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September 26, 2014

Family Day – A Day to Eat Together at the Table


Sunday is the eighth anniversary of Family Day, a day when families are encouraged to spend time together, especially around the dinner table.  Family is very important to me, and I encourage all of you to celebrate this special day and either cook together, eat together (or both) and most importantly be together.  Below are some suggested recipes that I love making for my family that will hopefully inspire you to do something with yours.

 

FAMILY GNOCCHI MAKING:

Cheese Gnocchi

I love potato gnocchi, and I had all of my grandchildren in the kitchen with me at young ages to help with the shaping of the gnocchi.  The ricotta gnocchi are quicker to make as there are no potatoes to cook and also good for starch-conscious eater.  The sauce can be just the cheese, but you can drizzle on some tomato sauce or pesto if you like.  This recipe can be found by clicking on the link or in  Lidia’s Common Sense Cookbook. (Alfred A Knopf, 2013)

 

FOR THE PASTA LOVERS WITH LITTLE TIME:

For those who love their pasta but have a busy Sunday schedule this year, the Olive Oil and Rosemary Spaghettini is a super quick and flavorful dish.  Serve with a salad, and you have a perfect excuse to gather the family around the table. This recipe can be found by clicking on the link or in  Lidia’s Common Sense Cookbook. (Alfred A Knopf, 2013)

  

 FOR THOSE WHO LOVE STEAK NIGHT:

 My London Broil Steak with Sun-Dried Tomatoes Marinade is tender and flavorful and uses an inexpensive cut of steak if you have a big family gathering.  This recipe can be found by clicking on the link or in  Lidia’s Common Sense Cookbook. (Alfred A Knopf, 2013)

 

 FOR THE GRANDPARENTS:

 If you have a little extra time on your hands this day, show your grandkids lots of love with a dish that takes a little extra time but goes a long way. Pasticciata alla Bolognese  (This recipe can be found by clicking on the link or in Lidia’s Family Table (Alfred A Knopf, 2004)

September 18, 2014

Getting Ready for Fall: Apples


I love getting ready for apple season, and this delicious cake was passed down from my  Nonna Rosa.  I still enjoy making it with my grandchildren during this time of year. Grandma Rosa’s Apple Cake found in Lidia’s Common Sense Cookbook ( Alfred A Knopf, 2013).Lidia Bastianich

September 10, 2014

88th Feast of San Gennaro


Zeppole

On Thursday the 88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro begins in NYC. It is the longest running festival which will take place for 11 days. It begins on Thursday September 11 and runs through September 21. For those who are in the NYC area be sure to explore this feast, for those who are not in that area you can bring that experience into your home by making zeppole found in Lidia’s Italy in America Cookbook (Alfred A.Knopf, 2011) or sausage and peppers found in Lidia’s Favorite Recipes Cookbook ( Alfred A Knopf 2012). This always reminds me of a great feast. Enjoy!

September 4, 2014

In and around Trentino-Alto Adige


Trento is famous as the setting for the Council of Trent (1545-1563), which gave rise to the Counter-Reformation. There are many places to visit, but my favorite is the Castello di Buonconsiglio, which overlooks the city. Inside, the frescoes of the Labors of the Month give an accurate portrayal of medieval life, highlighting everyday activities. If you enjoy these cultural tidbits, there is more information in Tanya’s Tours at the end of each chapter in my cookbooks Lidia’s Italy (Alfred A Knopf 2007) and Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy (Alfred A Knopf 2009) available at www.lidiasitaly.com.

Trentino Alto Adige (24)

 

August 29, 2014

More Herbs Less Salt Day


fresh herbs

herb frittata

“In celebration of National More Herbs Less Salt Day try this tasty “Herb Frittata

August 25, 2014

Labor Day Picnic Idea


Tomato and Ricotta Crostini (4)

Use juicy end of summer ripe tomatoes to make these delicious Tomato and Ricotta Crostini for your upcoming Labor BBQ. You can grill the bread as opposed to using an oven as well. Enjoy!

 

August 18, 2014

Getting Ready for the Grape Harvest


Grapes 2-Winery

Over the past few weeks I spent at the Bastianich winery, I saw the grapes growing and checked on them often. I am so excited and realize it is almost harvest time in Collio Friuli, land of great Wine and food.

 

August 11, 2014

Trieste


Back Camera

This is the time of year when I travel through Friuli Venezia Giulia in the northeast corner of Italy. Trieste is always on my list of places to visit but so are the Colli Orientali where we have our vineyard.  This is my second home. 

August 4, 2014

Sweet Figs


Figs 8-2014

Tanya sent me this photo of a beautiful ripe fig from Southern Italy, and it brings me right back to my childhood.  These gifts of sweetness were the perfect desserts in the late summer. They are also delicious with seasonal corn like you find in this  Grilled Corn and Figs with Balsamic Reduction recipe. This recipe can be found by clicking on the link or in Lidia’s Family Table Cookbook (Knopf, 2004).

July 30, 2014

Arugula


Arugula

Arugula is ready in my garden, and I just love this peppery green.  I tend to enjoy it as a simple salad made with shavings of Grana Padano, mushrooms and tossed with olive oil and vinegar.  It’s perfect as an accompaniment to a delicious grilled steak. That says SUMMER!

 

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