lunedì 20 giugno 2011


Dessert - Lactose and gluten free (see notes below) - lactose intolerants and celiacs safe

1/3 + 1/8 cups sugar
2 tbsp flour (or corn starch - see notes below)
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup lemon juice (1 lemon)
1 lemon peel (only the yellow part because the white is bitter)
2 egg yolks

In a small saucepan arrange sugar, 1/2 cup water and the lemon peel, bring to a boil and let it boil about 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool down. Discard lemon peel.

In the meantime, in another saucepan, combine flour, yolks lemon juice and the remaining water; mix until well combined.

Slowly pour the warm water in the yolk mixture, whisking to avoid lumps. Put it on medium heat and cook until it thickens. Pour it into individual bowls and let the custard cool down, then refrigerate until the moment to serve it.

This recipe makes 2 individual bowls.

- You can serve it with thin crisp cookies or layer it with ladyfingers dipped in fruit juice.
- It can also be served with strawberries.
- It is dairy free and, if you use corn starch instead of flour, it's also celiacs safe!

lunedì 13 giugno 2011

COTOLETTA ALLA BOLOGNESE (veal cutlet Bolognese style)

Meat entree

8 slices veal
8 slices prosciutto crudo (Parma ham)
2 eggs
1 cup crushed Italian san Marzano
6 tbsp grated Parmigiano
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Breadcrumbs (plain, not flavored or seasoned)

Lightly beat eggs in a bowl then dip meat slices in; arrange slices in the breadcrumbs and press in order to have them stick well to the meat.

Preheat oven to 400.

Put a big skillet on medium-high heat and warm olive oil and fry cutlets in for 2 minutes each side, remove from oil and line on paper towel so that the oil is absorbed. Season with salt and pepper.

Line the slices in a baking dish, cover each cutlet with one slice of prosciutto, pour tomatoes on them and top with parmigiano.

Bake about 5 minutes or until the cheese melt and serve immediately with a fresh, green salad.

This recipe serves 4.

- You can use crushed, strained or diced Italian San Marzano, don't use the fresh tomatoes because they would be too watery.

- Use only plain breadcrumbs, we have the real Italin style ones (that means PLAIN).

- While Prosciutto is tastier, you can also use regular ham.

lunedì 6 giugno 2011


Salad - vegetarian - Lactose intolerant safe (no cheese, see below for substitutions)

4/5 cup of farro
2 heads of red Italian radicchio, washed and shredded
1 bunch arugula, washed
4 oz cheese, diced (pecorino, asiago, provolone)
1/4 cup walnuts, lightly roasted and roughly chopped
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp basamic glaze
salt and pepper

First of all, cook the farro. Bring a pot with water to boil, add salt and farro, stir and cook for about 30/35 minutes, depending on how "al dente" you like it.

In the mean time, arrange radicchio and arugula in a big bowl together with walnuts and cheese.

Drain farro, chill it quickly under cold water and spread it on a clean kitchen cloth so it will dry and cool properly.

Add farro to the salad and mix well to combine.

In a small bow arrange oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and mix (with a fork or a small whisk) until almosot creamy, pour it over the salad, toss well and serve immediately.

This recipe serves 4.

- You can use any cheese you like, or a mix of cheeses. If you want to use Parmigaino, shave it and don't dice it.
- You can use eggs or tuna (packed in olive oil) instead of cheese or together with cheese.
- You can add a variety of greens: roman lettuce, green/red leaf lettuce, iceberg lettuce and so on...
- You can use barley or rice instead of farro, adjusting the cooking time.
- Remeber that, especially for salads, it's VERY important to use dressing ingredients of superior quality because they are a big part of the result you'll obtain.