All posts in Italian

Penne with Summer Tomatoes, Pancetta, and Capers: Cheers To You, Tony.

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This is a difficult post to write. I have had it in my mind to do a sort of “Throwback Thursday” Italian feast homage to The Sopranos for a while now, because I feel it is one of the shows that stands out most as the embodiment of what this blog is all about- food creations inspired by entertainment. In my mind, my love of Italian food is directly linked with my love of The Sopranos.

That might seem like an strange statement, but it’s true. During the show’s final season, Sunday family dinners in our household were transported to the couch, regularly with a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs or baked ziti. You see, when these gangsters weren’t blowing people’s brains out, hanging out at the strip club, having sex with their gumars, or pushing drugs, they were at home. With their families. Eating. And they made you want to eat like them.

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Tyler Florence-Approved Parmesan Gnocchi with Short Rib Ragu

Gnocchi with Short Rib Ragu

My first interaction with celebrity chef and Food Network star Tyler Florence was a phone conversation that went something like this:

Tyler: “Hey Shay, I’m calling to invite you out to San Francisco in March for a weekend of wine and food and fun and everything is free because I think your food is awesome so do you think you can make it?” (paraphrase)

Me: “Shut up. Shut up. Shut your mouth. Who is this? Okay. Yes. A thousand times yes. I mean I have to check my schedule but I’m a cashier at a taco truck so yes. Okay talk to you later Tyler can I call you Tyler k thx love you byeee” (exact quote)

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Meyer Lemon and Asparagus Pesto Risotto with Sundried Tomatoes and Gulf Shrimp: The Arrival of Spring and Spring Breakers

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It’s a tradition as American as apple pie and not knowing where to find America on a map. Every couple of years, a new batch of baby-faced teens is harvested from the Disney Farmlands strategically positioned in our country’s most desolate regions. We take them in to our homes, tell them they are pretty, and give their mothers a reason to live. In return, they provide us with catchy pop songs and raise our children for us. A fair tradeoff.

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