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Spaghetti Carbonara
Main Dishes


My first memory of carbonara comes from a little hotel outside of Florence, Italy, on a school trip. The owner of the hotel, who was also the chef, brought a huge steaming pan to our table, and served us himself. As we ate, he came around to refill our plates, […]

Main Dishes

Pulled Pork

I made this for dinner last night on a suggestion, and it was greeted by rave reviews, and requests for third and fourth helpings. When you don’t have college students at your table, you can feed six to eight people on a good sized pork shoulder roast. The trick to getting […]

Side Dishes


These tender little bites straddle the line between dumpling and noodle, and are a common sight as a side in southern Germany and Austria. They work well as a side to meat dishes, like schnitzel in the post image, though I’m guilty of just eating them as a snack.

Main Dishes

Mom’s Spaghetti and Meatballs

Whenever mom made homemade meatballs, this spaghetti sauce was sure to follow. It’s a completely different experience from heating up a jar of sauce from the grocery store.  You’ll notice the flavors are much brighter and cleaner. Don’t be afraid of playing with the amount of sugar in the recipe, […]

Foundation Recipes

Mom’s Italian Meatballs

Spaghetti nights were a fairly common occurrence when I was growing up. It was quick and easy, and the sauce could be kept ready for whenever we got home from after school activities. It was a special occasion, though, when mom made meatballs instead of meat sauce. This recipe may […]