The pasta world is a world of seemingly infinite variety. The sheer volume of the different pasta shapes made, cooked and eaten around the globe never ceases to amaze me. Growing up in North America, I was familiar with the rotinis, penne and bow ties (farfalle) of the world. I didn’t know just how tiny my pasta knowledge was until I began cooking in earnest. And honestly, when I learned of my ignorance, I was floored. Strozzapreti, pici, lanterne; these were completely foreign and wonderful to me. I mean, really, when orecchiette is a novelty to you, you’re due for quite the education. The best part of my ongoing schooling is whenever I think I’ve got this pasta thing on lock, a new variety finds a way of grabbing my attention. Such was the case with today’s Handkerchief Pasta with Pistachio Arugula Pesto.
Deconstructed. The word makes me wince. Think of how many Deconstructed Somethings you’ve seen floating around Pinterest and Instagram. Many of them are designed to side-step technical difficulty (re: Sushi Bowls), which I don’t have a problem with. Not everyone has the deft hand or equipment required to recreate a favorite dish at home. No, what I have a problem with is the deconstructed dishes that act like they’re moving the ball forward. The ones that come with the snobbishness of supposed innovation. Ugh! Get over yo’self!
Happy Halloween, guys! I know your social feeds must be flooded with hot dogs carved into fingers and ghoulish dry ice cocktails, but you won’t find any of that here. Here we’re going to keep it classy, decidedly less fun and exceptionally more difficult. Are you sorry you stopped by yet? Well, take heart because these Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse Cakes with Burnt Caramel are definitely worth the effort.
Okay, I’m about to wade into dangerous territory. Pineapple on pizza. Delicious? Gross? Depraved? Today’s Hot Hawaiian Pizza should give you a clear idea of where my allegiances lie.There are a lot of feelings around this issue and, honestly, the passion of those opposed to the fruit’s fraternization with pizza has kind of scared me into silence, but no more. I believe that as long as pork products belong on pizza, pineapple has a place there too. Pineapple and pork are in a committed, long-term relationship, where pork goes so goes the pineapple. BUT, having said that, there is a right way and a wrong way to invite fruit to your pizza party. This Hot Hawaiian Pizza is, in my opinion, the best way to eat pineapple on pizza. Let’s dive right in, shall we?