Elena Anderson

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Piselli alla romana (Roman-Style Peas)

Now <b>piselli alla romana</b> may be the shortest post I ever write, as this tasty and elegant side dish is about as simple as a recipe can get, short of …

Pane casereccio (Homemade Bread)

I am not a baker. Never have been. I have always found stove-top cooking fun and easy but baking is a very different art. Cooking lets you stir and …

Pasta con la ricotta (Pasta and Ricotta Cheese)

<b>Pasta and ricotta</b> make for a perfect impromptu meal or weekend dinner. The mellow flavor combination of tomato, ricotta and a bit of parmesan cheese …

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe (Orecchiette ai broccoletti)

A quick pasta dish with vegetables that you can whip up in less an 30 minutes, <b>Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe</b> makes for a fine meatless dinner, with …

Melanzane a funghetto ("Mushroom-Style" Eggplant)

Don’t let the name of this dish fool you, there are no mushrooms in <b>melanzane a funghetto</b>, also known by its Neapolitan dialect name, <i>melanzane «</i><i>a</i> …

Uova sode in salsa verde (Hard Boiled Eggs in 'Green Sauce')

<i>Salsa verde</i>, literally ‘<b>green sauce</b>‘, is a quick, parsley-based raw condiment, intensely flavored with garlic, anchovies, capers, a dash of vinegar …

Gnocchi alla sorrentina (Potato Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella)

Potato gnocchi are pretty filling, the kind of food you may associate with the cooler weather. But, in fact, you can enjoy gnocchi all year ’round. …

Scarola aglio e olio (Sauteed Escarole)

One of the oldest nicknames for the people of Campania was <i>mangiafoglie</i>, or ‘leaf eaters’, because they were known for their prodigious consumption of …

Pollo alla panna (Italian Creamed Chicken)

One of the hallmarks of Italian cooking is its utter simplicity, and few dishes exemplify this quality as well as this one. As the named implies,</b> …

Lasagne alla bolognese (Bolognese Lasagna)

Lasagne alla bolognese (Bolognese-Style Lasagna)<p>Rating: 5<p>Prep Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes<p>Cook Time: 30 minutes<p>Total Time: 4 hours<p>Yield: Enough for at …

Polpette di melanzane (Eggplant Meatballs)

The cooking of Puglia, the region that encompasses the ‘heel’ of the Italian peninsula on the Adriatic Sea, deserves to be much better known. It …

Buying canned tomatoes

Here’s a special note for readers in the US, where buying canned tomatoes can be tricky thing. When I first moved back from Italy, I ran into all …

Cavolfiore al gratin (Cauliflower Gratin)

There’s something so comforting about creamy gratins. Who wouldn’t go for that bubbly, cheesy, warming goodness?<p><b>Cauliflower Gratin</b> is not exclusively …

Carabaccia (Tuscan Onion Soup)

<b>Carabaccia</b> is an ancient Tuscan onion soup, going back to the Renaissance. They say it was a favorite of Leonardo da Vinci—and that, as for so many …

Tomato Sauce 101

I’m all for convenience when it actually makes life simpler, but it’s always been a mystery to me why people buy those jars of wretched “spaghetti …

Zuppa di orzo (Italian Barley Soup)

Italian cuisine is known for pasta and risotto and polenta and, to a lesser extent, for <i>farro</i>. But did you know that Italians also enjoy barley? Here …

Bucatini all'amatriciana

It could be said that <b>bucatini all’amatriciana</b> and <i>spaghetti alla carbonara</i> are the ‘Romulus and Remus‘ of Roman cooking. No two dishes typify the …

Lasagna di Carnevale (Angelina’s Lasagna)

Among Angelina’s generation, each of the female family members had a special dish that she was known for. My great-aunt, Angelina’s sister, who we …

Aglio, olio e peperoncino (Pasta with Garlic, Oil and Hot Pepper)

Here’s another super simple pasta that I call the “mother of all pasta dishes” since its garlic and oil base forms the foundation for countless other …

Asparagi alla milanese (Milanese Asparagus)

<i>Asparagi alla milanese</i>, or <b>Milanese asparagus,</b> might just be the best known asparagus dish in the Italian repertoire. True to its Northern roots, it …

Spaghetti alla carbonara

There are a number of stories about the <i>origins</i> of this dish. The word <i>carbonara</i> refers to a carbonaio, meaning coal miner or charcoal worker. (Both …

Bignè di san Giuseppe (St. Joseph's Day Cream Puffs)

Being a Catholic country, Father’s Day is Italy is celebrated on March 19, the feast of St. Joseph. The feast is associated with a number sweet and …