The Daily Bread

Salsa Verde

Salsa Verde

May 01, 2020

Salsa verde, a very typical condiment in Italian cuisine, is a perfect accompaniment to LESSO or BOLLITO which is simply meat that has been boiled. Mainly prepared with flat leaf parsley, capers, eggs (we substituted with pine nuts), bread and anchovies, and drizzled with good olive oil, this vibrant sauce will add an extra kick to so many dishes.  Salsa verde will perfectly bring fish to a totally new level, as well as tossed in pasta, spread over crostini, and a perfect and delicious base for a sandwich.  Let's get started!
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Pork Wellington

Pork Wellington

April 29, 2020

Pork Wellington with our personal twist on today's menu.  Simple, delicious and put together in no time at all.  What a pleasant surprise and treasure we found when looking through the freezer. A package of frozen sheets of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry, as well as a small pork tenderloin.  Why not make an elegant and delicious Pork Wellington with ingredients present in the kitchen?  Neither mushrooms or Prosciutto Crudo available, but cooking is in art and one is free be creative and substitute with ingredients at hand.  Substitute pork with chicken or veal, and voilà, a mouthwatering dish with a stunning presentation is ready in no time at alI.  This simple dish will most certainly become a favorite in any kitchen. 
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Cavatelli

Cavatelli

April 24, 2020

Cavatelli are a traditional Southern Italian pasta shape typical to the regions of Molise and Puglia.  Pasta Fatta in Casa, or homemade pasta is simply prepared with farina di semola rimacinata - twice milled durum wheat, best known in the US as semolina flour, water and a little salt.  Each tiny morsel of pure goodness is quickly shaped by hand.  So easy and satisfying to prepare around the kitchen table with lots of helpers, and delicious to eat served with a variety of sauces.  
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Plum Galette with Puff Pastry

Plum Galette with Puff Pastry

April 22, 2020

Plum Galette baked in Puff Pastry makes a gorgeous dessert sure to impress any guest.  Thinly sliced plums elegantly fanned out and placed over a delicious cream cheese spread, are then wrapped in puff pastry, creating a mouthwatering and beautiful dessert easily prepared in no time at all.  
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Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

April 15, 2020

Lentil Soup is definitely a classic dish in our home.  As a staple in Italian cuisine, and of the Cucina Povera, (poor man's food or peasant food) - lentils are not only a delicious legume, but also rich in fiber, protein and a good source of iron.  These very small legumes can easily be kept in the pantry and then be transformed into either a delicious soup, side dish, cold salad or even into small, fried patties.  With just a few ingredients these small lentils are quickly made into a perfect comfort dish.  
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Teighan's Crinkle Top Brownies

Teighan's Crinkle Top Brownies

April 10, 2020

Here is an incredibly decadent brownie recipe which we discovered from Teighan, a very creative foodie and author of several cookbooks.  After discovering the Brownies by Teighan - Half Baked Harvest, we could not wait to put them to the test in our oven.  It is a simple, quick and absolutely finger-licking good recipe!  As we love to cook and bake just about everything in our outdoor ovens, it is no surprise that we decided to give these brownies a try.  Total success!  
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Fried Polenta Pizzette

Fried Polenta Pizzette

April 03, 2020

Polenta is one of those classic, much loved northern Italian dishes that can be prepared in so many different ways.  When served as a PRIMO, polenta is delicious mixed with cheeses, ai 4 formaggi, or topped with a hardy mushroom medly, or a rich meat sauce.  Yet another delicious way is once cooled, leftover polenta can be fried, and then served alone or with delicious toppings. Today it will be Pizzette di Polenta fritta.
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Tarallucci

Tarallucci

April 01, 2020

Tarallucci are an irresistible southern Italian snack that is incredibly easy to make at home, and a fun family affair when working together in the kitchen.  Everyone can help and the result is a delicious, light, crunchy cracker simply made with flour, olive oil, white wine, and spices or herbs of personal choosing. Certainly a great addition to an antipasto, a charcuterie board or simply as a cracker.  
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Riso Casimir - Casimir Rice

Riso Casimir - Casimir Rice

March 25, 2020

Riso Casimir, a deliciously creamy and slightly sweet curried dish, was introduced to Switzerland in the 1950s as an exotic dish.  Curried chicken is served over a bed of rice accompanied by a variety of fruits and nuts.  Everything is topped off by caramelized bananas.  Growing up, Riso Casimir was always such a loved dish in our home, as my mom prepared it for us on very special occasions.  Today the tradition continues as my kids love it as well and ask for this dish on special occasions.  Let's get started!
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Fagioli con Salsiccia - Beans and Sausage

Fagioli con Salsiccia - Beans and Sausage

March 20, 2020

Salsiccia e Fagioli is a most wonderful, rustic Italian dish full of intense flavor.  Born in the cucina povera, a peasant dish, these fagioli are typical to Tuscan cuisine, but more specifically a staple in Florence.  In fact, can't think of a single Fiorentino who does not love to pull up a chair to a table inside a Trattoria, or better yet at home, sitting around the kitchen table, enjoying a piping hot plate filled with Fagioli all'Uccelletto and salsiccia.  Generously drizzled with good extra virgin olive oil, and topped with roasted Tuscan sausages, this dish becomes true comfort food not only for the colder winter months, but also a perfect and timeless dish at any time of the year.  Let's get started!  
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Fagioli all'Uccelletto

Fagioli all'Uccelletto

March 18, 2020

Fagioli all'Uccelletto is definitely one of the most classic, timeless Italian dishes that depicts the delicious, traditional Tuscan cuisine.  Commonly served as a side dish to meats such as Bistecca alla Fiorentina, or sausage grilled on hot coals, these legumes are also a perfect vegetarian choice when simply served alone, or on a slice of toasted tuscan bread drizzled generously with excellent olive oil. As a healthy source of protein, this inexpensive legume will be a perfect choice when accompanied to a great variety of dishes.  Let's get started!

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Torta della Nonna

Torta della Nonna

March 13, 2020

Torta della Nonna is one of the most simple yet scrumptious, classic Tuscan desserts, famous for its creamy custard filling.  Enclosed by a thin layer of pastry dough called Pasta Frolla, this delicious dessert is topped with pine nuts and finally dusted by a light layer of powdered sugar.  Let's get started!
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