Pappardelle noodles tossed in a creamy ricotta sauce with Swiss chard and salty Parmesan. When I don’t know what to make for dinner I turn to pasta dishes like this with a few simple ingredients and minimal prep and cooking time. Even though the ingredients seem simple, altogether they are something special.
One would think growing up in an Italian-American family that the cassata cake would of graced our dessert table as often as the dear cannoli, but it did not. I can’t recall one time ever eating it and wasn’t even sure what it was…a sad tale to tell that’s entirely true. I know now that it is typically made with a sponge cake, filled with… [Read more]
This is a fast and delicious recipe for penne dressed up in a zingy lemon ricotta sauce and tossed with smoky yellow squash. It requires minimal ingredients and with fast chopping skills can be on the table in a half hour or less. Squash slices are quickly cooked under the broiler while the pasta cooks and the sauce is whisked together using ricotta, lemon zest… [Read more]
Ravioli Gnudi are ravioli without the wrapper. Just the filling is used. Gnudi is Italian for nude. These are also called malfatti which is Italian for ‘badly made’ and may be a reference to filling that falls out of the ravioli wrapper when cooked.The Gnudi are made by combining spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, eggs, nutmeg and a little bit of flour to hold them together. The… [Read more]
Something Borrowed, Something Blue…Blogger Secret Ingredient Heather of girlichef has passed the BSI (Blogger Secret Ingredient) torch on to me this week. I’m excited because this couldn’t have come at a better time. My favorite fruit is in season right now! Something borrowed something blue. . . berries! Sweet, plump, juicy blueberries. The super fruit. I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all… [Read more]