Roasted carrots with balsamic and arugula pesto is an healthy vegetarian salad. I love the sweet taste of the carrots glazed with balsamic vinegar paired the bitter of arugula. To obtain a perfect balance between these strong flavors a very good quality balsamic vinegar is mandatory, otherwise the taste will be too sour!
Pan roasted rabbit is a great Easter recipe. The rabbit is quickly seared until crispy, then braised slowly with white wine, shallots and green olives. This pan roasted rabbit is very good just cooked, but even more delicious re-hated the day after. For this reason this is a perfect dish to prepare in advance!
Roasted potatoes with butter and herbs is an easy and tasty side. Its pair perfectly with seared tuna or salmon, meats or eggs. The secret to obtain perfect roasted potatoes is poach them into boiling water a couple of mins before baking to eliminate the starch on the surface of the potatoes. The result will be a crispy crust!
Mushrooms cheese crostini is a simple recipe, so quick and tasty! I prepare this rich in flavor recipe as appetizer for dinners or parties. Yesterday I prepared these crostini with Ciabatta bread, Italian Fontina cheese and Shiitake mushrooms, but they are great with different mushrooms, and cheese, and bread as well!
November: it’s time for “caldarroste”! Wait a minute, what does it means “caldarroste”?! Well, “caldarroste” is the name of the Italian roasted chestnuts. Oh men! The roasted chestnuts recipe is one of things that most remind me of the Italian winters! When winter comes, in many places around the Mediterranean basin, from Portugal to Turkey, the hawkers set their large braziers around the edges of the squares, and they roast a huge quantity of chestnuts. In Italy, traditionally we use to eat chestnuts as a sneak in the Sunday afternoon, wandering through the streets of the city centre, or around the table with our friends, drinking a glass of “vino novello” on vacation time.
My foodie travel in Beijing cuisine – Beijing is a city that constantly transforms. Every year it changes; the streets, as well as the kitchens. But Beijing is also the custodian of immutable traditions: take a ride with me through the narrow streets of the Chinese capital, and experience the ancient delicious recipes and the street food stands.
A couple of days ago dining with my wife Caterina, we were talking about Italian fried peppers, a delicious traditional dish served cold, and dressed with oil and vinegar, as in the south of Italy its’s used to prepare. Yesterday morning wandering around the aisles of my preferred grocery, I saw a box of Sweet mini peppers in plain sight, and I thought about the previous day chat with Caterina. I bought them right away and I quickly reach my kitchen to give vent to my cravings! I prepared the sweet mini peppers with basil, garlic and balsamic vinegar, then I let them rest covered overnight in the fridge. The pan fried sweet mini peppers are perfect to be tasted with bread crostini, but next to roasted sausages or with a delicious slice of aged Pecorino cheese and cured meats as well.
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Today I propose a healthy, tasty, and very versatile cauliflower dip. It’s delicious with croutons and chips, and perfect to seasoning pasta or aside grilled meat! The ingredients are few and very simple; It will be a success!
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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!
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!