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Author Archives: Mario Batali

LET’S HAVE A COCKTAIL PARTY!

“This is a handbook for living well and appreciating life with joyous abandon.”   Mario Batali   We admit we’re a bit biased when it comes to our friend, celebrity caterer Mary Giuliani. She’s sweet, she’s smart and she’s cute as a button.   But all that aside, what really made us fall in love with…

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Fall Family Night Special: Pasta

After eighteen years of raising hungry boys in my kitchen, I seldom have leftovers when pasta water and cold butter are paired as the base of a sauce. In an act of kitchen artistry, every plate is licked clean and I barely have to put any elbow grease into the dirty dish aftermath. My pennette…

WATCH THIS COOK THIS!

WATCH THIS: HOW TO shuck scallops COOK THIS: sea scallops alla caprese

Mario’s Top 5 Fall Produce

When it comes to cooking vegetables the Italian way, it’s important to seek out products that are local and in season. More than anything, it’s really about understanding just how easy it is to cook things if you buy the best product that you can find. With the crisp fall air looming, all you need are these…

Eating Stories

Do you like eating, drinking and hearing awesome story-telling?? Join me and my pals at the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival!!   Caterer to the stars, Mary Giuliani, and I are inviting a handful of of our closest friends to share their “eating stories” with you.  Eating Stories will begin…

Mario Batali FOundation Honors Dinner

Join us for an evening of fantastic food, wine, cocktails and conversation as we honor Gretchen Witt, co-founder of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer   The evening will be hosted by Mario and John C. Reilly, featuring (funny) words by comedian Jim Gaffigan and delightful music by Billy Strings and Don Julin.   This is one…

We’re Hot Then We’re Cold

Created in Parma, Italy in 1935, the tomato revolution known as Pomì became a staple in authentic Italian homes across the region. Almost half a century later, the passata, or strained tomatoes, were successfully introduced to the United States. Since ripe, juicy tomatoes and zucchini are an even better pairing than extra virgin olive…

Once Weeds … Now, Wow!

The last time I went to Eckerton Hill Farm, I didn’t know I was going to watch Tim Stark make dirt.   That was almost two years ago, and we talked about it in America: Farm to Table. There were weeds, and piles of dirt and dancing tractors. It was a scene!   Consider this…

THE 10 MOST IMPORTANT PASTA COOKING TIPS

Italians are pretty specific about how to cook and dress their noodles, and we urge you to adhere to our ten basic rules when cooking pasta!!   10. For each pound of pasta, use 6 quarts water and 3 tablespoons kosher salt. Don’t salt the water before it has come to a boil, or it…

No Trickery about Chicory

There are few things I relish more during summer than dining al fresco in my backyard as the sun settles in for the evening over Lake Michigan. A cold, inexpensive bottle of Friulano paired with my white bean bruschetta with grilled radicchio salad makes it a perfect evening. This bruschetta was one of the most…

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