Maltagliati all’Arrabbiata

Maltagliati all'arrabbiata

Maltagliati all’Arrabbiata
Calabrian Chili, Burrata, and Fresh Basil
Served with an Amalfi Spritz

Buon Natale! Merry Christmas – this is a brilliant vegetarian dish for the holiday with its beautiful striking red and green colors. But how could it possibly be any good? The pasta, maltagliati, literally translates to “badly cut” and the sauce arrabbiata translates to “angry”! Turns out this bad-cut-angry pasta dish is actually deliziosa…and perfect for the holidays.

Maltagliati all'arrabbiata

Maltagliati all’arrabbiata REcipe

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Amalfi-Style Spaghetti with Zucchini

Amalfi-Style Spaghetti with ZucchiniSpaghetti with Pan-Fried Zucchini
Shishito Pepper Pesto

Inspired by Bobby Flay’s Amalfi Restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip

Bobby Flay’s stellar new restaurant at Caesars Palace is where he brings flavors of the Amalfi Coast to the Las Vegas Strip.

We had an absolutely delightful meal there recently…and would have tried even more fabulous dishes if we had room. Our server informed us that the Spaghetti Zucchine is one of the most popular pastas at the restaurant. The Chef wrote on Instagram that it has become the most requested pasta dish at his house.

Unable to fit in another pasta that night (we had the Caramelle and Pasta Rags, both excellent), I just had to try the Spaghetti Zucchine at home.

Amalfi by Bobby Flay
Turbot and Snapper at Amalfi by Bobby Flay
Amalfi by Bobby Flay
Charred Octopus, Burnt Orange, Pancetta at Amalfi by Bobby Flay

Amalfi by Bobby Flay

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For Your Next Party: The Shellfish Course

shellfish course
the yellow course:
colossal shrimp & littleneck clams

sherry brandy lobster sauce with corn, tarragon, parsley
toasted baguette

shellfish course

Now here’s another dish from our fundraiser dinner held last weekend. Shrimp and clams in the bright yellow broth make a stunning presentation, while sherry, brandy and tarragon give it unique flavors. This course is terrific for entertaining as both the shrimp and lobster stock can be prepared ahead of time. To serve – the clams are cooked in the stock, removed and kept warm while corn, cream and herbs are added to finish the broth which, by the way, is heavenly.

table setting, centerpieces

Believe it or not, the idea for this menu came to me in a dream. I definitely dream in color… The idea is that the appetizer course, which is plated on a large tray for guests to help themselves, is all-colors. Then when the guests are seated for dinner each individual course is a single color. The shellfish course was the “yellow course” while the previous post of Sturgeon Two Ways was the “purple course.” The recipes for the “green course” a chilled soup of Sugar Snap Pea & Mint, and the “pink course” Fettuccine with Beet Syrup, and “orange course” Mango & Lime Cream Vol-au-Vent have been posted on Taste With The Eyes previously.

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Your Next Lobster Tail Recipe

Broiled Lobster Tails, Bobby Flay Recipe
Broiled Lobster Tails with Manila Clams & Corn
Sherry Cognac Lobster Broth with Tarragon & Parsley

My brother Bill is in town from the Florida Keys. I invited him over to try out a Bobby Flay recipe of striped bass in a lobster broth. Being Bill, he asks, “Lobster broth, without lobster tails?” Being Bill, of course he showed up with the tails, mighty big ones I might add. I’ll try Flay’s striped bass next time.

So we went for a hike along the coast, checked out the aftermath of the major landslide that occurred in November, then cooked a dinner that was simple and easy to prepare yet had complex flavor pairings and was nothing short of extraordinary. My thanks to Bill and Bobby.

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