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Trattoria Italienne, where Northern Italian meets Southern France

At Trattoria Italienne in NYC’s Flatiron, Northern Italian meets Southern France with standout dishes like Venetian-style spaghetti with head-on shrimp and fluffy gnocchi with bacon and gorgonzola.

Bucatini Carbonara {Paired with Ferrari Brut Rosé}

I have a special wine and food pairing for you, which I enjoyed recently at a tasting of Ferrari Wines. What’s special is that I have notes from both the chef and Ferrari’s third-generation wine maker on what makes the carbonara and Brut Rosé a great match. This is something you can easily make for your next dinner

Mario Batali Food Tour

It’s 10:30 and I’ve just gotten my caffeine buzz over at Stumptown, where coffee is taken very seriously, as it should be. An iced latte is just what I need before embarking on the Mario Batali Food Tour. I live here, yes, but sometimes it’s fun to be a tourist in my own city. In fact, I

Lobster Ravioli with Orange-Tarragon Butter

These cold weather months don’t have to be all about hearty stews. Try lobster ravioli, which doesn’t need much sauce to enhance it. Simply crushing orange zest and juice with fresh tarragon leaves into butter in a mortar and pestle makes a flavorful, acidic yet sweet sauce. Serve with a salad, perhaps this romaine with pomegranate

Pasta with peas, mint & lemon

Are you looking forward to spring as much as I am? It’s been a long winter, of snowstorms and cold temperatures, of hearty sauces and mugs of hot chocolate with marshmallows. It’s been comforting to hunker indoors with my daughter, painting, cooking and enjoying our weekly pizza and a movie Friday night. I enjoy each

Old-school Italian refreshed {Fettuccine al vino rosso}

I am always in search of new restaurants, new chefs, new flavors…yet sometimes it’s nice to step back into old classics. In this case, Marco Polo restaurant in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens, which over the summer celebrated its 30th anniversary. (And I had the pleasure of attending the anniversary party.) Over the course of 30 years,

Easy pasta with asparagus {The art of being busy}

I didn’t know what busy was until I had a child. And after I had little S 5 years ago, I also started this web site, which has turned into my source of income. Busy got even busier. Once upon a time, I had a Jack Russell, an apartment in NYC’s Chinatown, a job as

Limbo is not fun {Farfalle with tomato + basil chicken meatballs}

Did you know moving is one of life’s top stressors? At the beginning of June I got an offer on my co-op here in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and the sale STILL hasn’t gone through. I thought it was going to happen by Labor Day so I packed most of my belongings, including a majority of

Gnocchi with tomatoes, pancetta, arugula—and a secret ingredient

As a busy mom I am constantly on the lookout for products that will make my life—and the lives of my clients—easier when it comes to dinnertime. Enter Garlic Gold. Their line of Nuggets have saved me time when I’ve been overwhelmed with work, projects and daily life. I’ve used Garlic Gold Nuggets sprinkled on

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