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OSSO BUCO WITH CITRUS GREMOLATA

OSSO BUCO

So, what are you going to cook this weekend? Why not make this Italian classic originating from the Lombardy region? Osso Buco is an outrageously sumptuous and hearty dish that literately means “hollow bones or bones with holes”. The meaning is rather incongruous considering it’s famously known and mostly consumed for the velvety rich marrow in the bones, which is the dish’s crowning glory. With these veal shanks, try to have the butcher leave the skin on, as the long…

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THE SEXY CHIC THIGH

coconut curry thighs

A lot has been said when it comes to chicken. Endless discussions about its lackluster qualities. Who ever said chicken was boring, must still be pondering how can it get to the other side? Considering the million preparations and techniques, with deep-rooted dishes going through a much-needed revival and new imaginative takes thrown in for good measure, chicken is the 13thwonder of the gastronomic world when given some TLC, because it’s a blank canvas. Sure, you can slap it on…

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FETTUCINE NATASHA

FETTUCINE NATASHA

There’s nothing simple about fettuccine Natasha, and not because it’s an arduous dish to prepare.  Au contraire. It can’t be labeled simple because it is decadence personified.  We’re all trying to circumvent carbs, eat healthy and shed unwanted pounds, not to mention unclog the arteries.  But there are times when debauchery calls and this pasta dish is exactly that. Sorry kids, don’t even think of replacing the butter, otherwise don’t trifle making this.   To make you feel better, accompany…

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MEATBALLS NEAPOLITAN STYLE – POLPETTE ALLA NAPOLETANA

NEOPOLITAN MEATBALLS

In Italy, the likelihood of finding spaghetti and meatballs on a restaurant menu is slim and none.  The American palate believes that it’s inherently Italian fare, since every Italian locale in the US presents a heaping dose of spaghetti in tomato sauce co-piloted with the proverbial balls on top. Only in the Southern Italian city of Naples, their meatballs, polpette al sugo, are paired with a rich tomato sauce, but never on top of pasta. And Italians are chronically in love…

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