Tag Archives: Italian cuisine

Karl’s Marsala Steamed Mussels

Jan has requested corn chowder with crayfish for her birthday, but crayfish were out of season. I made the soup with langoustine. She also really likes mussels, so I decided to steam some as a side dish.

Karl’s Marsala Steamed Mussels

Karl’s Marsala Steamed Mussels

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Raspberries with Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Reggio Emilia

I cannot claim this recipe as my own. Miriam brought me some Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Reggio Emilia when she came back from Italy. I was under strict instructions never to use this vinegar in a salad dressing. The Acetaria San Giacomo’s website had photos to show off their products and one was of raspberries with vinegar and a light dusting of powdered sugar. This was clearly an acceptable use of “the good stuff.”

Raspberries with Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Reggio Emilia

Raspberries with
Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale
di Reggio Emilia

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Karl’s Caprese Salad 3

I had bought some Ciliegine Fresh Mozzarella—one inch balls of cheese—for my Italian Salad Bar. In the rush to get out the door to deliver it, I forgot to take them out of the refrigerator. Trying to think what to use them for, I remembered that caprese salad is one of Jan’s favorites.

Karl’s Caprese Salad 3

Karl’s Caprese Salad 3

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Karl’s Chicken Alfredo Casserole

Eilene’s friends are coming over for their usual Thursday night TV marathon—The Avengers this week. I have made mac & cheese for them several times and I am getting a bit board with it. I decided to do a different cheesy noodle dish using an Alfredo sauce.

Karl’s Chicken Alfredo Casserole

Karl’s Chicken Alfredo Casserole

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Karl’s Chicken Cacciatore (Hunter’s Chicken)

Many European countries have some variation of hunter’s chicken: the Italian pollo alla cacciatore, the French poulet chasseur and coq au vin, and the German hühnchen nach jägerart. The general idea of this dish is that you make it with the ingredients that a hunter would have on hand while out in the woods. Many modern versions include tomatoes and are served over pasta.

Karl’s Chicken Cacciatore (Hunter’s Chicken)

Karl’s Chicken Cacciatore (Hunter’s Chicken)

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Karl’s Steamed Artichokes with Tarragon Caper Butter Sauce

I am making chicken cacciatore and rustic bread for Sunday dinner. I wanted a hot veg to go with these dishes. It has been a while since I made steamed artichokes.

Karl’s Steamed Artichokes with Tarragon Caper Butter Sauce

Karl’s Steamed Artichokes with Tarragon Caper Butter Sauce

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Karl’s Rustic Italian Bread

I am making a chicken cacciatore for Sunday dinner and I wanted fresh bread to go with it. While I have made white bread and other baked goods many times, I have never ventured into crusty bread territory. Bread is simply a mixture of flour, water and some kind of leaven, but the results can vary widely depending of the differences in handling—both before and during baking—and with the addition of a variety of ingredients.

Karl’s Rustic Italian Bread

Karl’s Rustic Italian Bread

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Karl’s Stuffed Chicken Breasts in a Clay Pot

Jan is having her stitching friends over for a Christmas get-together. She requested a clay pot chicken, something with noodles and a vegetable soup.  As I thought about what dishes I would make the theme became, sort of, Italian.

Karl’s Stuffed Chicken Breasts in a Clay Pot

Karl’s Stuffed Chicken Breasts in a Clay Pot

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Karl’s Italian Vegetable Soup

Jan is hosting this year’s Ladies Christmas Get-together. Some of her friends are vegetarian. I am making a chicken dish for the meat eaters and a pasta dish for the pasta lovers. We decided that a soup would be a good dish for the vegetarians.

Karl’s Italian Vegetable Soup

Karl’s Italian Vegetable Soup

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Karl’s Spiced Biscotti

Adapted from Joy of Cooking

Every year we make several Christmas give-aways—food treats to bring joy to our friends. Recently, I became allergic to tree nuts. Our usual biscotti recipe has almonds in it, so this year I am making a second batch of nut-free, spiced biscotti.

Karl’s Spiced Biscotti

Karl’s Spiced Biscotti

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