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!
Sauteed chayote squash is a recent acquisition in my cookbook. I must admit it: I didn’t cook this vegetable until last Christmas. I have to say thanks to my mother in law Patrizia for buying a few chayote to cook together with the family! Chayote is a very versatile ingredient: it’s delicious both raw into salads or tartare, and cooked fast and crispy. Today I propose a tasty side, perfect together with fish or meats, but savory to eat as appetizer too!
Red lentils dal recalls me my first trip in Asia. It was July 1999, and in that time I used to live for travelling. The fist region I visited was North India. I was vegetarian, and on shoestring, so between me and any kind of dal was love at first sight!
Preparing red lentils dal is very simple, but is mandatory pay very attention to the spices, they must be of first quality. Cooking with vegetable oil instead ghee, makes this recipe a good source of protein for vegan diet.
Sauteed dandelion greens is a very important ingredient of Roman cuisine. For centuries the most poor Roman familys, use to harvest wild dandelion greens aside the suburbs streets of the Italian capital, and cook them with simple ingredients. The farmers use to bring sauteed dandelion greens with them eating this vegetables as lunch along with simple homemade bread. This vegetable is both tasty and healthy! I love cook dandelion greens in many ways, but today I propose the most traditional way to cook the dandelion. The chili pepper pairs perfectly with the amazing bitter taste of these greens! Serve the dandelion as a tasty salad, or aside cheeses, eggs or roasted meats.
Bresaola salad is a great Italian cured meat. It is perfect combined with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and baby arugula. When I desire serving a quick and easy dish, that recalls my own county, this recipe is my choice. Try the bresaola on also with olives, truffles or Asiago cheese, it is delicious!
Sauteed artichokes with bacon is a quick and tasty appetizer! They are perfect combined with mint and pork meat, just remember to choose very tender artichokes!
Today I propose a simple and tasty recipe, perfect for family gatherings. The sausage cheese crostini are a “must” of the Tuscan tradition. The best cheese to make this great appetizer is the Stracchino, one of the most creamy and flavorful Italian cheese. I suggest to prepare these crostini just before serving: In a few minutes you’ll have an amazing starter!
Today I propose you a savory and healthy green beans salad, perfect for a quick lunch, but full of energy; Ideal for a lunchbox at work or a picnic! Tofu marinated with soy sauce in contrast with the sweetness of green beans and almonds, will give a unique flavor to this simple and tasty salad. A tip: use a soy sauce with low sodium content, otherwise you risk to oversalt the tofu!
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The cherry tomatoes spaghetti are almost a miracle, perfect for summer meals. This quick and easy recipe is a pillar of the Italian cuisine, created to exalt the few ingredients that make it up. For this reason, pasta, olive oil, basil, and tomatoes must be of the highest quality! The cherry tomatoes must be cooked fast and energetic. When cooked, the tomatoes have to be soft and warm, but conserving the taste of fresh tomatoes. Jack Bourdain once said that he could not bear those who underestimate a good dish of cherry tomatoes spaghetti, and I fully agree;-) .
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The Guacamole is probably the most known Mexican recipe. The origin of this sauce is very ancient, and over the centuries has undergone many changes, and stimulated the creation of many variations starting from the original recipe. Today I propose you a version that provide for tomatillo instead of fresh tomatoes, as a very ancient Guacamole’s version requires. The sour taste of the tomatillo gives a surprising note, preserving the original flavor of the avocado. Try it on yourself, you’ll obtain a tasty and original Guacamole in a short time and little effort!
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