Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion

Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion

I’m continuing to work through my list of “basics” recipes, and today I’m sharing one of my favorites: tomato sauce with butter and onion. The first time I tasted tomato sauce with butter in it was in Rome at my great-aunt Franca’s house. She had made her sugo semplice (“simple sauce”)–a soffritto of finely chopped carrot, celery, and onion sautéed in hot olive oil, and a bottle of passata (strained tomato sauce) poured over the lightly caramelized vegetables and left on the stove to simmer for a little less than an hour until the sauce was slightly reduced and flavorful. Once the sauce was […]

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Friday Favorites {Vol. 13}

Friday Favorites

Happy April! It’s my favorite month of the year because it’s my birthday month! April is when spring is the most beautiful here in Houston and I plan on spending as much time outdoors this month as possible before the heat arrives. I’m also hoping the start of my favorite month will be the start of some calmer days as the first three months of this year have been busy and stressful. I feel like I’ve been barely keeping my head above water, and I’m ready to feel caught up and on top of things again. Last month, I started the catch-up process […]

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Pizza di Pasqua

Pizza di Pasqua

Today is Pasquetta (“little Easter”) in Italy, a national holiday and a day that Italians take to spend with family and friends to celebrate the beginning of spring. Italians have a saying they like to invoke at Easter and on Pasquetta: “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi.” (“Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever you want.”). The saying sounds much better in Italian (particularly because it rhymes) and it reflects the more casual nature of the day after Easter when Italians go on outings to parks or the countryside to enjoy a day of fun and leisure. Packing a picnic for a day spent […]

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Friday Favorites {Vol. 12}

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! A few days ago, I broke my “no negativity on social media” rule and whined a little on Instagram about losing my footing with blogging. These first three months of the new year have been rough. There’s a lot of change going on right now in our family. It’s all mostly good, but it’s all happening very quickly and seemingly all at once. My introverted, Type A self wants to run for the hills when Big Change happens. All this change (which has involved a lot of waiting and uncertainty) has made me mentally exhausted and my creativity has […]

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Amatriciana Sauce

Amatriciana Sauce

The origins of Amatriciana sauce are drenched in debate. Most people claim the sauce originated in the town of Amatrice, located 60 miles northeast of Rome. In Rome, many chefs and home cooks claim the sauce is typical to the city’s cuisine and has nothing to do with the town of Amatrice. There are people who say the sauce should be called matriciana, suggesting a theory that it refers to a wild herb called matricale, which is questionable because most Italians agree that herbs have no place in the sauce. And that’s just the beginning of the controversy surrounding this […]

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