My Spinach Linguine with Pesto and Cream is a northern Italian inspired dish that sounds heavier than it really is. I used turkey stock as a base for the sauce and enriched it with just a couple tablespoons of cream. I usually keep cubes of pesto in my freezer and add it to simple Italian dishes like this one. I didn't have any fresh sweet basil on hand, but use it for garnish if you do. We ate this dish for lunch, but it will do well for dinner as well, maybe with a salad and some olive [Read more...]
I was inspired by another Foodgawker member to attempt a new spin on quinoa fritters. It's not that I mind broccoli, I'm just not usually drawn to it - this way of cooking it is fantastic, without any of that broccoli flavor. Frying up the fritters over a bit of oil really gives the quinoa crunchiness and extra flavor.
I used to be so intimidated about making foccacia, actually bread in general. I finally gave in, and... how easy was that? This focaccia is my favorite home baked bread, top it with fresh rosemary, basil and sea salt. Italian Focaccia Bread Save Print Author: Aleks Recipe type: Sweet and Savory Baking Cuisine: Italian Ingredients The dough: 2 cups all purpose flour (I have used a 50/50 all-purpose & soft whole wheat flour with good results) 2¼ cups whole wheat [Read more...]
This easy lasagna recipe is a classic and hearty dish, best enjoyed with a glass of Chianti: Lasagna Save Print Author: Aleks Recipe type: Main Course Cuisine: Italian Ingredients 1 pound lean ground beef, or bison meat 1 (32 ounce) jar Tomato Sauce 32 ounces ricotta cheese 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 2 eggs ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 teaspoons dried parsley salt to taste ground black pepper to taste 9 no-boil lasagna noodles ½ cup water [Read more...]
Stale bread is a fact of life. Don`t waste it by making this simple Tuscan dish - a cold bread salad whose name of uncertain origins and probably comes from pan short for pane or bread and zanella an old italian name for a bowl. I had to change my version slightly to account for temporary lack of basil. I also had fresh zucchini and yellow bell peppers, so I sauteed them and included in the mix - cooking from what I had, rather than what was classical. You know what? That's ok. [Read more...]
If you are fortunate enough to have access to fresh zucchini blossoms, this recipe is downright heavenly and brings out all the wonderful herb flavors. These simple fried zucchini blossoms were one of the nicest things I've eaten all spring. Fried Zucchini Blossoms Save Print Author: Aleks Recipe type: Snacks and Appetizers Cuisine: Italian Ingredients 18 zucchini blossoms A pint (500 ml) cold water (sparkling adds a nice touch), or a mixture of beer and water 3 heaping [Read more...]