Posts tagged italian
Ricotta Gnocchi with Tomato, Goat Cheese & Basil

Gnocchi are the Italian equivalent of Chinese dumplings. Potato gnocchi, dollops of starchy belly filling goodness, take a bit of practice and elbow grease. Ricotta gnocchi on the other hand, are perfect for the gnocchi novice and make delightfully, light, and fluffy cheese pillows. The goat cheese tomato sauce adds a bit of tang and heavenly creaminess to the finished dish. Serve alongside a perfectly roasted chicken and simple plate of lightly dressed greens for a decadent, prepared in under an hour, soul satisfying, Italian-inspired weeknight dinner. 

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Tuscan Steak with Parmesan Butter, Vincotto & Arugula

Visiting Tuscany teases all of the senses. Rolling hills dotted with miles of sunflower fields, solitary cypress trees, centuries old farmhouses, vineyards, and olive groves seem to jump from the paintings of Renaissance masterpieces. Sun-drenched rustic charm is as true of its landscapes as it is of its people. Tuscan steak, known as Bistecca alla Fiorentina to the locals, is one of the most popular dishes in the region.

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Mamma Mia Lasagna

Lasagna tends to land in one of two categories: the cheap, flavorless potluck dinner kind in which the corners of the pasta are dry, the meat bland ,the sauce straight from a can, and hurriedly assembled. The other is the Italian grandmother kind. This lasagna takes times, but the effort pays off and it can be made 24 hours in advance up to the point it is ready to go in the oven. This is the spoil your taste buds silly lasagna, with rich complex flavor that comes straight from mamma's kitchen. Add more or less of the herbs according to taste. At the end of the day, this lasagna is best when you own it. Make when you are willing to leisurely assemble the ingredients with love--it won't last long on the supper table. 

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