In Italy rice is a serious matter. In the regions between Milan and Venice, was born one of the most classic Italian dishes, the” risotto”. The rice is cooked slowly into vegetable or meat broth, then mixed with butter, cheese and other ingredients, depending on the recipe. Today I recommend you a “risotto”cooked into milk, with Provolone cheese and walnuts. It is one of my favorite rice recipes and perhaps the first risotto that I remember to have eaten! Pay attention about the compactness of the rice when the “risotto” is ready , which must be creamy without being watery.
The almond cookies are “a must” of the Sicilian culinary tradition. They are prepared with the Almond paste, called “pasta reale” in Sicily (King’s paste). The legend wants that the recipe was created in the XII century in the convent of the “Martorana” in Palermo and that his name is due to his goodness (worthy of a King!). These delicious cookies are as good as easy to do! Accompany them with a good tea, coffee or a glass of Marsala, the typical Sicilian sweet wine.
Sometimes, when only a few ingredients remain into the fridge and there isn’t time to go to the grocery, arise very tasty dishes that win over with their simplicity. This happened in my kitchen, yesterday at lunch; Opening the refrigerator, among the few things left, a beautiful cauliflower catches my attention. How can prepare it? I wondered. After thinking about it a bit ‘ I go for a quick steaming. When the cauliflower was steamed, I let it cool for a few time; Meanwhile I do wonder how accompany him. Into the drawer of the cheeses I see a beautiful slice of feta cheese; Its slightly sour taste fits perfectly with the cauliflower. I reduced the cheese into cubes, stirred it with sprigs of cauliflower seasoning with olive oil, a pinch of salt and a generous sprinkle of black pepper, Et voilà, my cauliflower salad for a tasty and healthy lunch was ready!
The “carbonara” is a very popular recipe in Italy: Spaghetti or rigatoni seasoned with a soft egg cream thickened by the heat of the pasta, and diced fried bacon or guanciale. Yesterday, I “orientalise” the carbonara, preparing a couscous with the same egg cream, flavored with delicious diced zucchini. The result was excellent, here’s the recipe!
The Florentine steak (called Bistecca alla Fiorentina or simply La Bistecca) is a serious matter in Florence, no jokes with the Ciccia (meat in Florentine slang)! The Tuscan cuisine has plenty of delicious dishes, but if you must choose only one of them, as your last meal, opt for La Bistecca!
The Italian cuisine is famous thanks to several cooks whose name has been lost over the centuries; the author of the recipe of Luciana octopus stew (in Italian: “polpo alla Luciana”) is one of them. For the uninitiated, I must clarify one thing: the author of this recipe is not named Luciana! Who invented this tasty recipe is unknown, but the place where it was created is well-known. The Luciana octopus is so named because of the ancient fishing district of Santa Lucia, in Naples. On the sea in front of Santa Lucia the octopuses were caught dipping terracotta amphorae into the water, among the rocks overnight, then were simmered with tomatoes and Gaeta olives in a crock pot covered and wrapped in a wet cloth. The Luciana octopus is served with croutons but, to make a complete Italian meal, is common season spaghetti with the sauce of the octopus as first course and serve the octopus as second course.
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!
Today place into the dish a lot of Italian tradition seasoned with a delicious red wine sauce!
The bucatini pasta is a traditional kind of spaghetti thicker than normal with a small hole into the center. A classic recipe with bucatini is Amatriciana: tomato sauce and guanciale. Do you know what the guanciale is? It is a cured meat very famous in Italy but still little known and exported abroad, but recently it’s starting to appear on the delicatessen counters worldwide.
Today I suggest you a classic of Italian tradition: the “bucatini ubriachi” (drunken spaghetti). In this recipe, the wine will be poured almost all into the pan, so the quality of the wine must be very high! To finish the sauce, flavor it with diced guanciale (or pancetta if guanciale is not avaiable) and a generous sprinkling of ricotta salata and black pepper.
Strudel is a typical Austrian sweet of Byzantine origin. In Italy is typical in the regions neighboring Austria, especially in Trentino South Tyrol. The original strudel ingredients are apples, raisin and pine nuts, wrapped into a thin pastry dusted with powdered sugar. Today I propose you an original version of strudel, stuffed with pears, chocolate, pine nuts and caramel. Even the dough is made of cocoa to obtain an explosion of flavor!
The Paccheri are a kind of macaroni typical of Naples: If you’ve never tried them, I recommend you do it as soon as possible! The large size and thickness of this pasta call a rich and intense sauce: to prepare this, today I bring you a ride from Naples to Rome, relishing my Paccheri with ingredients that wink to the Italian capital city. The Paccheri are a delight for those who love the taste of pasta, which is very persistent in every bite. To counter the “bullying” of the Paccheri, I suggest you a tasty “big shots” dressing with fresh pork belly, artichokes and pecorino romano cheese.