Category Archives: Italian

Simple Marinara Sauce

While living in New York, my roommate’s visiting mom made a marinara sauce that was delightful and memorable in how light and bright it tasted, relying primarily on the sweetness of the tomatoes themselves and the rich texture of the olive oil for flavor. While very simple, that was a very memorable meal and the best marinara sauce I’ve ever had.

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Bucatini all’Amatriciana

Of the five attachments on my pasta extruder, the only one I hadn’t used was the bucatini one. So, on a cold, windy night, what better than to pair a nice freshly-made bucatini with a traditional, slightly spicy amatriciana sauce?

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Potrero Progressives: Braised Oxtail Ragu

For my contribution to the Potrero Progressive Dinner, I had already decided to make some homemade pasta, so I wanted to top it with something worthy (i.e., something that took as much time to prepare and make). The tail of an ox (a castrated bull) certainly fit the bill, as it is tough at first, but becomes really tender with some slow cooking over a long period of time. And, don’t my friends deserve the finer things in life?
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Potrero Progressives: Homemade Pasta

I discovered and bought this bad boy from Craigslist, in anticipation of this weekend’s upcoming Potrero Progressive Dinner. It was a decent price at $30 (even though I found out later that it was on clearance at $20 and then discontinued altogether at Williams Sonoma earlier this year). I tested it out last night, so as HLY put it, we don’t all “go home with a doggie bag of indigestion.” It does take more work than going to TJs and paying $0.99 for a pound of dry pasta, but the results made it worth it, particularly for a special occasion.

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Mozzarella Pizza Time (w/ Bacon)

Got back from my dad’s 60th-to-be in Aptos, and was wondering what to eat for lunch and dinner.  As I wandered through the aisles at TJ, I decided on making a quick and delicious pro/mozz sandwich for lunch and on using many of the same ingredients for a pizza later that night.

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Linguine with Clams

One of my roommates made this dish back in the day in Philly and I finally made it for S, after mentioning it a few times. It’s a simple but tasty dish, and involves relatively few ingredients.

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