Bowtie Spinach Pasta With Shaved Parmesan




1 lb. box bowtie pasta

1 lb. fresh spinach

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 cup shaved parmesan cheese

olive oil


1. Boil pasta until desire taste. Drain well.

2. In a large skillet put 1 tbsp. olive oil. Sauté spinach for only 1 minute. (very quickly) remove and let cool.

3. In a large bowl, put cooked pasta, spinach, cherry tomatoes and shaved parmesan. Mix together.

4. Refrigerate for about 2 hours before serving.


Banana Walnut Cookies




1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter (softened)

2/3 cups of sugar

1 large egg

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 1/2 banana (ripe)

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 cup walnuts (chopped)


1. Beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add in egg and vanilla extract. Mix well.

2. Chop up banana finely and add to sugar mixture.

3. In another bowl, add flour, baking powder and walnuts.

4. Slowly add flour mixture into butter mixture. Stir to blend in evenly.

5. Spoon out a large tablespoon of dough and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Cookies should be at least 1 1/2 inches apart.

5. Bake until cookies are light brown. (about 12-15 minutes)

Tequila Lime Chicken




2 whole chickens (cut into pieces)

1 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)

3/4 cup fresh lime juice

1 cup tequila

3 tbsp. light brown sugar (firmly packed)

2 tbsp. garlic (minced)

2 tsp. sea salt

3 tsp. grated lime zest


1. In a large bowl add cilantro, lime juice, tequila, brown sugar garlic, sea salt and lime zest. Mix well.

2. In a large bowl or pan put chicken. Pour tequila marinade over it. Make sure all pieces are covered in marinade. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours. (Overnight is better.)

3. There are two options for cooking. You can barbecue chicken on a grill or bake in a 400 degree oven for about 40 minutes. Chicken should be white on the inside when cooked.


John Contratti and Patricia Clarkson



It was one the nicest dinners I’ve had, when I joined actress Patricia Clarkson for dinner at Cafe Loup in Manhattan. For the devout moviegoer, my favorite films of Patricia’s include “The Station Agent”, “Pieces Of April”, “The Untouchables”, Good Night Good Luck” and so many others. Patricia will be on Broadway this Fall in “The Elephant Man” with Bradley Cooper.  It was a great way to end an amazing summer.

Brown Rice With Shrimp and Spinach




3 cups brown rice

1 lb. medium shrimp (tails removed)

1 lb. fresh spinach

2 cloves of garlic

olive oil

sea salt

1 lemon (juiced)


1. Cook brown rice. 3 cups of brown rice with 6 cups of water in a large pot.

2. Boil shrimp and drain well. Cut shrimp in half.

3. In a large skillet, put garlic and 2 tbs. of olive oil. Cook spinach for about 3 minutes.

4. When rice is done, add shrimp and spinach to brown rice pot.

5. Sprinkle with sea salt and squeeze one lemon.

6. Mix well and serve.

Serves 4 people.

Roasted Zucchini and Tomatoes




3 green zucchinis (cut into pieces)

3 yellow zucchinis (cut into pieces)

2 cups cherry tomatoes

2 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. turmeric

2 tbsp. fresh parsley (chopped)

3 tbsp. olive oil


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. In a large baking pan, put all ingredients, except parsley. Mix well.

2. Put in oven for 25 minutes.

3. Stir vegetables, drizzle a drop more of olive oil  and stir. Put parsley on top.

4. Return to oven for about 15 minutes.

*Vegetables should be tender when done.



Cold Elbow Pasta Antipasto




1 lb. elbow pasta (cooked and drained well)

1 lb piece of salami (cut into mini cubes)

1 pepperoni stick (cut into mini cubes)

1 cup of roasted red peppers (cut into thin slices)

1 lb. piece sharp provolone cheese (cut in to mini cubes)

2 tbsp. fresh parsley (chopped)

3 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar


1. In a large bowl, put all ingredients. Mix well.

Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

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