutto.

We usually have a few containers of Italian meat sauce in the freezer, so […]

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Crouton’s Chicken & Shrimp Fettuccini Alfredo

I took a package of chicken breasts out of the freezer this morning but didn’t decide what to do with them until the afternoon. I knew there were a few shrimp in the freezer, so I decided on this and basically made it up as I went along. It was fun to prepare and cook, […]

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Leftover Steak Stroganoff

We didn’t eat all the steak we grilled on Sunday, so last night I made Beef Stroganoff from the leftovers. Happy manly comfort food!

Ingredients

1 yellow onion 4 cloves garlic leftover steak 1 can beef stock sliced mushrooms, fresh or canned 1 cup sour cream 1 pkg flat egg noodles

Directions

Chop garlic and […]

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