My Not So Secret Recipe: “Ragù alla Bolognese”

Claudia’s Spaghetti Bolognese

I never get tired of pasta, and a great home-made Bolognese sauce is one of my favorites.  The ragù all a bolognese originated in Imola, a town near Bologna, Italy back in the late 18th century. The first recorded recipe for a meat sauce characterized as being Bolognese came from Pellegrino Artusi, which was included in his cookbook published in 1891.  Artusi’s sauce called for predominantly lean veal along with pancetta, butter, onion, and carrot. For more flavor he suggested adding small pieces of dried mushrooms, a few truffle slices, or a chicken liver.  He also recommended to add cream at the end for a more delicate dish. Continue reading

Off the Beaten Path: Robollo & Supernatural

Rope Lights by Christien Meindertsma at Supernatural

San Francisco offers first class design resources in all kinds of unexpected neighborhoods.  On 18th Street, just a hopscotch away from the Design Center, are the fabulous Robollo Home, a great resource for unique vintage furnishings, and a new discovery I just made more recently, Supernatural.  They are supporting neighbors, especially proven aesthetically when collaborated in SFMOMA’s exhibition last year of “The Steins Collect” creating “Stein Living Room” where they mixed classic 20th century design from Robollo Home with 21st century pieces from Supernatural. Continue reading