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Saturday
Dec052009

Baked Whole Fish in a Salt Crust and a Review of "Seafood alla Siciliana"

In the beginning of the new cookbook, Seafood alla Siciliana, author Toni Lydecker quotes Goethe:  "To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is not to have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything".   And you'll certainly feel this way after reading this beautiful book.  When the publisher contacted me and sent me a copy, I couldn't wait to read it - after all, this is where my mother was from.  This is not just a collection of recipes but an in depth look at Sicily itself - its history, its food, its wine, its culture.  

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Friday
Nov272009

Daring Bakers - Cannoli

The November 2009 Daring Bakers Challenge was chosen and hosted by Lisa Michele of Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives. She chose the Italian Pastry, Cannolo (Cannoli is plural), using the cookbooks Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and The Sopranos Family Cookbook by Allen Rucker; recipes by Michelle Scicolone, as ingredient/direction guides. She added her own modifications/changes, so the recipe is not 100% verbatim from either book.

I almost thought there was no Daring Bakers Challenge this month.  When I checked the site to see what the November challenge was, it said "Sorry all, we're not baking this month".  But that is because the challenge is cannoli.  Cannoli is an Italian dessert that is made of fried dough, formed into tubes, and filled with sweetened ricotta cheese.  So no, we are not baking, but we're still making a great dessert.

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Friday
Nov202009

Chestnut Soup, Thomas Keller Croutons and a Thanksgiving Video

 

Do you ever look at chestnuts at this time of year and wonder what to do with them besides add them to stuffing?  When I was a kid we used to simply roast them over the fire and they were fun to eat.  A couple of years ago, Brian and I were at a dinner party and the hostess served a first course of this soup.  No one could guess what it was and it was absolutely delicious.  This soup is not a beautiful soup to look at, but I guarantee you will be amazed at how delicious it is. It would be a great first course at your Thanksgiving dinner. I topped the soup with croutons that I made using the method out of Thomas Keller's new book, Ad Hoc at Home. These are the croutons they make at the restaurant and they are intense - garlicky, oily, and crunchy, a perfect topping for the soup.

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