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Old 08-10-2005, 08:45 AM   #1
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Any Italians in the house?

Anybody catch the Emeril Live show that showcased the winners of his Italian cooking contest? I was glued to the couch. I love Italian food! I def. plan on trying these recipes myself.

I'm wondering if any fellow members are Italian or related to an Italian. I'd love it if you could share a recipe that is a must at family gatherings or in your own home.

I once posted on a local website to try to find someone who cooks Italian that would be willing to teach me but no luck. I don't think there are many in the area I'm living in. I do think I'll get ahold of the college and suggest it though. They already have a Japanese and Chinese cooking class......which I do plan on taking next time they come up.

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Old 08-10-2005, 08:59 AM   #2
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Ciao

Come va? I didn't see that Emeril but it sounds great. I'm addicted to Italian food (just bought, yet another Italian cookbook this past weekend), as I married into an Italian family, thus becming "IBM" or "Italian by Marriage." I could eat Italian 3 meals a day, just about every day (but than again I could say that about most cuisines of the world, I'm a food lover ).

I'm on my way out the door right now, but I'll post a couple must have recipes here when I return for you (and everyone). Feel free to ask me anything you''d like to know about Italian food.

Arrivederci!
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Old 08-10-2005, 10:59 AM   #3
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Grazie Jessica! I can't wait to see what you have to share.
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Old 08-10-2005, 11:19 AM   #4
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Hi Sizz,

my dh is Italian, and I've learned to make many of the things his mom use to fix for him and his brothers. You will find however that with each Italian family the recipes will vary. My m-i-l's food was very different than what most people find in an Italian eatery...Her ravioli sauce was a deep rich brown color not red, pesto was not serve often, but was much the same as others but she topped hers off with chopped tomatoes accross the top of the pasta, plus a sprinkle of more toasted pine nuts. She made a wonderful rice torta that my kids have me make for every party and for birthdays..We make our own ravioli, but, do purchase the sheets of pasta from an Italian deli when time is short. Focaccia or Fugazza as we call it is a staple for all get togethers..If I can help in some way, please ask, I love sharing and passing on what I learned from a sharp lovely lady and from my mom.
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Old 08-10-2005, 03:22 PM   #5
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kadesma....whats Focaccia or Fugazza?
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Old 08-10-2005, 04:10 PM   #6
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kadesma....whats Focaccia or Fugazza?
Sizz,
foccacia is an Italian flat bread, it's easy and delicious, we make it on the thin side,and cut into squares, to make a single slice type sandwich then, top with any Italian lunch meats, such as mortadella, coppa, salami, and Italian cheese of some sort..If baked in a smaller pan, it gets fuller and can be sliced through to make a two slice of bread sandwich..either way it's yummy.
Foccacia,,MY very first recipe from an Italian friend..
4-c. a/p flour
2-Tab. salt
2-packets of yeast
2-c.lukewarm water
2-Tab. Evoo
Mix altogether til tacky. Let rise two hrs. til double covered. Dough should still be tacky when you turn it out onto a floured board. You will find many say to oil your hands to knead the dough, I just dampen mine and then knead about 10 times. Oil a large cookie sheet with sides, put dough in pan and dampen hands again and just pat the dough into the pan, it will fight you so just let it rest about 5 min and try again..I don't worry if it isn't right into the corners, as it rises it tends to fill in, just come as close as you can..Then dimple it all over with your finger tips or knuckles, and brush on a layer of evoo...cover with a plastic wrap that you've sprayed with pam and let rise another 1-1/2, do not let it go over the sides of your pan. Carefully redimple and re oil, then give a light sprinkle of either kosher or gray or even table salt. Heat oven to 400, if you have a pizza stone put it in the oven to get hot, then place the cookie sheet in the oven, spritz with water and cook ten min. spritz again cook another 10 min spritz, finish bakeing..In all it should take about 20-25 min. depending on your oven...You want it to be a nice light golden brown. Remove from oven and immediatly brush with more evoo and give another sprinkle of salt. It sounds complecated, but it's easy and the dough is very forgiving...I also have another recipe that make a sponge first and uses white wine..If you would like it, I'll post for you.
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Old 08-10-2005, 07:26 PM   #7
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Yo! *combing hair* Im Italian! *combing chest* Im tired of Italian food though. I've had it soooooooooo much. I often look for something different. *oiling up for a few hours in the sun*
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i'm a smidgen italian and i love love love italian food.
i missed the shoe though grrrrrrrr. well i guess i'll have to
catch it as a rerun.
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Yo! *combing hair* Im Italian! *combing chest* Im tired of Italian food though. I've had it soooooooooo much. I often look for something different. *oiling up for a few hours in the sun*
lmao - you're too funny sush
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Old 08-11-2005, 02:17 PM   #10
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Yo! *combing hair* Im Italian! *combing chest* Im tired of Italian food though. I've had it soooooooooo much. I often look for something different. *oiling up for a few hours in the sun*
Me thinks someone needs a cold shower Thanks for the laugh sush!
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