Rick Bailey

52 Flips | 1 Magazine | 3 Likes | 1 Following | @Rickbailey2015 | A Midwesterner long married to an Italian immigrant, I've learned the language and food of Italy, traveled around the country, and, in the process, I've been (partly) made over–italianizato. See www.rick-bailey.com for my blog and for info on my essay collection, American English, Italian Chocolate, published by University of Nebraska Press.

Have I Got a Ragu for You

The sauce was red, runny, and pungent, with bits of tomato-esque matter and oregano floating in it.<p>I was reading the other day in <i>The Daily Beast</i> …

Italian Food

Critters

Whatever we’re up to, it probably won’t work.<p>“Wouldn’t you know it,” my wife says.<p>We pull up to a red light a mile from our house. It’s 7:00 a.m. …

Pest Control

A Moderately Unthinkable Proposal

It’s the pot’s fault.<p>The Italians call it <i>a tegame di coccio</i> or <i>a pentola di terracotta</i>. What cooks in it–a stew, a sauce, a roast– is, well, bliss. …

Ceramics

Gelatiamo

Stand Short

Short people of the world, unite!<p>My wife and I are having breakfast one morning at a local restaurant. In this establishment, you stand in line and …

a literary magazine: sharing the extraordinary in ordinary lives

Weekly Featured Essay<p>In this week’s featured essay, Kelly McDonald asks the questions that have been haunting all of those who have begun to …

Feet First (a reading)

Bridge

In the end it all came down to two points.<p>My freshman year of high school the wrestling team had no one to put in the 95-pound weight class. That …

Hello, Mr. President (a reading)

Brown Rice, Chopped Tomato, Arugula

When gluttony meets restraint…<p>There’s always brown rice.<p>We are on the threshold of tomato time in Michigan. It’s hard to be patient. At the local …

Tomatoes

A Sweet and Tangy Spaghetti Dish

How to make a fast sauce that’s always great<p>A number of years ago I taught a cooking class I called “ten sauces, ten pastas, ten wines.” The …