Basil & Oregano Pesto

Yield: Approximately 1 cup of pesto Ingredients: 4 oz. fresh basil (NOTE: Remove the leaves from the stems.) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (NOTE: Sicilian olive oil works nicely here.) ¼ – ½ teaspoon coarse Sicilian sea salt (NOTE: Any sea salt of your choice is fine.) 2 large garlic cloves, finely minced ½…

Garlic Tapenade for Tapas

Yield: Approximately 1-1/2 cups of tapenade Ingredients: 1/2 head of elephant garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped (approximately 1/2 cup of chopped garlic) 1 whole dried Sicilian red pepper, torn into flake-sized pieces 1/4 – 1/2 cup red wine vinegar (start with 1/4 cup and add more as needed to achieve the proper texture) 1/4 cup water…

Lobster & Jumbo Sea Scallops with Angel-Hair Pasta

Yield: 2 generous portions Ingredients: 1/2 lb. angel-hair pasta, cooked al dente (it only takes a minute or so!) 6 jumbo Atlantic sea scallops, 10-12 count 2 giant Atlantic lobster tails 1/2 red bell pepper, diced 1 large celery stalk, diced 1/2 large white onion, diced 1 large handful (a generous cup) sugar snap peas, strings removed,…

Crispy Fried Calamari

Yield: 2 generous portions Truly ‘crispy’ fried calamari is a delight! In order to achieve this result, the process to follow is first to coat the squid pieces with a corn-flour mixture, then dip in egg, and finally to coat with breadcrumbs. The result is impeccable! Ingredients: 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal 1/4 cup organic, unbleached white…

Pan-Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops & Steamed Lobster Tails with Pasta Primavera

Yield: 2 generous portions Ingredients: 1/2 lb. linquine, cooked al dente with a portion of the pasta liquid reserved 2 giant lobster tails, steamed and flesh removed 1 lb. jumbo sea scallops, 10-12 count 2 large shallots, sliced 1 yellow squash, roasted, then halved lengthwise and sliced thickly (NOTE: In preparation, roast a yellow squash…

Linguine with Clam Sauce

Yield: 2 generous portions Ingredients: 1/2 lb. linguine pasta, cooked al dente, with a portion of the pasta water reserved for the sauce 6-8 oz. cooked whole clams 1 large vine-ripened tomato, diced 3 large garlic cloves, sliced 1/2 small white onion, sliced thinly (in what I refer to as half-moon slices) 1/4 cup white wine…

New York~Style Pizza Dough

Yield:    1 large pizza (approximately 16” diameter) This recipe is the result of much experimentation to arrive at the perfect proportions and method to recreate authentic east coast, New-York style pizza dough ~ the kind you find at the best pizza restaurants. Trust me on this: if that’s your favorite kind of pizza, the floppy…

Italian Meatballs

Yield: Approximately 12 large meatballs or 24 small meatballs. Homemade meatballs ~ a gloriously simple and delicious meal! Served atop pasta in a tomato sauce and accompanied by a fresh green salad, this meal is sure to please. Mangia! Ingredients: 1 pound freshly ground meat, either buffalo or beef, or a combination of the two…