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

Lambacon! -it’s a thing.

Housemade, applewood smoked, Lambacon! -Yes, that’s Lamb-Bacon!

sweet savory and lamb-tastic!

lambaconIt’s getting cooked down with some peppery Broccoli Rapini, and tomato,  – tossed with Mezze Maniche pasta!


 We’ve got Pasta Fagioli, with Cavatelli swimming in a brothy Heirloom Alubia Bianco bean and Shishito pepper sauce.

Alubia bianco

Also today:

Pappardelle, alla Bolognese

Red Beet Fusilli, in Smoked Gorgonzola Sauce

Autumn is a time to appreciate color,

Phat beets

Like this Bee-utiful Beet-Juice fusilli.

Beets, being one of the healthiest foods, also means it’s probably even good for you or something?

And Smokey Gorgonzola, being one of the most delicious foods,

-means it will also make you happy,

Beet Fusilli………well, until the bowl is empty.

Also today:

Ziti, with Mushroom and Taragon sauce

Pappardelle alla Bolognese

Cresti Di Gallo, Corona Beans and Radicchio.

Fall is Comfort Food Season

When you crave things like…

rich, plump Corona beans, juxtaposed perfectly with the smokey chicory flavors of radicchio,

and a bit of spice from the Mama Lil’s pickled Goathorn Peppers.


…tossed with fresh Cresti Di Gallo pasta.

(you just didn’t know it until you read this post.) 

Also today:

Pappardelle, alla Bolognese

Whole Grain Spaghettini, with Heirloom Pumpking cream

Spaghetti-Squash…..sort of?

Well its Spaghetti, with Squash

well… Galeux D’Eysines Pumpkin to be exact


and the Spaghetti is square, Spaghetti alla Chittarra- 

Spaghetti Squash

so fine, it’s NOTHING like spaghetti squash, -but it sure is delicious !

Also today:

Pappardelle, alla Bolognese

Pasta Misti, with a spicy Sicilian cauliflower sauce


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