Italian Cuisine, Recipes, and Cookbooks
For example lasagna made in the north of Italy is very different from the one made in the south. Famous Italian recipes are for pasta, pizza, seafood, poultry, meat and vegetable dishes. Desserts are also very famous. You will find more seafood dishes coming from the coastal areas of Italy such as Naples, Venice, Genova, etc. Piedmont is famous for his meats (often eaten raw) and truffles. Tuscany is also famous for meat and game as well as caciucco (seafood stew) from Livorno. We have selected links to many Italian recipes from Italian and worldwide sources.
An Italian meal
Antipasto never played an important part in Italian eating. Not long ago it consisted of only a few slices of prosciutto or salame, and these are still the favorites. Antipasto is meant only to whet the appetite, so do not make too much. For most people in Italy the first course is the most important, and pasta is the favorite food. Although most people prefer the simplest treatment - olive oil and garlic with fresh raw tomato and basil or a dressing of butter melted with sage leaves, sprinkled with freshly grated black pepper and parmigiano reggiano - the versatility of pasta is extraordinary. Risotto, gnocchi and other rice dishes are also versatile. Soups can be a meal in themselves or light and delicate.
Cheese is served at the end of the meal in northern Italy, especially in Piedmont, but not usually in the south. At home, dessert is generally fruit, sweets being reserved for special and festive occasions. After fruit or dessert, strong black coffee from a high or after dinner roast may be served in small cups, and perhaps followed with brandy or grappa, an amaro (bitter), anise-flavored sambuca or a sweet wine such as vin santo, accompanied by pastries or biscotti with almonds.
Black Bean Lasagna(Garth Brook's Favorite!)
I figured if Garth and Trisha liked it, it must be good. And I was right! Rich without being too rich. I have taken the liberty of adding more veggies and listed them as optional. If you like, you can sub mushrooms or veggie crumbles instead of the beans(or even meat). I tweaked just a little for more flavor. Enjoy!
Created: Mar 10, 2014 4:24:30 PM
Orzo Artichoke Pasta Salad
It's great both hot AND cold. If you're taking it on a springtime picnic, family reunion, or tailgating, it's a great choice because there's no mayo in there to spoil. You could easily turn this into a complete meal salad with the addition of cooked meat or beans(I like edamame). The flavors are light and bright and sunny and even though its filling, you won't feel weighed down. From Menu Musings.
Created: Mar 10, 2014 2:50:38 PM
Grilled Chicken Breast With Carmalized Tomato Compote
Italian seasoned grilled chicken breast topped with a tomato compote
Created: Mar 10, 2014 2:17:20 PM
From Cooking Light April 2009.
Created: Mar 8, 2014 4:54:46 PM
Almost Instant Italian Wedding Soup
Easy as pie, healthy and low fat - and delicious. Who could ask for anything more?
Created: Mar 8, 2014 12:37:28 PM
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