Thursday, January 27, 2011


Hi everyone.  Have been steadily working on the cookbook.  Must take a break and bring you a new Pasta recipe that I made for dinner last night.  Simple and delicious.  I hope you will try it soon.

2 1/2 to 3 pounds of clams (small littleneck)
1 package of Broccolini ( Trader Joe's has it by their other packages veggies, the markets also have it)
1 lb of Linguine
Olive oil
Red pepper flakes
White wine
Grana Padano or Parmesana Reggiano Cheese
Chopped Italian parsley

Put the clams in cold water and scrub well with a stiff brush.  Rinse and set aside.  In a large pot, put
 1 cup of water and 1 cup dry white wine, 2 cloves of garlic.  Bring to a boil.

Cook over medium heat until the clams open.  This will take about 5 to 10 minutes. (discard any clams that do not open)

Reserve the broth.  Put the clams in a container to let them cool. As soon as they are cool enough to handle, remove the clam and throw away the shells.

Cut the broccolini into 1" pieces, in a glass pie plate add 3 tablespoons of water.  Add the broccolini, cover and microwave to 3 minutes, drain and set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to boil, add a handful of salt, cook the pasta just until al dente.

In a saucepan put about 1/4 cup of olive oil, 3 garlic cloves, and a scant tsp of red pepper flakes.  Heat over low heat for about 1 1/2 minutes.  Remove from heat.

Drain the pasta.  Put into a large serving bowl.  Add the broccolini and the clams.  Pour 3/4 cup of the strained clam liquid over the pasta.  Add the warm olive oil mixture and toss.  Add 1/2 cup of cheese and toss.  Garnish with chopped parsley.

Mangia!  Wine is a must for this dish.  Enjoy!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Hi everyone.  Yes I am still here.  Working to get this book out to everyone.  I am over half done typing everything.  I cannot believe how tedious a job this has been.  But hopefully it will be well worth the effort.  Check in in a day or two and I will give you something you can have for your Sunday football.

Thanks for sticking with me.


Friday, January 21, 2011


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Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Hi everyone.  Hopefully you have not forgotten me.  I am working on the book.  It is a long, tedious, project.  But I know it is all going to be worth it in the end.  Today I want to give you one of my very favorite recipes.  Cinnamon Rolls.  They take some time but they are so worth the effort.  Just ask my Daughter Linda, she made them for Christmas Eve Brunch.  Yummy!


2 packages active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
11/4 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
5 cups all purpose flour


melted butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans (you can leave out the nuts if you don't like them)

Sprinkle the yeast into the warm water.  Let it stand until it is completely dissolved.  Heat the milk and butter together until the butter is melted.  Don't let it boil.  Pour it into a large mixing bowl.  Stir in the sugar, the salt and the vanilla.  Set aside and cool until lukewarm.  Stir in the yeast mixture.  Add the eggs one at time and beat untill smooth.  Gradually beat in the flour to make a soft dough.  Turn out onto a floured counter or large board.  Knead until the dough is smooth and has a satiny sheen.  Place in a greased bowl (large).  Brush the top lightly with melted butter.  Cover with a clean kitchen towel.  Put in a draft free spot and let it rise until doubled.  This will take about 1 to 2 hours.  Divide dough in half and knead it lightly.  Roll each piece into a 10x12 inch rectangle.  Spread generouly with melted butter.  Mix the brown sugar with about 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. (if you are using nuts sprinkle those over all). Sprinkle half over each rolled out rectangle.  Roll up and cut into 3/4 inch slices.  Prepare 3 nine inch square or round baking pans, with 3 tablespoons of melted butter and sprinkled with about 2/3 cup of brown sugar.  Place the cut rolls into the pans, cover and let rise until they are doubled in size.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until the top are golden brown.  Remove from the oven and immediately turn upside down onto cake racks or platter, and remove pans.  Frost with a mixture of powdered sugar, water and almond extract or just leave plain.

The aroma alone will have you drooling.  Enjoy
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