Italian Shrimp Scampi

Italian Shrimp Scampi by Nancy Miyasaki

This is an easy recipe that you can prepare in advance and bake right before dinner. It's truly delicious, if not exactly low fat. Make sure to give it a squeeze of fresh lemon just before serving!

9 votes
Garlic & Lemon Butter Shrimp

Garlic & Lemon Butter Shrimp by Nancy Miyasaki

This recipe for pan searing shrimp is one of my favorites. I adapted it from a Cooks Illustrated recipe. It is full of flavor and the shrimp will come out brown and slightly caramelized if you pan sear them as described. We tried two different recipes the same night and compared side by side. This was the consensus, but not…

4 votes
Filetti di pesce all'acqua pazza

Filetti di pesce all'acqua pazza by Frank Fariello

Acqua pazza, or 'crazy water' is the humorous term for an extremely easy, but tasty way to poach fish--or, more specifically, to the poaching liquid.

4 votes
Classic Cioppino

Classic Cioppino by John Spottiswood

This is a traditional Cioppino base recipe for you to play with. Cioppino is a simple and hearty fish stew originally cooked by Italian fisherman on the California coast. Don't worry too much about what sort of fish or shellfish you put in it. Just keep it simple with these basic ingredients. The easier the you'll be…

9 votes
Tuscan shrimp marinara with chickpea pasta

Tuscan shrimp marinara with chickpea pasta by John Spottiswood

This is a great Tuscan recipe adapted from the Flavors of Tuscan cookbook by Maxine Clark. Maxine recommends making fresh chickpea pasta. We use Barilla Plus pasta, which is made with chickpeas just like Maxine recommends. By skipping making your own pasta, this becomes a very easy and healthy dish.

3 votes
Shrimp in Green Garlic Sauce

Shrimp in Green Garlic Sauce by John Spottiswood

Wow, this is a really powerful and delicious dish. If you are looking for subtle flavors, search elsewhere. But if you're in the mood for a garlicky, "must dip my bread in every last bit of that sauce", type of dish, you cannot beat this. I'll admit our kids are not normal, but all four of them downed these shrimp and were dipping…

5 votes
Baccala' e ceci

Baccala' e ceci by Frank Fariello

Everyone knows that Friday is fish day for Catholics (even for some lapsed Catholics like myself). A traditional Friday dish in Rome is baccala' e ceci, salted cod fish with chick peas. (I love fried baccala', and there was a well-known place on via dei Giubbonari, close to our apartment, called Filetti di Baccala' that I loved to go…

3 votes
«Polpetielli» affogati (Baby Octopus Braised in Tomato Sauce)

«Polpetielli» affogati (Baby Octopus Braised in Tomato Sauce) by Frank Fariello

Octopus is a popular food all around the Mediterranean basin and yet elsewhere it is often, for some reason, 'controversial'. Many people who will happily scarf down fried calamari will shudder at the thought of eating its close cousin, which is too…

5 votes
Pasta with Cauliflower and Anchovy Sauce

Pasta with Cauliflower and Anchovy Sauce by Nancy Miyasaki

This is a wonderful, mild flavored pasta we've adapted from Marcella Hazan. I know it sounds like an odd combination of ingredients, but you should definitely try it. It's unlike any pasta you have likely eaten before, and it is quite tasty. We will definitely make it again. Serve with the roasted broccoli below for a nice…

5 votes
Conchiglioni al Forno

Conchiglioni al Forno by Carmelita

You can fill pasta shells with practically anything, so having a free hand I decided on something light: a "trito" or chopped mixture, of fish and vegetables. You can see my base ingredients, enough for 4 for a light lunch or for 2 greedy people, in the second picture in the gallery. I used:

4 votes
Baccalà alla napoletana

Baccalà alla napoletana by Frank Fariello

Baccalà, or salted codfish, marries especially well with tomatoes, and the marriage reaches its apogee of deliciousness in the summer, when tomatoes are at their best. And who does tomatoes better than the people of Campania, home to Italy's best tomatoes? Baccala alla napoletana, Naples-style codfish, is a simple dish of bold…

2 votes
Lemon-butter Linguini with Peppery Shirmp

Lemon-butter Linguini with Peppery Shirmp by John Spottiswood

It always surprises me when black pepper is used in such quantity that it makes a dish truly spicy, since we so often use it as a mild addititve. That's the case with this dish. The black pepper generates a welcome heat which is cut nicely by the lemony pasta. You'll enjoy this one! Adapted from a recipe in Cooking Light.

5 votes
Grilled Salmon with Basil Cream Sauce

Grilled Salmon with Basil Cream Sauce by John Spottiswood

Grilled salmon goes very well with lemon and basil. This cream sauce makes an interesting and attractive dish to serve for family or for guests. Our kids went back for more sauce. They love pesto on pizza and pasta, and this has a similar, though milder, flavor.

7 votes
Spaghetti with Clam and Tomato sauce

Spaghetti with Clam and Tomato sauce by John Spottiswood

This is one of my favorite last minute, throw together pastas. I generally use canned clams and canned Italian plum tomatoes (except in the summer/fall when wonderful fresh roma tomatoes are available), so this requires only a trip to the pantry. Our kids enjoy this as well. Recommended pasta: Spaghettini, thin spaghetti, takes to…

1 vote
Sole Piccata with Spinach

Sole Piccata with Spinach by Nancy Miyasaki

This tasty piccata recipe can be made with any white fish...sole, flounder, tilapia, etc. It's simple and very fresh tasting. It goes great with my Basmati Rice with Herbs the light lemon flavor blends very well with the pungent herbs.

3 votes