Broccoli is a super-food just like kale, a super antioxidant! Broccoli has vitamins K and C, it is a good source of folate, and also provides potassium and fiber. I know many people don’t like it, especially kids. I remember when my daughter Nina was 8 months old, she loved broccoli! However, she stopped eating it after turning two. Well, you know what, I decided to incorporate it into her favorite cheese pasta, and ever since all our kids ask for this dish at least once a week. We even used that sauce on our homemade pizza once. Wow! Usually, we have leftovers after a pizza night, but that night there was nothing left!
I personally think tiramisu is the best dessert on Earth! It was the dessert that I was craving non-stop during my pregnancies. I typically make all my desserts at home. Scratch that, I make all my food at home: bread, buns, pasta, yogourt, etc. But at that time I couldn’t find any homemade tiramisu recipe that tasted good and was safe for me to eat while being pregnant. All the tiramisu recipes were with raw eggs and most of them with alcohol. So how to make tiramisu at home in a way that is safe for pregnant women and kids to eat?
Did it ever happen to you that you want to eat something new but you don’t know what? Well, that happened to me the other day. I looked into the caverns of my fridge and found two poor zucchinis and one big eggplant screaming at me, “WE NEED TO BE EATEN AND SOON!”. So I came up with the idea to create a vessel to rescue my poor vegetables. I based this tasty eggplant recipe on one of my favorite dishes called Rollatini. If you are looking for a vegetarian recipe that tastes great, this is it.
Cheese… Who doesn’t love cheese? If you have cheese you are okay 🙂 I don’t drink milk because I don’t like the taste, but I do love cheese. Ever since I tried this recipe, I stopped buying ricotta cheese from the store. My homemade ricotta cheese is so much better! There are similar recipes on the Internet, but mine is a little different in a sense that you will taste the lemon in it. It is fresh, a little tangy, and so much better than store-bought cheese. You don’t need fancy equipment or special tools, just a simple cheesecloth or even a clean light dish towel will do the trick! Don’t be afraid of making your own cheese – it is fun and really rewarding! You can even make your homemade cream cheese with this ricotta. Just add 1/2 cup of 35% cream and a pinch of salt to your prepared and cooled ricotta cheese, and mix it well with a hand blender. Keep it cool and it’s good for a week.
Did you know that the most ordered dish in an Italian restaurant is a lasagna? And do you know why? Because a good homemade lasagna takes time. You need to boil the water, cook the pasta, dry the pasta, prepare the sauce, prepare the béchamel sauce if you want any, and shred all the cheeses. So yes, a classic lasagna takes a lot of time. Between the job and the kids, our time is usually in short supply, so I keep trying to reproduce classical recipes in a way that would be faster to prepare.
There are still quite a few steps that need to be done, but wherever I could save time, I found a way without sacrificing the taste. I hope you will enjoy it as much as my family enjoyed it.