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June 2013 - Dinner in Venice

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Strawberries in Love


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Strawberries in Love by @dinnerinvenice

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m taking a little blogging break to recharge my creative batteries and spend some quality time with my family. That also means sticking to the basics in the kitchen. However, basic doesn’t have to be boring.

Strawberries in Love

Ingredients

  • 1 basket of juicy strawberries
  • 4 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup prosecco or champagne
  • 4 tsp sugar or more to taste

Directions

Wash the strawberries and arrange them in individual shot glasses or all together in a glass bowl.

Drizzle with the prosecco and balsamic and sprinkle with sugar. The balsamic brings out the sweetness, color, and flavor in the strawberries, and is a great thirst-quencher!

Enjoy as it is, or indulge and use as a topping for some good gelato.

https://dinnerinvenice.com/2013/06/24/strawberries-in-love/

 

Quick Pipe Pasta with Swiss Chard


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Quick Pipe PaSTA WITH CHARDS BY DINNERINVENICE

Don’t get me started. I’ll just mention that when the doctor heard how I got injured, he laughed. I’ll spare you the gory details, but it involved an epic fight with the mini-blender blade falling into the stand mixer bowl (in action), AND the unlocked dishwasher door. In case you ever wondered why  I don’t teach knife skills demos. Today, the saga continues with water flooding our building through the upstairs neighbor’s apartment.

I hope I’m forgiven if I post this recipe without a proper intro!

To cheer me up, feel free to share your most surreal kitchen accidents in the comment box.

Quick Pipe Pasta with Swiss Chards

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

serves 4

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb "pipe" pasta (penne or rigatoni work too, and use 1 lb if you are a group of football players)
  • 3/4 lb Swiss chard
  • 1/2 can (1/2 lb) peeled tomatoes, possibly Italian San Marzano quality (or use fresh, seeded)
  • 1/2 cup black olives (pits removed)
  • 1 chili pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 3or 4 tbsp good extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp grated pecorino romano
  • salt and pepper

Directions

Wash the chard and remove the stems and harder part. You CAN use the stems, they taste great! But they will need to cook for twice as long, so it's easier to do it separately.

Steam or boil the chard in salted water (about 5-10 minutes for the leaves, and 15-20 minutes for the stems, if using). Drain, pat dry and choap coarsely.

Heat the oil in a skillet, add the chili (broken into 3-4 pieces), the sliced olives, and the chard.

Drain the tomatoes from the liquid; chop them coarsely (or crush them with your hands) and add them into the skillet.

Cook for about 5-10 minutes on medium heat, and adjust the salt and pepper.

While cooking the sauce, cook the pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to the directions on the package, keeping it "al dente".

Drain the pasta without rinsing it, and transfer it into the skillet with the sauce. Saute with the sauce for a minute, stirring.

Sprinkle with the grated cheese and serve immediately.

https://dinnerinvenice.com/2013/06/13/quick-pipe-pasta-with-swiss-chards/

 

 

 

Strawberry Risotto Straight From the Eighties


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Strawberry Risotto straight from the Eighties by DinnerInVenice

All of us have dishes we have always loved. And then there are flavors that we learn how to love, later in life. Finally, those that we appreciate because they remind us of when we were young, and/or in love.

As an Italian teenager in the Eighties, trying to fit in (shoulder pads and all), I had a hard time getting used to the new food trends that we were importing from the US, such as burgers and club sandwiches. I would have traded any Panini for a bowl of my nonna’s ribollita soup! As to the other culinary movement that was going on – namely, the spread of Nouvelle Cuisine from France to Northern Italy – I was too young and poor to experience it!

I did hear about it, of course. I was aware of its most cultured and creative representative, Gualtiero Marchesi, and of all the copycats who tried to get on board by simply sticking kiwi, vodka and arugola into everything. But all my student budget allowed me to eat out was lots of arugola pizza!

The surprises of the new cuisine were mostly reserved to the Yuppies, the young and flashy finance or law professionals who loved to impress their peers with gold Rolexes, fast cars, and dinners in exclusive restaurants with outrageous prices. The others (who couldn’t afford such extravagances) made fun of them, laughing at the idea of such adventurous and un-Italian flavor combinations.

That’s how my friends and I, having to make do with pizza or the occasional panini, totally missed on the strawberry risotto craze. At home, our moms were too traditional to venture beyond mushroom or saffron!

Finally last month, to celebrate my 44th birthday and upcoming middle age, I decided to experiment with a few recipes from that era. If my teenage years have officially made it into history books, I should at least give them the respect they deserve!

I must confess that this was not my first choice. At first I really wanted to try my hand at the symbol of Italian Nouvelle Cuisine, Gualtiero Marchesi’s signature Risotto with Saffron and gold leaves. However, I wasn’t sure how my husband might react if he saw me pop my wedding band into the microwave, and on second thought I went for this more sensible option.

Some of you might worry that strawberries could make this risotto too sweet; on the contrary, the end result is slightly tart and very fresh, perfect for summer and incredibly fragrant – not to mention the pretty color!

Strawberry Risotto Collage.by.Dinnerinvenice

 

Strawberry Risotto Straight From the Eighties

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 and 2/3 cups Italian rice, preferably Vialone Nano type
  • 1 to 2 quarts hot vegetable broth (prepared without tomato)
  • about ½ stick butter
  • ½ onion, very finely chopped
  • ½ cup prosecco, champagne or dry white wine
  • 8 medium strawberries (fewer if large)
  • salt to taste
  • pink or white pepper to taste
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmigiano cheese (or more to taste)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, if liked

Directions

(to prepare a vegetable broth, simmer a carrot, an onion and a stick of celery in salted water for about 30 minutes and season with salt); or you can use packaged vegetable broth, but make sure it’s made without tomatoes and doesn’t have too many added spices).

Cut the strawberries into small pieces, setting 3 or 4 whole ones aside for later.

Melt 2 tbsps butter in a heavy pot over medium heat, stir in the finely chopped onion and cook on medium heat for about 3-4 minutes (don’t allow it to brown). Add the rice, and cook for 2 minutes stirring. ?Pour in the wine and allow it to evaporate.

Start adding hot broth 1 or 2 ladlefuls at a time. Allow for the broth to be absorbed before adding more. ??After about 10-12 minutes, stir in the chopped strawberries, and keep adding more broth and stirring until done (total cooking time is usually around 18-22 minutes). Adjust the salt and check for doneness. The rice should be cooked but firm (“al dente”), and the sauce not too dense. Remove from the heat, stir in the remaining butter and the grated cheese, and allow to rest covered for 2 minutes. Serve immediately, topping with the remaining fresh strawberries.

https://dinnerinvenice.com/2013/06/06/strawberry-risotto-straight-from-the-eighties/