Penne all’Arrabiata

Penne all’Arrabiata

According to our friend Dave (and likely, other people), arrabiata means angry. Thus translated this becomes penne with an angry sauce. And angry it is. Despite its sweet, unctuous, savoryness, it packs a huge bite that’ll make you sweat but bring you back for more over and over again. Since there is pancetta involved, I […]

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Chicken Parmesan

  Chicken parmesan is one of the most popular Italian dishes in the U.S. Its simple flavors make it a favorite for kids everywhere, and it’s familiarity gives it a great comfort food quality. That said, despite it’s ubiquity, so often it’s poorly done, especially by home cooks (or the Olive Garden). Too often chicken […]

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Thomas Keller’s Tarragon Chicken and Creamy Potato Salad

This is one of those really fancy tasting meals where you take a bite and think to yourself “wow, did I really cook this at home?” Well guess what – you did. Tarragon seems to have that effect on me – every time I have it it makes me feel like I’m eating something really […]

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The Best Tomato Sauce is Sometimes the Simplest: Tomato, Basil, and Garlic Sauce

Deep into summer is when the tomatoes start to get really good and the basil is at the peak of its brilliance. As a result, it’s possible to make a ridiculously tasty pasta sauce using just the fruit of the earth. You’ll look like a top class chef when all you’ll have really done is […]

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Herbie’s World Famous Guac

It seems that many of you enjoyed our guajillo rubbed tacos recipe (a few of you even sent us photos of your own creations – thanks!), but what about the guacamole that goes with it? We like to call it our world famous guac. This may be a bit of an overstatement, but in our […]

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Simple Summer Pasta: Spaghetti with Jalapeños, Scallions, and Cherry Tomatoes

This is one of those recipes that we’d seen a few times here and there and each time we saw it said “yea, we’ll give that a try… one of these days.” The reason is because, as you’re probably thinking right now as well, it’s a little different, a little out there, and you may […]

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Roman-Style Delicious Pasta: Fettuccine with Pancetta, Peas, and Mint

Since coming back from Italy, we’ve been obsessed with what we’re calling “Roman-style” pastas. That would be, pasta dishes that are incredibly simple, made up of only a few ingredients, served with truly al dente pasta. We tried to make a version of cacio e pepe, but that didn’t turn out quite right. We’ll try again. […]

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Incredible Side Dish: Stewed Tomatos with Asparagus, Bacon, and Leeks

We came across this recipe for asparagus stewed in tomatoes with leeks and bacon and thought it sounded delicious. We love tomatoes, and asparagus is great right now. Plus, how can anything be bad when you cook it in with bacon and leeks? This is a perfect side dish for pretty much anything, and we […]

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Delicious, Luxurious, Lobster Chowder – Plus: We’re going to Italy!

Lobster. Bacon. Potatoes. Corn. Is this list making you drool yet? I can’t really think of a more exciting combination. Independently, each of these ingredients are on YiRan’s “must eat” list. Taken together, they form an irresistible combination that, were it not for the priciness of lobster, would probably be the only thing we’d ever eat. We […]

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A Healthy, Easy Superbowl Snack: Fajita-Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

Superbowl Sunday is coming up here in the USA and we’re planning on hosting a raucous party in our 700  sq ft apartment. The most important part of a superbowl party is beer and food, but it’s easy to go overboard and eat a lot of unhealthy stuff. To counter this, last week we presented you with […]

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