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Risotto

This classic Italian dish is very easy to prepare at home, and very versatile.  You can add anything you like to your basic risotto.  My favorite additions are crab meat, frozen peas and lemon zest, and sautéed mushrooms, but really your imagination is the limit here. You will need: 1.5 cup Arborio rice 3/4 cups dry white … Continue reading

Spaghetti with garlic and olive oil

This is a really flavorful and simple pasta recipe.  Perfect for a weeknight dinner.  You can find the original recipe here. You will need: 1 lb spaghetti 1/3 cup olive oil 8 cloves garlic, sliced 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes some chopped parsley Parmesan cheese salt and pepper Directions: Cook pasta according to package directions. … Continue reading

Fettuccine alfredo

This is an italian classic. You will need: 12 oz dried fettuccine pasta 2 tbsp unsalted butter 1.5 cups heavy cream 1 cup grated parmesan cheese 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley salt and pepper The recipe: Cook fettuccine according to package directions.  Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large pot.  Add cream, cheese, salt and … Continue reading

Caprese salad

This is my favorite salad.  It can cost $10 and up in any italian restaurant, but extremely easy to make at home for pennies.  The salad is especially good in summer when eggplants and tomatoes are in season. You will need: 1 large eggplant, cut into circles 2 medium round tomatoes, not over-ripe mozzarella cheese, … Continue reading