Category Archives: italian

Olive Oil Cake

This is from “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking”. Olive Oil Cake (serves 6-10): 2 eggs 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar the zest of 1 lemon pinch salt 1/3 cup Marsala wine 1/3 cup milk 3/4 cup extra virgin olive … Continue reading

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Pesto Shrimp Lasagna

Pesto Shrimp Lasagna (serves 10): homemade pasta made with 3 1/3 cups flour and 6 eggs, cooked (see here) Ricotta Pesto: 2 cups basil 1/2 cup olive oil 4 tbsp pine nuts or almonds 2 cloves garlic salt to taste … Continue reading

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Lasagna Bolognese

I made this for a potluck and a friend commented on how meaty it tasted. The secret is that I had made a stock out of beef bones in the slow cooker, and used some of that in the recipe. … Continue reading

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Napoletana Pizza Dough and More Pizzas

I bought a pizza stone and “American Pie” by Peter Reinhart. Here is the basic Napoletana dough recipe, followed by a long list of topping combinations I’ve tried. Napoletana Pizza Dough (6 dough balls): 5 cups all-purpose flour 1 3/4 … Continue reading

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Garlic Scape Pesto and Pasta with Arugula and Gorgonzola

I made steaks for Mr. TandooriTaco’s birthday dinner. I made garlic scape pesto¬†as a sauce for them. It is brilliant on steaks. I used the rest later for a very pungent gnocchi sauce. Arugula, Cherry Tomato, and Gorgonzola Pasta: 1 … Continue reading

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Cauliflower and Olive Salad

Make this the day before or in the morning if you can. Cauliflower and Olive Salad (serves 4-6): 1 head of cauliflower, steamed or roasted until tender but not mushy 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced 1/4 cup oil-cured olives, pitted … Continue reading

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Gnocchi and a very addictive shrimp dish

Goat cheese and chive gnocchi: This was pretty heavy, but absolutely delicious. The idea of subbing out goat cheese for ricotta is brilliant. Roman egg drop soup: I love the simplicity of egg drop soup and was quite happy to … Continue reading

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