Veal Scallopine with Asparagus

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There’s something about spring that just makes me think, asparagus, asparagus, asparagus.  I am drawn to asparagus like a moth to a flame, and while I am always perfectly happy to have it steamed with just a drizzle of olive oil and sea salt, if I can incorporate it into a full-on elegant dinner, so much the better!  That’s one of the things I love about this recipe.  The other is that it is one of those priceless recipes that you can pull out for a fancy dinner party…or make on a regular old Tuesday night.  That’s how quick and wonderful it is.  Because on some Tuesday nights, you need and deserve a dinner party dinner.  Right?  Right. Read More & Get the Recipe

Veal Artichoke Ragout

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I'm currently in a mad, passionate love affair with artichokes.  This happens to me sometimes.  I go for these long stretches without having anything to do with an artichoke, and then I see one across a crowded room and something comes over me. Hello, handsome. Now before you get the wrong idea, I didn't exactly use that dashing specimen in the picture.  Nope, this recipe uses the couldn't-be-easier frozen artichoke hearts that come in a box in your handy frozen food section, and all you have to do is let them thaw and then toss them in the ragout at the last minute.  The rest of this dish is an easy veal stew that cooks for a couple of lazy hours on the stovetop in a luxurious sauce of beef broth, white wine, lemon juice, chopped onion and garlic, rosemary, tomato paste and just a little bit of flour to make it just the right amount of thickness.  It's the perfect dish for a cold snowy Sunday when you are hankering for a comfort food dinner that is just a little bit Read More & Get the Recipe

Naked Ravioli

naked ravioli

Okay, so I would like to clear up something right away.  When I posted on my Facebook page that I was making this particular recipe for dinner, there was a fair amount of, shall I say ALARM, about the title of the recipe.  Some people were concerned for my safety.  Others were just discombobulated in general about what on earth was going on in my kitchen. So just let me state clearly and for the record: it is the RAVIOLI that is naked.  Not the cook.  The cook remained fully clothed at all time, as you can see from the photograph below. Now that we can all breathe a deep sigh of relief, let me tell you what is going on here. Naked ravioli basically means that you are getting the filling of the ravioli - in this case a scrumptious mixture of veal, parmesan cheese, herbs and some other things - OUTSIDE of the pasta. So the ravioli filling is, well, naked.  I toss some bow-tie pasta into this dish so you still get the happiness of the pasta part, it's just not wrapped around Read More & Get the Recipe