Bucatini all'Amatriciana is much more than just another pasta red sauce. The deep flavors of the pork, onions, garlic, pepper, and tomatoes are together much more than they are apart. Visit suppertimeblues.com to learn more.

Bucatini all’Amatriciana

I’d heard of Bucatini all’Amarticiana before. Marcella Hazan said, “The two are indivisible as Romeo and Juliet.

Bucatini is a hollow, thicker, spaghtetti-like pasta. Almost like a thin drinking straw. Amatrice is a beautiful city in Central Italy.

And then I had the good fortune to savor this dish in a wonderful little Italian restaurant in Kansas City. And I was hooked.

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Pork braised in sauerkraut for New Years is an old German family tradition. The slow-cooked, house-filling smell, and inexpensive ingredients come together like magic. Visit suppertimeblues.com to learn more.

Sauerkraut-braised Pork Shoulder

Pork braised in sauerkraut for New Years is an old Pennsylvania Dutch / German immigrant tradition especially up around Ohio and Pennsylvania (where I’m originally from). The hog represents prosperity, always foraging only forward, and the green of the cabbage represents wealth. I remember it fondly growing up.

Though it would be a shame to only cook this on that one day of the year! The cut of meat is inexpensive and there’s just something about the house-filling smell and anticipation of an hours-long slow braise. (You know how much I like one pot meals!)

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