Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cavatappi Pasta With Mushrooms and Sausage


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pound mushrooms, trimmed, cleaned and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus 3/4 teaspoon
  • 3/4 cup dry Marsala wine 
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 pound cavatappi pasta
  • 1 pound of a pork sausage (ie: garlic and pepper)
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan 
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Remove sausage from casing and cook in skillet on medium/high heat till cooked through (about 10 mins) and set aside.  Place the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and 1 teaspoon of the salt. Saute, stirring occasionally, until all the moisture has evaporated and the mushrooms have cooked down, about 10 minutes. Add the marsala and continue cooking until almost all the wine has evaporated, about 5 minutes then add the parmesan and cream.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Stir in remaining salt. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta and add it into the mushrooms, marsala and onions, parmesan and cream and sausage and cook about 3 more minutes. Stir in the parsley and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve.

Adapted from Giada.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

McNulty's Tea & Coffee

An establishment in the West Village, NYC - keepin' it real all these years...
Love getting our coffee beans here!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Independence Hall - Where It All Began July 4, 1776

 "We hold these truths to be self-evident, 
that all men are created equal, 
that they are endowed by their Creator 
with certain unalienable Rights, that among 
these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Fire Island Fun With Friends

Nothing like a fun day on the beach with friends.....
We kicked off the holiday weekend yesterday doing just that!