As a Jersey boy, hot Italian sausage has been a part of my life forever. Here’s my recipe for this classic link.
Little pasta-dough gnocchi from Sardinia, these are malloreddus. Fun to make and great with a pork ragu.
Pesce alla puttanesca, fish with harlot’s sauce. Delicious and easy to make – all the ingredients are pantry staples.
When I had Chef April Bloomfield’s ricotta gnudi in New York at the James Beard Awards, and I had to recreate them, only with my own twist: A sauce of ramps and fresh porcini I found in the High Sierra.
When life gives you mushrooms, make tortellini out of them. I love these little packets of love, and making them with morels is especially lovely.
If you’ve never eaten a cardoon, think artichoke stalks, which is essentially what they are. Cardoons are a little work to prepare, but baked with Italian cheeses they are lovely.
It should be obvious by now how much I love spring onions in all their forms. This light, lovely Italian rice dish highlights whatever wild or store-bought green onion you have on hand, spiked with fresh spring green herbs.
A recipe for spaghetti with anchovies, a take on the classic pasta con le sarde from Sardinia and Sicily. Any small fish works, though.