Roasted Red Kuri Squash with Sage Tagliatelle.

Squash and Sage is a classic fall combination, and for good reason.

The sweet and caramely “pumpkininess” of the roasted Local Roots Farm’s Red Kuri Squash, pairs so well with the earthy and subtle “eucalyptusiness” of fresh sage,

-it’s no wonder the Italians have stuck with this for all of recorded history.

Red Kuri

And they look real purdy too.

Also today:

Pappardelle, Alla Bolognese

Pasta Misti, with House made Pancetta and mushrooms.

Coda Di Bue! -Roman Oxtail Ragu!

In music the “Coda” (not to be confused with the state “da-coda”)  typically means the end of a piece or movement.

In Italian, Coda refers to the “end of the steer last into the barn” or the Oxtail. 

And hopefully this Pasta Misti with oxtail ragu will be music to your ears ,  mouth.


Also today:

Fiore, with squash and celeriac cream sauce.

Squid ink Spaghettini, alla Vongole

Biroldo! Tuscan Black Sausage.

Maybe because my first trip to Tuscany was in the fall,

but fall weather always inspires me to make tuscan dishes. like this..

Mezze Maniche, with house made Biroldo (tuscan black sausage), stewed with kale and chard.

Biroldo pasta

And!… a little Handmade Farfalle….Farfalle 10-17Getting tossed in a Celeriac-leek cream sauce,

and of course:

Pappardelle, alla bolognese

Some Days You Just Want To Put Your Head Back Down On The Pillow…..

-well, maybe you can settle for putting face into a bowl of Pillowy potato Gnocchi con Pomodoro?

Close enough, right?


Also today:

Pappardelle, Alla Bolognese

Fusilli, in Basil, mint and parsley Pesto

The sunchokes are upon us!

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(Photo by H2ase, on loan from the interweb)

Nope, Sunchokes.

These tasty little tuber is one of my fall favorites.  With an earthy artichoke-like flavor, they make fantastic soups,

are delicious roasted in butter, and they love the richness of heavy cream!

Lumache, with roasted sunchoke-cream sauce. 


Also today:

Pappardelle, Alla Bolognese

Gigli, with melted leeks and shishito peppers

The Last Columbus Day……

I typically stay way from politics, but as I remember there wasn’t even a vote on Seattle getting rid of Columbus Day?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for celebrating an Indigenous Peoples’ day,

but should we take away a holiday that is celebrated by many Italian/Americans, to add another?

Why not give them their own holiday exclusively? – there’s a whole lot of empty days on the calendar?

Sure, maybe all the “facts” about Christopher Columbus are not correct, and maybe the history books  have excluded some of the more gruesome and unacceptable practices of that time period,

but if we go around abolishing every holiday that has a questionable origin, or includes a person with a checkered past,

we might not have any left?

(Ahem…….Thanksgiving, any Catholic holidays , Presidents’ day?…ect )

So lets celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day! -and all the rest, can we really have too much celebration?


Cresti Di Gallo Tricolore 

with heirloom pumpkin sauce

Tricolore cresti

Also Today:

Pappardelle, Alla Bolognese

Gigli, with puntarelle, anchovy, tomato and chili.

Gigli, with Puntarelle, Anchovies and Chili!

So much flavor packed into one bowl-


And in case you were wondering, we ARE open for that holiday on Monday, formerly known as “Columbus Day“!

Also today:

Baked Mafalda, with ricotta, béchamel, tuscan kale, Mama Lil’s Peppers and tomato

Pappardelle, Alla Bolognese


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