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  1. ambra

    Dinner 2020

    I hope you can eat it one day! If you are vegetable dependent like we are, it's a delicious alternative to minestrone. 😀 Since we moved, I've thought about making the bread at home, but it's just been easier to bring it back, also because we buy breads made from specific flours. There are actually a lot of things we like to bring back, but I won't bore you. P.S. your chicken looks perfect!
  2. ambra

    Dinner 2020

    A lot of deliciousness these days! Many compliments for all of your food! Happy belated @Shelby! This weekend I made Ribollita. The Tuscan vegetable and bread soup. It really looks terrible, in the bowl and in photos, but it's a favorite in my house. It’s basically minestrone enriched with more white beans and black kale. Stale Tuscan bread is then added. This dish is the reason I bring the bread back to Lombardy when I go to Tuscany. It’s not just about the no salt, but the consistency. You can’t use regular bread in it, it becomes gummy. After it is made, it is reboiled (hence the name) the next day. I'm still not out of my cooking funk. The most exciting thing I made (so not exciting at all) was an old-school spinach salad. In Italy, they sometimes talk about dated dishes. There are a few that come to mind, like Farfalle with Smoked Salmon or even Penne alla Vodka. Obviously, people still make what they like. And no one cares if a dish is out of style. 😀 This gets me thinking about American dishes that are old – at least dishes that I only ate back in the day, that my parents made. Today, for me, that dish was an old-school spinach salad with bacon, eggs, mushrooms and a warm dressing. I couldn’t remember how my mom did the dressing really -- (I feel like the eggs were part of the dressing?) so I just riffed off a few recipes I Googled. It was perfectly satisfying and brought me warm memories of my mother’s kitchen. It was her birthday and I always cook her dishes to remember her.
  3. ambra

    Dinner 2020

    Indeed, it's hard for me to find good stoccafisso, in fact, I've never really met one I liked! 😂 My husband swears the good stuff exists, but I haven't found it. Luckily salt cod is still popular enough across Italy that you can find it easily. I hope I inspired you to make it again! 😇 Does Eataly carry either?
  4. ambra

    Dinner 2020

    I'd love a portion too! 😋 Thank you so much @heidih!
  5. ambra

    Dinner 2020

    Here are some random dinners from around here. This is Baccala' Mantecato. I guess it's like Brandade but without the potatoes. It is baccala that has been steeped with some flavorings (like peppercorn, onion, bay leaf and the rest) and then whipped with olive oil. We like it enough that it has its own designated bowl. 😃 It's usually served atop crispy fried polenta crostini, but we didn't have the patience for that this weekend! Then a seafood risotto made with calamari, shrimp, jumbo shrimp (sadly not pictured), clams and mussels. Then we have pork baked inside garlic bread. It's a riff off a Tuscan dish, which is just a pork filet cooked in a baguette, usually with rosemary, sage and garlic. Sometimes fennel seed. I "Americanized" it, basically making it garlic bread! First I seared the filet on all sides, then made the garlic bread, using olive oil instead of butter. Then you make a sandwich out of it, cover the whole thing in pancetta, tie it up, and bake until desired doneness. I'm not a fan of cooking pork at all, this was a special request. (I'm not good at it, it's always dry, or....wrong.)The sides were mashed red-skinned potatoes, sautéed turnip tops (with absolutely NO flavor whatsoever) and those are some mushrooms on top of the mash that I had to cook because they were about to go bad. And finally, we had a COVID scare this weekend, scarily, so the kid in the family got baked pancakes two nights in a row. The parents had lots of wine. 😁 (P.S. His results came back negative.)
  6. ambra

    Dinner 2020

    Do they get dipped in egg like normal breaded chicken? Looks great!
  7. ambra

    Dinner 2020

    I have seen some recipes that use rice vinegar....But I still haven't tried it yet. I will report back if I do.
  8. ambra

    Dinner 2020

    This dish as always piqued my interest, yours looks great! Just one question, did you find it very, very sweet?
  9. I make chick pea salad WITH tuna! Chick peas, chopped tomato, canned tuna, red onion. A pantry meal that is especially good in summer when it's so hot and no one wants to cook.
  10. I completely forgot about the blogs.. those were amazing! Welcome Hannah!
  11. ambra

    Dinner 2020

    Thanks Shain! I would love that! I'd really love recipes for the soba salad above as I just bought soba noodles on Sunday. I may have to do without the miso though, as I didn't buy that. More locally, they sell dark miso in a giant container: do you know how long it keeps or how I can keep it by the way? I never know what to do with a giant container when I just need a couple of spoonsful. And also the green beans and mushroom stir fry. Randomly, I have fresh shitakes grown in the Sud Tirol coming in my box tomorrow. I'm very excited and was thinking of soup, but I haven't decided yet.
  12. ambra

    Lunch 2020

    A frittata with leftover risotto alla Milanese and pancetta. The leftover rice was supposed to become arancini, but when I realized I had run out of bread crumbs, a frittata it was!
  13. ambra

    Dinner 2020

    Everyone's dinners have been looking amazing this week. I'd eat at any one of your houses! I've been very boring this week, a lot of the same, vegetable soup, salmon etc. But here are some things. This weekend, I made pasta e fagioli again and this potato, leek and green bean bake. I was looking for a new use for green beans because I am getting sick of them. They keep showing up in my CSA. Then I made bialys for one night. I like smoked salmon, but I like other smoked fish better than I can't get here. So I usually like a thin layer of salmon. One day I will attempt my own baked salmon (the hot-smoked kind). I've been envious of all your delicious Asian foods and Sunday I went to the Asian market and they had fresh noodles so I attempted to make a stir fry with whatever vegetables I had in the fridge, along with fresh cilantro and lime. And finally, risotto alla Milanese, without the marrow and with my own stock.
  14. Here’s a pretty bad pic, but you get the idea...
  15. ambra

    Rosh Hashana

    Pam R, that's exactly what I ended up with. I know it looks a bit too much like a lone tortellino, but the filling certainly isn't. 😋
  16. ambra

    Lunch 2020

    When we are too tired for anything else. Anchovies, butter and toasted bread.
  17. I’m a bit late to the game, but here are a few more ideas. I am kind of a potato nut and make them in a lot of ways. I saw gratin mentioned above. This is my favorite recipe: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2017/11/classic-potato-gratin-recipe.html What about a frittata with potatoes or a Spanish Tortilla? (And what about patatas bravas?) This weekend I made “Polpettone” from the Liguria area. It is not a meatloaf but a potato pie with green beans and potatoes. It would be good with a poached egg on top. Here is a recipe in English. https://www.asmallkitcheningenoa.com/polpettone-potatoes-and-green-beans-tart/?fbclid=IwAR1aea4iWmHx_gYIrPim5btaHTdZjy3vuIbevGuKBGaaTYZLTNgq4li9PaU In Italy they also make “Gatto’ di Patate” (Really just gateau!) It’s also a potato pie with cheese – can be anything from mozzarella to smoked scamorza - butter, milk and eggs. Also ham, pancetta or salami. Baked with bread crumbs on top. I’m afraid I don’t have a recipe in English, but this one looks pretty close: https://www.christinascucina.com/potato-ham-and-mozzarella-bake/ You can also look up pizza di patate (the Pugliese version) and you’ll find other variations of the same concept. Speaking of pizza, sliced potatoes and rosemary are delicious on white pizza! With or without cheese. Usually without. Colcannon is another favorite around here. The Irish mash with cabbage, like this one: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/colcannon Be sure to have awesome butter for this one to melt on it. 😊 Speaking of cabbage and potatoes, Pizzoccheri is another dish from the Valtellina area. It is buckwheat pasta ribbons made with potatoes, onion, cabbage and sometimes also a green leaf vegetable, with a really strong cheese called Casera or Bitto, but maybe something like Fontina would work, and butter here too. This is a very stick to your ribs dish meant for cold weather! There are other versions of pasta with potatoes around too, but I don’t like it so can’t recommend any. But I do love potato-filled ravioli, called Tortelli Mugellani. They are like giant tortellini usually served with meat sauce. I sometimes make potatoes and peppers. You start onions and peppers in a pan and then add potatoes and cook through, maybe getting them crunchy on the bottom. I’ve seen people do this in the oven too. I also love roasted potatoes, and will roast a million different ways, certainly not as creative/delicious as Shains, but Tuscan style would be rosemary, sage, garlic with the skin on, and sometimes fennel, especially if served with duck. There is also octopus and potato salad, or oven baked octopus with potatoes, olives, and tomato. Twice-baked potato boats (The one where you bake them, scoop out, mix with cheese and sour cream etc and then bake again?) Fried potato croquettes? Tater Tots? Potato bread rolls? (My husband uses potato in his Focaccia Pugliese.) Samosas? Classic, Italian or German Potato salad? Sorry, I went a little overboard. 😜
  18. ambra

    Rosh Hashana

    I'm on the fence! Any suggestions welcome. 😃
  19. ambra

    Rosh Hashana

    I'm only half, on my mother's side (also Russian), but we didn't grow up making them either. I always thought it was because she hated them. I was going to try to make them this weekend though. Just to change it up a bit. My son loves tortellini, so maybe he'll like these.
  20. ambra

    Lunch 2020

    Isn't that the truth! My friend used to say we get our kids on loan, to help them become good humans. Then we give them back to the world. I love the look of these leftovers! I usually love all leftovers, granted I never really make enough to last four days. 😁 I made chicken soup on Monday with a whole chicken and have been repurposing the chicken for days. There was chicken salad, chicken quesadillas and chicken sandwiches like the below. (Always looking for ideas if anyone has any!) It has chicken, Sriracha lime mayo on top and bottom, tomato, red onion and red cabbage (which I have a glut of and am running out of ideas for as well) thanks to my CSA. On semi-wheat bread.
  21. ambra

    Carrots

    I love them oven roasted with harissa and garlic left whole, with the skin on. Sometimes I put big slices of red onions too. They need to be mixed often when roasting though. Sweet and sour is also sometimes good!
  22. ambra

    Dinner 2020

    Indeed this is a great wine. I'm curious what you thought of it and how it drank?
  23. ambra

    Dinner 2020

    I've never heard of this, but I can't wait to try it! Everything looks delicious!
  24. ambra

    Caponata

    I've roasted before and everyone always likes it better. But it might be because the people I serve it to are health nuts. 😃 Randomly, it is also the closest I've ever gotten to what was my favorite version in Sicily. Every ingredient is cooked separately and it's not saucy.
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