Spaghettini with Onions and Bottarga

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One weekend over the winter Neni and her husband Stathis came to visit us at our cottage on Long Island. She brought a jar of tuna bottarga (dried and pulverized grey mullet roe), a pound of spaghettini, a more »

Thank You Friends…

…For your kind words. Dementia is a really difficult illness for everyone involved and it was so comforting to hear from you. It seems like every other person I talk to has some experience with this. Elinor has more »

Splendid Tuna Confit


I’ve been canning tuna fish for years, but after trying this crazy good (and super simple) tuna confit recipe, I may never bother again. Neni’s tuna confit is a short-term preservation where chunks of tuna are simmered in olive more »

It’s now or next year…Tomato Paste


Neni’s mother used to sun dry her tomato paste on their roof in Athens. Back then, the humidity in Athens was 15.9%. (It’s 37% now, says Neni, because of the excessive use of air conditioning in the city.) more »

Fish Soup, For Mourning


This is a sad post. In early December a beautiful young man, a schoolmate of my daughter’s, left a suicide note in his apartment. A few months later his body was found in the East River. He suffered more »

The Best Braised Chicken with Lemons


Though we had a long fall hiatus, Neni and I are going strong now. She showed me this lovely technique for braising chicken the other day and I have to say, this may be the most delectable braised more »

A Greek Lenten Specialty


It took me quite a while to get my head around this dish, because fava, to my knowledge is Vicia faba, the broad bean common in Italian cookery. When Neni talks about fava, she’s referring to something very more »

Thirty Minute Beef and Rice Soup


The fall was very busy for both Neni and me and so we haven’t had a chance to cook together. But last week I went up to her lovely apartment on Riverside drive, to learn how she makes more »

Stewed Beef with Eggplant


I am in Colorado and Neni is in Greece and while I thought it would be a drag to share recipes over the internet, it turns out not only to be easy but a wonderful marriage of east more »

Greek Cheese Pastries


Neni showed me how to make these wonderful little cheese pies right before she left New York for Greece. She told me she likes to make them before she goes on a trip because the recipe uses up more »