Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue Cheese Fondue This recipe includes a tiny bit of cornstarch to prevent the cheese from clumping up and separating from the wine. Ingredients – 1 clove garlic, cut in half. – 2 cups dry white wine. – 2 teaspoons cornstarch. – ½ pound Swiss Emmentaler cheese, coarsely shredded. – ½ pound Swiss Gruyère cheese, coarsely shredded. – Salt. – Pepper. – Tiny pinch of ground or freshly grated nutmeg. – 2 crusty baguettes, cut in half lengthwise (or into quarters if especially thick) and then into bite-size pieces.…

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Stuffed Pasta in Broth/Tortellini in Brodo

Stuffed Pasta in Broth/Tortellini in BrodoTortellini can be stuffed with meat, cheese, or even some types of vegetables such as spinach or mushrooms. Any kind of filling will work for this dish. Ingredients –        2 14½-oz. cans vegetable broth –        9 oz. fresh or frozen tortellini –        ¼ c. chopped fresh parsley –        ½ c. grated Parmesan cheese –        Pepper to taste. Instructions Step 1: Bring the broth to a boil over high heat. Add the tortellini and lower heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 7 minutes, or…

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Rice and Pea Risotto/Risi e Bisi

Rice and Pea Risotto/Risi e BisiRisi e bisi is a mouth-watering combination of creamy rice and bright spring peas. Ingredients –        6 tbsp. unsalted butter –        ¾ c. finely chopped onion –        1½ c. rice, uncooked –        4½ c. chicken broth, heated –        2 c. fresh peas or 1 10-oz. package frozen peas, thawed –        Salt and pepper to taste –        1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley –        ½ c. grated Parmesan cheese. Instructions Step 1: Heat 4 tbsp. of the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. When…

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Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross BunsMany Italians enjoy hot cross buns on Good Friday and over Easter weekend, but they make a good treat any time of the year. Ingredients Dough: –        1 package refrigerated crescent rolls –        1/3 c. raisins –        1/4 tsp. grated lemon peel or orange peel (optional). Icing ingredients: –        1/4 c. powdered sugar –        1½ tsp. milk –        ¼ tsp. vanilla extract. Instructions Step 1: Preheat oven to 375°F. Step 2: Remove dough according to directions on package. Separate rolls into 8 triangles. 3. In a small bowl,…

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Biscuit Tortoni

Biscuit TortoniFirst created in southern Italy, tortoni is a tasty chilled dessert that is ideal for hot weather. Ingredients –        ¾ c. chilled whipping cream –        3 tbsp. sugar –        ½ c. almond macaroon cookie crumbs –        1 tsp. almond extract –        2 tbsp. chopped maraschino cherries –        ¼ c. chopped toasted almonds (optional) Instructions Step 1: Line 6 muffin or custard cups with paper cupcake liners. Step 2: Beat whipping cream and sugar in a chilled bowl until stiff. Step 3: Set aside 2 tbsp. macaroon crumbs. Fold rest…

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Pizza

PizzaCooks put almost anything on pizza. Pizza Margherita, a popular variety in Italy, was first made in 1889 for Queen Margherita and King Umberto I. It is topped with the colors of the Italian flag: fresh red tomatoes, green basil leaves, and creamy white mozzarella. See for a few toppings that you might like to try on your pizza. Be creative and add your own favorites to the list. Ingredients –        1 envelope active dry yeast –        1 c. warm water –        ½ tsp. salt –        2 tbsp. olive or…

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Italian-Style Cauliflower/Cavolfiore Italiano

Italian-Style Cauliflower/Cavolfiore ItalianoWhen choosing fresh cauliflower, look for heads that are firm and very white, with crisp, green leaves. Avoid heads with brown spots or yellowish, wilted leaves. To store cauliflower for a couple of days, just cover the whole head with plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator. Ingredients –        1 head fresh cauliflower –        4 tbsp. butter or margarine –        1 small green pepper, cleaned out and sliced –        1/4 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced –        2 tbsp. all-purpose flour –        1 c. milk –        1 lb. mild…

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Chicken Hunter’s Style/ Pollo alla Cacciatore

Chicken Hunter’s Style/ Pollo alla CacciatoreSubstituting eggplant for chicken turns this into a delicious vegetarian entr e. Slice 2 medium eggplants lengthwise and lightly coat with olive oil. Place cut-side down on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven at 400 until tender and easy to pierce with a fork. Remove, cut into bite-sized chunks, and cover with sauce. Pollo alla cacciatore melanzane alla cacciatore! Ingredients –        1 2½- to 3-lb. chicken, cut into serving pieces –        ¼ c. butter; ½ tsp. basil –        2 tbsp. olive or vegetable…

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Italian-Style Pork Chops/ Costolette di Maiale Italiano

Italian-Style Pork Chops/ Costolette di Maiale ItalianoSpicy sausage can add a bit of zip to Italian-style pork chops. Ingredients –        4 pork chops, about 1 inch thick; salt and pepper to taste –        1 garlic clove, minced; 1½ tbsp. olive or vegetable oil –        ½ c. canned tomato sauce –        1 green pepper, cleaned out and cut into thin strips –        ¼ lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced, or 1 3-oz. can mushroom –        Pieces, drained; ¾ tsp. oregano –        ¼ c. tomato juice –        4 oz. hot Italian sausage (optional). Instructions…

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce/Spaghetti al Sugo

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce/Spaghetti al SugoGround beef can easily be omitted from spaghetti al sugo delicious vegetarian dish. Ingredients –        1 15-oz. can tomato sauce; 1 12-oz. can tomato paste –        2/3 c. water; 1 small onion, finely chopped –        1 clove garlic, minced; 1/4 c. sugar –        1 3-oz. can mushroom pieces and liquid –        1/2 tsp. nutmeg; 1 lb. lean ground beef –        1/2 c. tomato juice or water –        1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese –        8 oz. spaghetti noodles, uncooked. Instructions Step 1: Combine tomato sauce, tomato…

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