Today's recipe may look very unassuming, maybe even plain, but let me assure you, it's really, well, YUMMY! If you're looking for a spicy-hot red pepper soup....keep looking. If you only like chunky soups filled with all sorts of meat and veggies....this isn't for you. BUT...if you love the idea of a rich, creamy, savory-sweet soup and you love the flavor of roasted red peppers.....you're gonna love this! It makes a great lunch or light dinner with the addition of some great rolls or a grilled sandwich and a salad. The recipe comes from The Italian American Cookbook by John and Galina Mariani.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Wow, that's a mouthful! And a delicious mouthful at that! I tried to shorten the title, honest, but I just couldn't come up with something shorter that would convey all the yumminess of these recipes. And...we are talking about two recipes here, friends! They may sound fancy or complicated, but really are pretty simple to prepare and really good.
Now, I realize that I'm sharing this in the middle of January, but it would make a great summer meal also. You can use a grill (indoor or outdoor) or broiler for the seafood (it only takes 4 minutes!) and the orzo dish can be served warm or at room temperature. So....no heating up the kitchen for hours!
Monday, January 14, 2013
Chocolate pudding.....for me, another quintessential comfort food. As a little girl, I remember it being a favorite dessert. This is a bit more sophisticated with the addition of some cinnamon and toasted pine nuts. Some recipes will yield a pudding that has a soft, loose consistency. This one makes a dense, rich, and intensely chocolate dessert. It comes from the book Mario Batali Holiday Food.
Sharing Italian customs, as well as recipes, is something I've wanted to do with this blog. But, I have to admit, that to share or not to share this next custom with you has caused me a bit of anxiety. It's something I've never been aware of, and it was a bit shocking to me....even a little disturbing. (Do I have your attention yet?) I've gone back and forth and finally decided....I'll just go for it. Learning about different cultures is good, right??
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
As I've mentioned before, Italians are pretty frugal. If at all possible, nothing goes to waste. Well, I recently found myself with some fresh ricotta in the fridge, left over from a recent trip to an Italian market. I'd already used some of it to bake an orange ricotta cheesecake but still had a little bit left.
After looking over my shelves of cookbooks, I decided to pull out one that the hubby had brought home for me quite awhile back and see what I could find. The cookbook is called La Cucina di Andrea's. It has recipes from a well-known Northern Italian restaurant in New Orleans. I pretty quickly found a pasta dish that happened to use the same amount of ricotta that I had left, so.....that would be dinner. The recipe actually used penne, but rigatoni was in my cupboard so that's what I used. A little side note.....apparently this dish was named after the famous Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini. This is some rich, delicious tasting pasta, whoever it's named after.