Author Archives: dgourmac

For Fans of Marcella and Victor Hazan

If you are passionate about good food, you probably are familiar with Marcella Hazan. And if you really care about Italian cooking, Marcella has directly or indirectly already played a role in your appreciation and approach. I’ve been a devotee … Continue reading

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Grilled Manchego Cheese and Wild Mushroom Crostini

My favorite simple lunch these days is made with nothing more than bread, wild mushrooms, and sheep milk cheese. Sometimes I embellish it slightly, in this case with a few cherry tomatoes. Sometimes I use a slice or two of … Continue reading

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Homemade Spinach Tagliatelle and Ikarian Soufico

Ever since I read this article in the New York Times 10 years ago, I have been interested in the Greek island of Ikaria. The lifestyle and food habits seemed perfectly suited to my own values, so I am always … Continue reading

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Late, Quick Lunch

It was close to 2 PM, and I hadn’t even thought about lunch. My go-to meal in this situation is normally a pasta dish, so I searched the cabinets for a small bag of dried pasta, leftover from a previous … Continue reading

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Salad of Chioggia Beets, Daikon Radish, and Sorrel

One of the joys of being in New England during the last 10 years had been the explosion of high quality, local farmers who are providing fresh fruits and vegetables to passionate cooks like us. This month I’ve written a … Continue reading

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Fresh Porcini, Finally Cooked Right

If you love mushrooms, as I do, at some point you will have the pleasure of eating fresh Porcinis. I have found that the ones from Italy are far better than any others I’ve tried (US Northwest, Slovenia, etc.) Fortunately, … Continue reading

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Raving About Radicchio

I have always loved bitter greens, and most of all, Radicchio di Treviso. One of my best meals in March was a salad made with Tuna Fish, Radicchio, and Cannellini Beans. Thinly-sliced Castelfranco Radicchio and chopped Gaeta olives were all … Continue reading

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Polenta with Pzazz!

Lately I’ve become a big fan of Polenta. It’s a great alternative to pasta and rice, and it matches well with all kinds of vegetables. My wife makes the best polenta dishes I have had, so I’ve been trying to … Continue reading

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Pasta Plenty

We always have a group of pasta dishes in any given week, and this one was no different. The comfort food for one dinner was pasta shells baked with mushrooms and cheeses, crispy and full of flavor, but not too … Continue reading

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A Few Old Favorites

Last week was a good time to prepare a few old favorites, some with a new twist. For example, I bought some Countneck clams and tried an approach from Al Forno (both the restaurant and the cookbook). This variation called … Continue reading

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