Posts Tagged ‘Italian’

Oenotri

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Review

Oenotri

Last month we finally made it to Oenotri for dinner. Everything I heard about this Italian restaurant in downtown Napa was positive, so of course we had to try it out.

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Per Diem

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Review

Per Diem

A couple days after Christmas we headed into San Francisco for a day and had dinner at Per Diem, based a friend’s recommendation.
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Piave

Thursday, November 15th, 2012
Piave

Piave

Cheese of the Month

Piave

I found Piave last month as Trader Joe’s cheese of the month. It’s a hard cow’s milk cheese from the Veneto region in Northern Italy, near the Piave River. The milk is not only from the area surrounding Piave, but the cheese is also made and aged in the same area.

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While this cheese is likened to Parmigiano-Reggiano, and gets similar crystalline salty bits and crunch, I did find the flavor different. The cheese is not quite as firm as Parmigiano, making it easier to cube without completely crumbling. It’s still hard, just not quite as hard as Parmigiano. I found the flavor a bit more earthy and bitter. While it has a nutty taste like Parmigiano it’s more of a walnut taste, then say a toasted hazelnut. It’s has a hint of bitterness mixed with earthy grass.

This cheese pairs well with fuller bodied reds such as Zinfandel and Sangiovese. While best shaved as a topping on salads or grated into pasta, you can also cube it for a table cheese.

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Rice with Sage and Rosemary

Friday, October 5th, 2012
Rice with Sage and Rosemary

Rice with Sage and Rosemary

Rice with Sage and Rosemary

Adapted from Cooking from the Heart of Italy by Lidia Bastianich

This rice dish is quick and easy to make.  No constant stirring like a traditional risotto, but still creamy since it uses short grain rice.  Perfect for a quick weeknight meal.
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Hazelnut Biscotti

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
Hazelnut Biscotti

Hazelnut Biscotti

TWD – Tuesdays with Dorie

Hazelnut Biscotti

This is one of my favorite recipes in the book that we’ve made to date, along with the Rugelach and Irish Soda Bread.  These hazelnut biscotti remind me of those I had in Rome.  We dipped them in chilled sweet, syrupy Vin Santo.  Oh, so good.  If they remind me of Italy, it must be a great recipe.
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