Death by Tiramisu
See what’s for dinner tonight in Frascati, Italy
New family favorite–lemon pie with whipped cream. We made a graham cracker crust out of crumbled graham crackers plus melted butter, and pressed that into a pie dish. We cooked that at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes. Then we mixed lemon juice, greek yogurt and sweetened condensed milk. We placed that in the cooled pie crust and baked at 350 for 15 minutes. We made homemade whipped cream and viola!
This is my new favorite standard! I boil 2 cartons of coconut milk, 2 quarts of water with vegetable broth, and I add several tablespoons of curry powder. I throw in tons of chopped veggies such as carrots, broccoli, kale, zucchini. I brown up chicken and garlic and throw them in the pot. I cook that for about an hour and ladle it on top of brown rice. Top it with fresh chopped basil.
It is test week at our kids’ high school and so stress is high. As a little treat I made lamb chops–coltello d’abbacchio, and mashed potatoes. Add a whole tray of roasted Brussel sprouts, open a bottle of wine (for the adults), and pull out some chocolate at the end of dinner. Let everyone compete for the worst story about school, and remember to laugh.
Cook spaghetti. Meanwhile, grate huge block of fresh parmesan. Beat 3 eggs, and brown chopped pancetta. When you strain the pasta, leave 1 cup or so of the hot water. Use this to mix the other ingredients. Toss all together, adding salt and pepper. This is the quintessential guy-meal. When Jacob goes out to restaurants with friends, all the guys order the exact same thing–pasta carbonara!
Tuscan White Bean Soup
Dry beans cook for 1 hour. Then add chopped onion, carrots, kale, roma tomatoes, rosemary and other seasonings. Cook for one more hour. Wonderful with fresh Italian bread!
Grilled Sausage with Artichokes
Artichokes cooked the Italian way involve cutting off all the hard parts of the artichoke until it is just a few leaves and the heart. Then you place them in 2 inches of boiling water and with a few herbs. Labor intensive but delicious!
You just cannot beat the local sausage. Sear it and then continue covered on low for a long time to make sure it is thoroughly cooked. Then to make artichokes alla Romana, put garlic, mint, olive oil and lemon juice in a pot, put cleaned and trimmed artichokes in the pot, cover and steam until very soft.
Chicken cacciatore with peppers, mushrooms, olives, red pepper flakes and tomatoes. I added sizzled pancetta. Grilled broccoli, mashed potatoes, and pasta.
2 kilos of fresh mussels with a sauce of garlic, Frascati white wine, chopped local tomatoes, onion and lemon juice. With a loaf of fresh bread straight from the bakery, we were in heaven.
Thick, 2 inch steaks, with just rosemary, salt and pepper, seared on both sides. Served with sauteed chicory from the farmers’ market, and roasted potatoes.