a new dish
My absence from Italicious over the past two months has the sweetest excuse: the arrival of our new baby girl. She opened her eyes to the world on February 28th, a lovely winter birthday on a very special and lucky date at the end of the shortest month of the year, and the day before leap day. We are in love, and luckily for me, I had my mother-in-law cooking for us the 1st month and my parents came from the States for the 2nd month. Newborn babies are a lot of work, but more than that, 5 year olds, whose world has turned topsy-turvy with the arrival of an attention suck, a sucker of her attention, that is where the real work is. I hope now that the numbers in the house have downsized and we can all find our new rhythm that I will be able to get back in gear with cooking, photographs and writing.
One Year Ago: Cicoria Selvatica e le Polpettine, Roasted Fennel with Cherry Tomatoes, Olives, Garlic and Olive Oil, Ricotta Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Marjoram, Tonarelli con Pesce Spada e Radicchio, Pork Chops with Cardoncelli Mushrooms, Carbonara with Roasted Cauliflower, Mormora, Cavatelli with Beets, Cacioricotta and Pistachios & Key West
Two Years Ago: Risotto alla Zuppa di Pesce, Rape Selvatiche, Chicken with 28 Cloves of Garlic, Pickled Shrimp, Farfalle With Stewed Fennel, Artichokes and Peas, Risotto with sole, toasted almonds and roasted tomatoes, Cape Town, Kosher for Easter, Spaghetti con Seppie e Asparagelle, Pansotti al brasato e carciofi, Cime di Rape Affogate al Vino, Linguini with Fresh Shelled Peas and Calamari, Risotto ai Cardoncelli e le Vongole, Torta di Carciofi e Fave, Insalata di Polipo & Baked Fettucine with Bechamel and Artichokes
Three Years Ago: Mure delle Pietre Secche, Casa di Nonna, Signs of Spring, Catalogna, Puntarelle Pugliesi, Carciofi Carciofi Carciofi, Pasqua Napoletana, strascinati con carciofi e panna, Fried Artichokes, Agretti & Parmigiana di Carciofi
Four Years Ago: Shrimp and Grits alla Mediterranea, Spaghetti Squash all’Aglio e Olio, Agnolotti al Brasato, Penne with Roasted Tomatoes and Fennel, Pureed Potato and Broccoli Soup, Funghi Trifecta Risotto, Funghi Trifecta Risotto Croquettes, Flounder and Fennel filled Mezzelune with Salsa di Pistacchi, Mantecato of Flounder and Fennel over Gemelli with Pistachios, Cavolfiore alle Olive, Wahoo with Citrus and Pistachios, Ziti with Grilled Sausages and Ricotta, Flounder Fillets in White Wine, Lasagna, Southern Style, Lamb Shanks with Oranges and Olives, Zucchini Flower Pizza & Risotto With Beet Greens and Roasted Beets
Five Years Ago: Sweet Potatoes Wrapped in Sage and Prosciutto, Squash and Chickpea Moroccan Stew, Ziti alla Sorrentina, Chili and Honey Chicken Legs with Braised Collards, Mint, Spinach and Ricotta Frittata, Pastiera, Spaghetti alle Sarde con Erbette, Asparagus and Ham Risotto with a Fried Egg & Ragù with Fresh Egg Fetuccini
Six Years Ago: Pizzette, Ravioli con Ragù Napoletano, Ragù Napoletano and Grits, Farfalle with Salmon and Fennel, Soba Noodles With Tofu, Shiitake Mushrooms & Broccoli, Pesto, Gemelli with Fennel & Bacon, Salsa di Pistacchi, Tzatziki Potato Salad, Beet and Blood Orange Salad, Red Snapper alla Ligure, Pork Loin Stuffed with Figs, Jim Lahey’s No-Knead Bread, Morningside Farmers Market, Atlanta GA, No-Knead Pizza Dough, Risotto with Scallops, Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes, Cornbread Dressing, Collard Greens, Southern Cheese Biscuits, Macaroni and Cheese, Gemelli with Asparagus and Roasted Tomatoes, Insalata di Farro with Beets and Feta Cheese, Apricot, Fig and Pistachio Haroseth, Carciofi alla Romana, Roasted Chicken with Pomegranate Sauce, Spinach and Sausage Lasagna, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Penne with Zucchini, Roasted Tomatoes and Pistachios, Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas, Lemon, Celery and Carrots, Red Beans and Rice, Ziti with Artichokes and Swordfish, Black Bean Enchiladas with Green Sauce, Spaghetti all’Amatriciana, Mediterranean Beet and Yogurt Salad, Marion Square Farmers Market, Charleston, SC, Collard Greens alla Italiana, Baked Fish in Salsa di Agrumi & Gemelli with Tuna alla Siciliana