Baking is science and I don't like formulas, but cooking is art and anything goes...and the simpler the better. It's all about less time at the stove and more time at the table. With a forty year passion for food I'm excited to share what I do in the kitchen nearly every day.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Crispy Potato Slices

These crispy baked potatoes slices with a creamy center are embarrassingly simple but once you give them a try I’m certain they will become a go to favorite.  I’ve been making them for years but they got even better when I started using parchment paper a while back, I recommend it.  Preheat the oven to 450 and line a baking sheet with some parchment paper.  Wash your russets or other baking potatoes and cut them crosswise into quarter inch slices.  After tossing in a bowl with a little bit of olive oil, sprinkle with a generous amount of salt and pepper and lay them out side by side on the parchment.  Bake for twenty minutes, remove and flip, then bake for another twenty or until they start to brown.  It helps to rotate the cookie sheet after flipping so they brown more evenly.  Serve immediately with an extra dash of kosher salt if needed.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

My favorite pasta dish without a doubt is Spaghetti alla Carbonara, and it couldn’t be any faster or easier.  Start by cutting two quarter inch slices of pancetta into little chunks and cook along with a couple of whole squashed garlic cloves until lightly browned, turn off heat and leave the pan to cool slightly.  While your spaghetti is cooking combine three egg yolks, two cups of parmesan cheese, and a generous grind of black pepper in a large bowl.  Next, drain your spaghetti making sure to reserve about three quarters of a cup of the water.  Quickly stir the noodles into the pan with the pancetta then transfer all into the bowl with the egg and cheese mixture.  While tossing pour the pasta water in slowly to create a creamy sauce…salt and additional black pepper to taste.  The best way to visit Rome without getting on a plane.