Recipes and Stories

5 September 2016 Wasting Not and Staying Balanced

September 5, 2016

Tags: Pasta with Sausage and Tomatoes, Classic Italian Cooking, Amatrice, Norcia, Lazio, Marche, Umbria

Fusilli (also called Rotini) with Sausage and Tomatoes
Recipe testing and food styling for my books and newspaper stories almost always leave some interesting leftovers and scraps behind. After finishing a story featuring some of the celebrated pasta dishes from earthquake-devastated Lazio, Marche, and Umbria, there was half a pound of mild Italian sausage, about one-and-a-half cups of tomato puree from a large can of tomatoes, and barely 2 ounces of pecorino romano cheese in the refrigerator. (more…)

27 August 2016: For Love and Amatrice

August 27, 2016

Tags: Bucatini all'Amatriciana, Bucatini pasta, Amatrice, Classic Italian Cooking, Marcella Hazan

Bucatini all'Amatriciana, hollow spaghetti with spicy tomato sauce in the style of Amatrice
If you’ve been following my recipes and stories page or my author’s page on Facebook for any time at all, you know that Italy, its people, and its many lovely cuisines have as large a chunk of my heart as my native South, fellow Southerners, and our many lovely cuisines. And this week, that part of my heart has been aching.

By now, most everyone has heard that in the early hours of Wednesday, August 24, central Italy was hit by a major earthquake of 6.2 magnitude, followed by a series of aftershocks that were still rattling the region as late as Friday. (more…)