Category Archives: Cooking

Writing that features a description (and usually photos and/or video) that follows the cooking a specific dish.

The Story of San Marzano Tomatoes

Rega brand DOP San Marzano Tomatoes In the food-mad country of Italy there are several ingredients that are venerated above all others. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, Prosciutto di Parma ham, and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena vinegar are just a few that … Continue reading

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Building the Perfect Carbonara: The Recipe

Egg, cheese, pepper Spaghetti alla Carbonara by J.C. Reid Serves: 1 main portion (secondi), 2 smaller portions (primi) Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 15 min Ingredients 4 ounces dried spaghetti pasta Rustichella d’Abruzzo, Central Market 2 ounces guanciale, diced … Continue reading

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Building the Perfect Carbonara: The Ingredients Part 2

Fresh pasta In our last post, we considered two of the most important ingredients of pasta alla carbonara: the cheese and the cured meat. A third ingredient, pasta, is one of the world’s most prevalent foods. It’s readily available in … Continue reading

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Building the Perfect Carbonara: The Ingredients Part 1

Guanciale If there’s anything more controversial than the origins of the dish known as pasta alla carbonara, it’s the selection of ingredients that go into it. In the first part of this series, I talked about the history of carbonara … Continue reading

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Building the Perfect Carbonara: A Roman Puzzle

A Roman Puzzle A recipe is a funny thing. Often you’ll follow the instructions exactly and the dish still turns out poorly. It’s like something’s been left out, or gets lost in the translation, and you have to read between … Continue reading

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