Simply Italian

Including My pantry pasta recipes

Simply Italian

Just loving all things Italian! I was fortunate enough to be able to take a trip to Italy some years ago. And while there took a class in Italian cooking, specific to the region.

Marignolle was a farm house in Florence made over into a lovely hotel. The class held there was for a dinner meal, start to finish. The simplicity of this recipe, their recipe, doesn’t take away from the elegance of this dish … Beautiful presentation, light but not in taste … And pairing with a nice Chianti … It just doesn’t get any better.

I’ve included here some recipes of my own, too. My family, specifically Will, likes to call these Pantry Pasta Recipes because almost all ingredients are in the pantry. These recipes, too, are simple, quick and delicious. I hope you will try mine or branch out and invent some of your own.

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An almond cluster chocolate Chip cookie

These Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies are crisp around the edges with just enough shortening to give them a little lift in the middle … making for a chewy center. The almonds add the crunch. Milk chocolate chips as well as raw almonds get lost in this cookie. So, I’ve added salted roasted almonds, and half semi-sweet and half milk chocolate chips instead. This cookie is my creation. I’ve been a lover of chocolate chip cookies and chocolate covered almonds for years. This is my attempt to bring the two together.

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A Perry Family Recipe

Grandmother Rose’s Version

Portuguese Marinated Pork Vinho d’ alhos

Portuguese Marinated Pork Vinho d' alhos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Strong smells of garlic, wine and pickling spices 
when roasting this pork dish took me back in time.

As my brother and I climbed into his 55 Chevy we were both complaining that we had to go to grandma’s for dinner. Again! After all, it was a school night. 

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A No fail muffin A Perfect Vegan Muffin

Perfect Vegan Muffin

Although no longer a vegan my daughter continues with many recipes she created along the way. This muffin recipe is adapted from Tanya Bernard’s and Sarah Kramer’s Anything Goes recipe from their book How it all Vegan!

Missy like many young adults finds her time is very limited. These muffins can be whipped up and in the oven in less than ten minutes. We hope you will try this healthy rich tasting muffin recipe. The recipe follows.

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A GREAT SUMMERTIME OR ANYTIME DESSERT

Five senses overload best described Aunt Alice’s kitchen … Bleach cleaned and brightly lighted; smelling of smoked meats and sweet cakes; crowded with grown-ups who were loud with laughter, full of unfamiliar words, and giving toothy smiles and hugs as unconsciously as breathing. This was a pleasantly scary place to be for a three year old. I wish I could literally time travel to experience this again. And again.

As for this Portuguese Butter Sponge Cake … Having backyard chickens with extra eggs, and a memory boost from a friend, thank you Margaret, and thoughts of the grown-ups in my great aunt’s kitchen revived this family favorite. This cake was eaten straight from the oven for the intensified buttery taste, more noticeable when warm.  Margaret had eaten it just this way at our house and remembered it after all these years as a favorite.

There’s something about great food and memories. I have to laugh about our old family photos. It seems from these we did nothing else, but eat. Continue reading