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Old 03-22-2007, 06:15 PM   #11
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Recalling my days and years before I arrived here, I think the first thing that came into my mind when I heard "something Italian" was anything to do with pasta.

Also I noticed even then that in many other countries they have the tendency to call anything that is cooked with tomato and cheese "Italian". I think it is a good thing that we can introduce the general public that there are so much more to it in "La cucina Italiana"...
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Old 03-22-2007, 06:22 PM   #12
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Aubergine parmigiana
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Old 03-22-2007, 06:28 PM   #13
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That would be spaghetti with tomato meat sauce,my mother learned to make it in Naples,Italy in 1957 where I also happen to be born my father was in the military so he was stationed there and my mother a German.She always put a little of hot pepper in hers also.
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Old 03-22-2007, 06:43 PM   #14
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I think Spagettii (with and without meatballs) and Lasagna.
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Old 03-22-2007, 06:50 PM   #15
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Focaccia..any kind. Basil pesto. Heavy on the garlic and evoo please
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Old 03-22-2007, 07:41 PM   #16
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Hi Simona,

I've been thinking about this since you began this post. I guess my favorite would have to be a family member's (Grandma Grillo from Sicily) lasagna.

What I'd like to learn to make is a delicious, authentic Tuscan soup. For this, tell me more.
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:23 PM   #17
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Color me peculiar, but my particular interest is always *dough*

The first thing I wanted to learn is how to make (and bake!) a good pizza dough. With experimentation, I am satisfied with the pizzas that I can make at home.

The 2nd thing I wanted to learn is how to make a good pasta dough. Thanks to DC, I learned how to master this. Now, in my house, pasta is always homemade.

The 3rd thing I wanted to learn was how to make true Italian-style bread. This is a work in progress.

The 4th thing I wanted to learn was how to make true Italian-style tarts. Thanks to my Italian neighbor, I am in the process of being educated.
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Old 03-23-2007, 11:19 AM   #18
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Hi Simona,

I've been thinking about this since you began this post. I guess my favorite would have to be a family member's (Grandma Grillo from Sicily) lasagna.

What I'd like to learn to make is a delicious, authentic Tuscan soup. For this, tell me more.
Katie -- try this one

Lidia's Ribollita Recipe

Ribollita is a very delicious Tuscan soup! It means "reboiled" because you add bread to it and cook it again to incorporate the bread into the soup. Originally invented to make food stretch further.

I have tried many recipes but this one IMO is the closest to what ribollita actually tastes like in Tuscany. But then again, it's Lidia B's recipe
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My signature dish immediately comes to mind: Melagnone a la Sicilian
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Old 03-23-2007, 12:38 PM   #20
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Katie -- try this one

Lidia's Ribollita Recipe

Ribollita is a very delicious Tuscan soup! It means "reboiled" because you add bread to it and cook it again to incorporate the bread into the soup. Originally invented to make food stretch further.

I have tried many recipes but this one IMO is the closest to what ribollita actually tastes like in Tuscany. But then again, it's Lidia B's recipe
Thanks, Jen. The recipe sounds wonderful. Plus, I love Lidia Bastianich, so would trust the dish. Gee, guess I could use some of the N.Y. Times bread in it, too.
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