I love to cook.  More than that, I love to eat.  So its very easy to make the jump of combining the two loves into one big fat delicious LOVE.  Here you will find some great recipes for dishes like Steamed Mussels, Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic, Pumpkin Soup, Roasted Fennel with Anchovies and Sambucca, Blueberry Pancakes.  You get the picture, good stuff!  You can post a recipe too and together we can be chefs of the city (or the country if that is where you live).  Also, I'll be telling you about some of my favorite restaurants around town.  So enjoy!   

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Urban Food


Crispy Chicken with Shallots!

This chicken recipe is sooooo good!  You must make it.  Seriously. 


Dill Sauce Aioli Rivera!

You must make this simple dill sauce.  Seriously.  Its amazing on fish, steamed vegetables and slathered on crusty baguette.  And it takes all of 15 minutes.  Enjoy!


New Year's Prime Rib Roast!

You like prime rib?  You'll love this, I know I did!


Urban Roast Chicken!!

This my friends is something you should make and enjoy, especially in the Fall/Winter season.  Its a French style roast chicken that is to die for.  Its so savory and retains all of its moisture as well as having a crisp skin.  Enjoy!


Linguine Con Panchetta e Tonno Rivera!

     That my friends is linguini with Panchetta,(Italian bacon) and tuna. So very good and so easy to make. The story of how it came about originally is one night I was very hungry!  And very lazy, which ment I did not want to go to the market, which is what I normally do every day to see what's fresh, and what strikes my fancy. So instead I rummaged through my pantry and came across a can of Italian tuna packed in olive oil, a package of linguini and in the fridge, some Panchetta.  Voilà, the proverbial light bulb went off in my head and I thought, "why not mix all this stuff together and make a dish??!!"  If it fails, so what, I've got some good wine to wash it down with and nobody's here to see me scarf it down anyway- which I would have done, win or lose. 

   But it didn't fail. And here's how to make it. 

1/2 package linguini or linguini fini

1 can Italian tuna packed in olive oil

3 strips of Panchetta or bacon

hot pepper flakes to taste

   Fill your pasta pot with water and add a LOT of coarse sea salt until the water actually tastes like the sea. 1/2 cup is norm. While waiting for the water to come to a full boil, fry the Panchetta until crisp and crush it. ( however you do that is your business, I used my hands).  Put aside. When linguini is al dente, drain it and add the tuna which you have drained HALF the oil out of, and the crushed Panchetta. Add the pepper flakes and mix liberally. Plate it and drizzle extra virgin olive oil and grate fresh parmigiana -reggiano over it. 

   Now a word on tuna. No, no, no you can't use Chicken of the Sea chunk light packed in water. Italian tuna like the brand name, Tonno, for instance, is higher grade tuna and it is packed in olive oil, which you must use part of to make this dish. Plus it looks cooler doesn't it, if you're trying to impress someone and you're using imported fish in your Italian dish!  

   So there you have it dear readers, Linguini con Panchetta e Tonno Rivera. Serve with a nice Dolcetto or Pinot gris or with an ice cold beer!  Buon Appetito!