Yesterday I felt like doing a barbecue outdoors with friends … Too bad that here in Ohio, the weather is not yet good enough to organizing picnic! Too bad, but my desire of roasted chicken had not in front of the sad reality! So I come out with this recipe: easy, fast and even dietetics! I well roasted a few chicken drumsticks, sprinkled with a glass of white wine and served with a sauce flavored with fresh dill and green peppercorns. It was not like eating on a beautiful green lawn in t-shirt and shorts, but the desire to spread out my favorite picnic tablecloth in the living room a little ‘came to me!
I really like hummus: it’s easy, it’s tasty, and it’s perfect to be shared with friends as an appetizer or a chips dip at a party!. Here my version of the traditional hummus with tahini and sumac, ingredients that can be found in ethnic food shops. This recipe is very fast if an exception is made for cooking chickpeas: alternatively use those pre-cooked, even if the flavor will be less intense.
Homemade preserved vegetables in oil remind me some moments from my childhood: a kitchen tables full of vegetables, aunts, grandmothers, cousins, and brothers intent to peel and cut, acrid smells in the air and the atmosphere of a peasant festival. A lot of work and waiting weeks before sampling the product of our toil, but it is so good, really better than the preserved sold at the store! Today I prepare artichokes in one of the many classic Italian versions (because basically every Italian family has its own recipe “classic”!). To savor this delicacy is indispensable to perform certain steps strictly in order to avoid dangerous contamination.
Pulled Pork is one of my favorite American recipes! The meat cooked for hours at low temperature is tender and creamy, its flavor is intense and fragrant and it is really easy to do: it is a perfect dish for a party with friends in the winter nights! Today, I propose an Italian way to prepare the Pulled Pork: braised in red wine with juniper berries, mixed peppercorns and fresh rosemary. To recall even more Italian descent, I suggest to replace the classic bun with a creamy Polenta flavored with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and white pepper: it’s so tasty!
Winter rhymes with slow cooked and braised meats (do you feel the rhyme?!?). Here I suggest you a fragrant butternut squash compote: it is excellent as an accompaniment for slow cooked meats, like a pot roast or pulled pork. The secret to make a yummy compote is to measure out the balance between sweet and spicy. Usually I prepare the butternut squash compote portions in advance: in this way it will be ready in a few minutes during all the cold season!
Feel like cooking an unforgettable fish fillet in a little time? Here is a simple mackerel fillet with a sesame crust, paired with a salad of steamed endive. To finish the dish with a unique touch, we’ll season it with an tasty dressing of dill chlorophyll — read on to find out how!
Is well known: The kids do not particularly like some types of vegetables. It will be by chance, but the most hated are the healthiest! To encourage them eating these vegetables, the best thing is present the meal in a playful and colorful way. So, if you are looking for a new way to get children to eat vegetables, try on this vegetable cream, full of healthy vitamins!
When I see rack of lamb in plain sight on the butcher’s counter, I simply cannot resist! I love its unique flavor, almost naturally spicy, and its versatility: you can fry, pan-fry, bake, or stew it. My very first memory of lamb goes back to my maternal grandmother’s breaded lamb chops: fried and immediately served in a dish with baked potatoes…yum, sooner or later I’ll make them again! Today we will prepare the rack of lamb simply in the oven, after having briefly pan-fried it. To enhance the flavor of the meat I recommend an intense sage pesto and to finish off, a scented potato purée seasoned with fennel; need I say more? Buon appetito!
For me, born and raised in Bologna, stuffed zucchini are part of the tradition. This vegetable came in Europe from America, as a consequence of Cristoforo Colombo travelling, and was quickly introduced in the tradition of Italian cuisine. For centuries, stuffed zucchini were prepared with the leftovers of meat to provide a dish full of vitamins and protein. Here, I suggest a vegetarian version, filled with tasty goat cheese, coriander seeds, potatoes and shallots. Stuffed zucchini can be prepared either “lying” or “standing”, but I personally prefer the second option. Do not dig totally the zucchini, in order to preserve a base that will prevent leakage of the filling.
In Italy we particularly love stuffing tomatoes! We really enjoy Roman-style gratin dishes prepared with breadcrumbs and herbs or with rice and potatoes. Today we’ll prepare them with one of my favorite fillings: diced eggplants that we will fry beforehand in order to release the typical eggplant parmigiana flavor. To further enhance our filling, we will add sun-dried tomatoes and smoked aged mozzarella (in Italy known as “scamorza“). You may serve these tasty tomatoes as an appetizer or as a side dish to your grilled meat. Once ready, let stand for 5 minutes and serve still warm!e ready, let stand for 5 minutes and serve still warm!