North Italia in Santa Monica

This is the second time trying North Italia and overall I was pretty pleased. My first time going there was when my new neighbor invited Sami and I for brunch. At first I was skeptical of the place because online it looked like a chain...

Penne Pasta in a Creamy Sherry Tomato Sauce

My mom's side is Italian so I did grow up on a lot of Italian style dishes including lots of pasta! I have a pretty big weakness for pasta. Especially when it's dosed in a rich and creamy sauce. For this dish, I created a luxuriously...

Back Pocket Pasta: Interview with Colu Henry

There is nothing I love more than a hearty bowl of pasta. Warm noodles dressed in glossy sauces, topped with parmigiano cheese, and a little crushed red pepper - now that is my kind of meal! Colu Henry is a wonderful recipe developer that recently...

NYC Bowery Hotel: Gemma Restaurant

I was going through all of the photos on my computer last night and came across a folder containing photos from when I visited the Gemma restaurant at the Bowery Hotel, I had completely forgotten that I had even taken these! My parents were in town,...

The Meatball Shop

The Meatball Shop is one of those staple restaurants you go to when you have no time to mess around and experiment with new places. When you just want good food and a good atmosphere you're almost never disappointed at TMS. Co-Owners Daniel Holzman and...

Honey Ricotta Crostini

In Italian, crostini means "little toasts". Crostinis are thin slices of bread toasted and served warm with various toppings. From time to time life gets quite hectic, as I'm sure most of you can agree, and sometimes I want to make something that is quick...

Pistachio Pesto Pasta

Nothing beats the scent of fresh basil filling up the kitchen. When you make a pesto and begin to crush the delicate green leaves together with olive oil and salt the aroma naturally releases and fills the air. I wanted to change things up and...

Alex Guarnaschelli’s Farfalle Pasta Salad

About a month back I attended a book signing for Alex Guarnaschelli’s new cookbook Old-School Comfort Food at Fish’s Eddys. The book itself is well designed. The nostalgic looking pattern on the bind of the book looks as if it came straight off the walls...

Caramel Biscotti

[caption id="attachment_319" align="aligncenter" width="523"] Caramel Biscotti[/caption] Biscotti is amazing but I would say the crunch of it is an acquired taste. When I was growing up, I was a fan of soft chewy cookies and sugar cookies were my favorite. Very opposite of what a biscotti...

Chicken Marsala Ravioli

[caption id="attachment_280" align="aligncenter" width="523"] Chicken Marsala Ravioli[/caption] I grew up working as a catering server. One dish that was always popular for parties was Chicken Marsala. The distinct taste of the Marsala wine paired perfectly with the chicken, mushrooms, etc. was a dish worth remembering. Here,...