We had our second meeting of The Cookbook Book Club. The hostess choses what we will cook from (one chef, one style, one cookbook, one food), we draw lots to see who brings what. And we eat!
Last night the hostess chose Lidia Bastianich. Not one cookbook, but any of her recipes. We've all watched Lidia on PBS and we all feel fortunate that we have a Lidia's Restaurant in Kansas City (although most of us have not been).
The food in a nutshell was amazing! Fresh ingredients, flavorful real Italian food. And not a red sauce in any dish!
We ate, we visited, we told why we selected the recipe that we did and whether or not we would make it again. Everyone loved everything! There wasn't a bad recipe in the bunch. And there were some that I certainly would make again!
The Cookbook Club
Vol. 2 - Lidia's
Asparagi Gratinati al Parmigiano Reggiano -
Asparagus Gratin with Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
Involtini Di Pollo All Salmoriglio -
Breast of Chicken in a Light Lemon-Herb Sauce
Fettuccine with butter sage sauce
Fettuccine with Butter Sage Sauce
(sans sage and with mushrooms added)
Tortino di Ricotta e Zucca
Squash and Ricotta Tart
Insalata di Carote e Mele
Carrot and Apple Salad
Zabaglione e Crumiri
Zabaglione with cornmeal cookies
We had a feast that's for sure. And we're looking forward to Vol. 3 -- Irish! I've drawn "Salad" which doesn't seem Irish at all (except it may be green!) I've got some studying to do!
It's a fun night, we've got some amazing cooks who are producing amazing food!
My dish -- was the chicken! It was good. The house smelled heavenly and I would make it again. It does remind me of one that Ina makes -- only her chicken is not pounded and rolled. But some of the same flavors are in the olive oil and garlic sauce. I make that often for I really like it. This one I may save for company for it's a bit fussier than Ina's!