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Cooking with Kids

I live in a house with three girls—my wife and two daughters. And a female poodle! The whole casa is filled with dolls, shoes, lipsticks and fashion items. The only manly touches here are my biking gear and my kitchen knives (and those, too, are lipstick/nail-polish red). When my daughters ask me to play with […]

Snack Food, Italian-Style

In Rome, there’s a McDonald’s mere steps from the Spanish Steps. It’s always busy, but I can’t imagine why anyone would choose McDonald’s over authentic Italian snack food. Fast-food French fries vs. freshly-fried arancini risotto balls? That’s a no-brainer. “Italians are experts in some of the most creative and satisfying snack foods around,” says Mario Batali, […]

Crafting a Better Pizza Crust

When perfected, pizza crust is light and airy, substantial enough to hold its toppings, but never so heavy that it weighs you down. Each bite is at once chewy and crunchy, and each mouthful is a delicious balance between texture and taste. But last week when I pulled a pie from out of my own […]

Extra Virgin on Wheels: Bruschetta To Go

This week on Extra Virgin, Debi and I volunteer our time for an important Los Angeles charity, Midnight Mission. Our contribution is to cook up a few Italian specialities and sell them on the Vesuvio Food Truck to a very hungry crowd. All the proceeds are going to The Midnight Mission! On the menu are Turkey Meatballs, risotto croquettes or Arancini, and […]

Toasting Grandma’s Biscotti

I love baking biscotti for family events and potluck parties, and especially during the holidays, when I make several batches and ship them as presents to family and friends. They are perfect gifts to make on a small budget, and they travel very well. Cantuccini di Prato, the traditional Tuscan name for the biscotti we make, are the real […]

Risotto: A Rice Story

Stirring, ladling, stirring, ladling, tasting, stirring, second-guessing, ladling. . . Making the perfect risotto is a labor of love best undertaken with backup – your sweetheart, a friend or even an unsuspecting dinner guest with a strong arm will do. Because no matter what happens, if the salad needs mixing, the fish needs roasting, the […]

Untrapped: The Anti-Tourist’s Guide to Venice with Jamie Oliver

The canals, the singing gondoliers, the crowds of pigeons and tourists in Piazza San Marco. These are the iconic images of Venice that you’ll see on all the postcards. But if you, like Jamie Oliver, center your trips around culinary exploration, the highlights of this romantic Italian city include spaghetti alle vongole, cuttlefish, fresh peach bellinis […]

A Pizza My Heart

Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar star in Extra Virgin, Wednesday nights at 10pm ET/ 9pm CT. I started making pizzas when I was 10. My mom celebrates her birthday in June, and every year we throw a great garden party with anywhere between 80 and 100 guests. Needless to say, lots of food is prepared […]

Pasta La Vista with Hungry Girl

Afraid that pasta’s going to whack your diet? Fuggedaboutit! There’s nothing wrong with a little Italy, not when Hungry Girl’s in the kitchen. Catch her guilt-free pasta swaps today at 4pm ET/ 3pm CT. Hungry Girl’s got plenty reasons to say I love you, Italian food: Her Fettuccini Hungry Girlfredo is creamy, delicious and full […]

Perfect Pasta, Every Time

Guest contributor Gabriele Corcos and his wife Debi Mazar star in Extra Virgin, Wednesday nights at 10pm ET/ 9pm CT. As I said before, pasta is everything for Italians. But getting perfect pasta doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s a simple task that I would like to demystify. Here are my tips for getting it right […]

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