A Little Italian Menu

IMG_1358Sometimes I think I post menu boards as an excuse for why I didn’t blog the day before.  This was one of my favorite meals in a long time.  The carrot gnocchi are easy, light (a rarity for gnocchi) and easy to make.  The Celery Salad and Sardine Rillettes were surprise hits – and of course as is my way these days, after finally getting dinner on the table I am so relieve I forget to take pictures.  So my promise is to remake both dishes and take artful (well as artful as I can take) pictures and post them ASAP.  Hopefully tonight!

And the cardamom pistachio pound cake was great as well, but I felt 350 was too high a temperature to cook it at and the time given in the recipes too short (it said 45-55 and mine took a good hour and 15) so I need to remake it before I publish it.  Cardamom is my favorite sweet spice these days so I am always happy to find new ways to use it.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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