Is All Pasta the Same?

Is All Pasta the Same?

When I was in college, I moved into an old house with a couple of friends. One of my friends wasn’t really into cooking and ate pasta 99% of the time. He’d go to the grocery store on Sunday and stock up on whichever noodles and store-bought tomato sauce were on sale. We’d always have a great time together and thought very much alike on many topics. But there was one thing we could never agree on…

You see, to my college housemate all pasta was the same. The noodles were simply made in different shapes and sizes. In a way, he was right. He cooked pasta in a way that made spaghetti, rigatoni, and tagliatelle taste absolutely the same every night.

Is Pecorino Romano Cheese the Same as Parmesan?

Is Pecorino Romano Cheese the Same as Parmesan?

There are countless reasons to love Italian food! Without doubt, one of them is the great variety and amazing taste of Italian cheeses. Just take a look at igourmet’s cheese encyclopedia and you’ll see that there’s more than 33 kids of cheese from all regions of Italy. From Cacio di Fossa, or goat cheese buried underground during aging to blue-veined cow’s milk Gorgonzola, Italian cuisine offers a cheese variety for every taste.

Unless you’re a cheese connoisseur who lives in Italy, getting access to all of them can be highly difficult and outright expensive. For people like you and me who live elsewhere in Europe or across the Atlantic in the U.S. and Canada, the variety is limited to the cheeses we can find in the grocery store.

Two Italian cheeses you’ll find in any store and no matter what country you live in are parmesan and Pecorino. And one question that home cooks often ask on Google is, what is the difference between them?

Continue reading this blog post to find out.

The Spuckie Sandwich: Where to Get It & How to Make One at Home

The Spuckie Sandwich: Where to Get It & How to Make One at Home

You haven’t really been to Boston unless you go to the North End and eat a spuckie sandwich from one of the old-school Italian bakeries. There are many names for and variations of the Italian sandwich across the U.S., and this is one of my all-time favorites.

In this blog post, I’m going to share what a spuckie sandwich is, share an original recipe so that you make one at home, and curate some of Bostonians’ top recommendations for where to grab one the next time you happen to be in town.

Continue reading if I’ve got you curious.

Jambon-Beurre Sandwich Recipe

Jambon-Beurre Sandwich Recipe

The first time I had a jambon beurre sandwich was several years ago on a trip to Paris. I flew in too late for lunch and a little too early for dinner. Since I slept on the plane, I hadn’t eaten anything that day. I decided I’d look for a quick bite that was just enough to tame my hunger, but not enough to ruin my appetite for the rest of the day.

I headed to the Paris city center and looked up the best artisanal bakeries on Tripadvisor. “If there’s one place you can eat a great snack at 4 PM in Paris,” I thought to myself, “that’s got to be an old bakery.” I found the one I liked and asked for a recommendation from the staff behind the counter (I speak a little French, so I got the good tips).

And so I ordered the jambon-beurre sandwich. Ever since, I’ve been recreating this experience over and over (and over) again at home.

In this post, I’m going to tell you why and how to do the same.

Why Are Capers So Salty?

Why Are Capers So Salty?

You’ve seen them in Italian, Greek, Spanish, and Mediterranean restaurants. They go in salads, pasta dishes, seafood, and poultry. With their distinct salty and tangy taste, capers are a great ingredient for your day to day cooking.

If you’ve ever wondered why capers are so salty, where they come from in the first place, and what recipes they’re best for, this post is going to satisfy your culinary curiosity.

The Best Skillets on Amazon

The Best Skillets on Amazon

If I could only buy a single piece of cookware in my entire lifetime, I’d go without hesitation for a skillet. A good skillet is sturdy and versatile. You can cook with it on the stovetop as well as in the oven. With the right care and maintenance from your side (as, in my view, any good piece of cookware deserves), it will last you a lifetime.

A skillet is a flat-bottomed pan that you can use for frying, searing, and sautéing food. It has short and curved sides. With a large surface and flared rim, a skillet gives you enough space to stir, move, and flip ingredients around, while allowing you to pour out cooking sauces and liquids.

In 20 years of home cooking, I’ve spent many hours researching, buying, and using some of the best skillets for home cooks on the market. I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s a skillet for everyone and no two skillets are alike. You just need to know what you’re looking for to make sense of all the options like shapes, sizes, and materials out there.

If you’re looking for the best skillets on Amazon, here’s my buyer’s guide.

Can You Grill Frozen Chicken?

Can You Grill Frozen Chicken?

It’s a sunny Sunday afternoon. You’re drinking beer with friends in your backyard and you just fired up the grill. You promised the kids you were going to make their favorite barbecue chicken. It then strikes you… you forgot to buy chicken breasts from the grocery store. “Thank God,” you think to yourself, “I left some in the freezer from last time.”

There’s just one problem: they’re still frozen. This happened to me recently and, let me tell you, it took me some researching on Google to figure out what to do as I was grilling sausages for the grownups.

How to Tell If Sausage Is Cooked

How to Tell If Sausage Is Cooked

Sausage is a true favorite among all carnivores. Hearty, flavorful, and aromatic, sausages can be cooked in a variety of ways, are generally affordable, and can feed an entire family in a one-pot meal. They’re also really easy to get wrong. Here’s the tips and tricks I’ve learned for 20 years of home cooking — and how it can help you make perfectly-cooked sausages for you and your family every single time.

Unless you’ve been doing this for a while, it’s hard to tell when a sausage is fully cooked without a meat thermometer or a kitchen timer. As you cook different recipes over time and come to your favorites, you’re going to develop what I call home cook’s intuition. That is to say, you’ll be able to intuitively tell when sausage is done.

Until then, here are my best tips and tricks I’ve learned from twenty years of home cooking; on the grill, stove, and in the oven.

Why Are Sandwiches Called Sandwiches?

Why Are Sandwiches Called Sandwiches?

There’s nothing better than a good sandwich when you’re looking to grab a quick bite on the go. Sliced meat, cheese, and veggies between two slices of toasted bread or in a split bread roll, the sandwich is a favorite food of people across the world.

Just in the U.S., people eat 300 million sandwiches every single day. That’s really impressive given that the total population of the U.S. is 328 million according to data from 2019.

If you’re here, you’re probably wondering how the sandwich got its name. This — and other curious facts about sandwiches you didn’t know — in today’s blog post.

Keep on reading to find out more.