2 Ingredient Pizza Dough

  Fresh pizza is one of my favorite things, but it takes forever to make and rise. Not anymore. I was recently out of yeast, but I really wanted fresh pizza. Enter greek yogurt and self rising flour. Two ingredients, and no rising time. The rumors are true. Fresh pizza crust is so good, you…

Fresh Pasta-Italy

You don’t need lots of fancy equipment to make fresh pasta, but it’s definitely a lot of fun to have the fancy equipment. I’ve made fresh pasta tons of times, using everything from a pasta roller, to a rolling pin, to my bare hands. I really wouldn’t recommend that last option. The best part is,…

Creamy Pasta Puttanesca

I was reading a cookbook the other day, and I came across a recipe for pasta puttanesca. I’ve only had pasta puttanesca twice in my life- once, when I had just watched A Series of Unfortunate Events (the one with Jim Carrey as Count Olaf, a true classic). I begged my mom to make it,…

Gnocchi

Gnocchi is probably the most underrated Italian food. Bruschetta, polenta, foccacia, and antipasti have all been incorporated into the mainstream, but gnocchi’s been left behind, in all it’s spuddy glory. Did you know spuddy was a word? No squiggly red line showed up under it, so it’s a word. That’s my story and I’m sticking…

Truffle Polenta

Polenta is a somewhat obscure Italian dish. Not in my house. I was raised on the stuff. I believe that I’m about 3% polenta. Not the kind you see here, but the kind that comes in logs in Trader Joe’s. I love it with pesto. But I’m writing a recipe here, not a commercial for…

Christmas Pasta

So, what do you do when your basil plant is starting to droop, you have an open packet of turkey breast in your fridge, and you want pasta really, really badly? Simple. You make pesto, throw in the turkey breast and some cavatappi, and call it Christmas pasta. Make it green and red, and no…

Biscotti

Let’s just talk about biscotti for a minute. There are tragedies everywhere: the ice caps are melting while people in power ignore what is literally happening before their eyes, malnourishment, poverty, and disease are everywhere, I have no puppy, but yet, WE HAVE BISCOTTI. Have faith, people. We have biscotti. I firmly believe it’s the…

Risotto

WARNING: If you’re looking for a quick and painless dish, you’re in the wrong place. If you’re looking for the classiest comfort food there is, however, you’re in the right place. Risotto is a bit time-consuming, but then so are the best things in life- Gilmore Girls, jogging, raising chickens, impeachment. My mom (you knew…

Polenta

Polenta is a somewhat obscure Italian dish. Not in my house. I was raised on the stuff. I believe that I’m about 3% polenta. Not the kind you see here, but the kind that comes in logs in Trader Joe’s. I love it with pesto. But I’m writing a recipe here, not a commercial for…

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Which came first, the spaghetti or the meatball? My money is on the meatball. I’ve always wanted to have a valid excuse to say that. It just sounds cool. Meatballs in general are cool. I mean, think about it. Ground meat smushed together with herbs, cheese, and bread, formed into balls, and fried. Meatballs will…