Drunken red wine cavatelli with pancetta and basil

While I really don’t have any reason to add any more pasta tools to my collection, I did add one more this past Christmas and I have to say that I really like it: my cavatelli maker. While I’m still getting the hang of it, I wanted to share one of my more successful recipes…

Tagliolini with parsley-basil-garlic scape pesto, just in time for summer.

Two years ago, I shared the pasta I served at my brother-in-law’s rehearsal dinner: tagliolini with pistachio-orange pesto, and it feels right to be talking about pesto once again, because who likes making intense tomato sauces once summer hits? (I do, at least when the really good tomatoes start popping up in the market and…

On croque monsieur pizza and finding inspiration in unexpected places.

Inspiration comes from weird places sometimes. While scrolling through Instagram recently I noticed someone trying to pass off something as a croque monsieur that was anything but, and following some stewing over it, I was inspired to dedicate one of our upcoming Friday night pizzas to adapting a croque monsieur to a pie. I’ve written…

Updating our herb garden in the time of coronavirus.

Sometime late last year, most of my herbs went and died on me. Normally, this wouldn’t bug me all that much because I’d simply wait for the Baltimore Herb Festival to get new herbs and start over. Well, thanks to the pandemic, the festival is naturally canceled this year, but the organizers encouraged would-be attendees…