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Pizza di Spaghetti
By: On: 09:31AM / Thursday October 14, 2010
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I love Giada Di Laurentiis. I enjoy cooking most of her recipes and get excited when I find one that I haven't tried before. Somehow I have overlooked her Pizza Di Spaghetti recipe for years, and finally stumbled across it the other day. I knew that this was something that I had to make, since I often have leftover spaghetti. 

Last night, I decided that it was time to try out this recipe. I must admit, that I am not sure what I assumed it would taste like, but it definitely did not meet my expectations. It wasn't bad...it just wasn't how I had envisioned it. (this happens to me a lot) I combined the spaghetti (presauced) with the egg, milk and cheese mixture, but I substituted the 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese with about 2 tbsp Parmesan and 1/4 cup of shredded Mozzarella cheese. I then heated up my pan with oil and dumped the mixture in, pressing it into the pan. When it came time to flip this out onto a plate, I realized that I should have tried a smaller Pizza di Spaghetti first, because my flipping and inverting skills are not what they should be. Anyway, I slipped it out of the pan and onto a plate with minimal mess, but while trying to invert it back into the pan (after adding a touch more olive oil) I realized that this was not a good idea...it didn't flip the way I thought it would, and kind of went all over in the pan. I quickly reformed it in the pan and pressed down to make sure it cooked evenly.  DSCF2277

After it was cooked I slipped it back onto the plate and while it was cooling ever so slightly decided to make some semi ghetto style Garlic Bread. All I had left in the cupboard was sliced Italian Bread. So I smotherd it with butter and put it in the toaster oven to toast. When it was done, I cracked a piece of garlic and rubbed the garlic on the bread. My hubby and I prefer things VERY garlicky, so I also chopped some up and sprinkled it on top.

I then plated up the Pizza di Spaghetti and garlic bread, and was so excited to dig in. After the first five bites I realized that this wasn't exactly what I wanted. However, it was mildly successful since my hubby (who doesn't particularly like pasta) ate the whole thing and insisted that I not throw the rest away because he would eat it for lunch.

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So I guess all in all it was successful, and I learned a lesson about not expecting so much out of recipes that are so simple...it really was just fried spaghetti, which I make often with our leftover spaghetti.  If you would like to try out the recipe, you can view it here.



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Italian Comfort for 2 Meals
By: On: 09:29AM / Thursday October 14, 2010
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Recipes are wonderful for so many reasons. I literally sat on my couch the other night and read through my favorite cookbooks...for the millionth time. Not only are there tons of recipes that I want to try, but they also give me ideas for recipes that I can create. Right now, my favorite cookbook is Everyday Italian by Giada De Laurentiis. I have to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE her! Her cookbook is exactly how I envision mine to be, and I just love her recipes. I feel like my tastes are still growing and developing, so every time I read her recipes, I find more things that I never would have thought to try, but now sound amazing to me. 

I saw a recipe for her Pizza di Spaghetti, which made me think of what Italian Comfort foods I love and should make for dinner tonight. So, when I get home tonight and my hubby asks what's for dinner, I will be prepared! Tonight I am making Spaghetti with Italian Eggrolls (which are total comfort food for me) and garlic bread. I am going to also make too much Spaghetti, so that I can make Giada's Pizza di Spaghetti tomorrow night, or the night after for dinner. 

Two dinners are now planned out this week, before I am asked the dreaded question, and I have to say, I am a little proud of myself :) 

I also have to let you know in advanced, I will blog tonights dinner, tomorrow, but I was told at the beginning of my blog, that I am not allowed to share the secret recipe of my families Italian Eggrolls, and also, they won't look anything like they are supposed to (I am still mastering the technique). So just to warn you ahead of time, tomorrow's blog will be just a tease, sorry! :) 

 

*photo is from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/pizza-di-spaghetti-recipe/index.html



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Italian Comfort Food Part 1
By: On: 09:29AM / Thursday October 14, 2010
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How excited was I last night when I could actually answer my husbands question about what was for dinner?! I arrived home, immediately put on my pajamas and got to work on my Italian Comfort Food Dinner (part 1)! As I had mentioned in yesterday's blog post, I have been forbidden to share my Italian Eggroll recipe. This is a recipe that my grandmother brought over from Italy and decided to share with my mother, (probably so that my father could still eat well), and my mother shared it with me. However, I am not sure if it's just my family, or if every Italian does this, but when you receive a recipe in my family from any of the women, you must realize that it is going to be missing at least one ingredient. I believe this to be on purpose, but they always say that either the recipe is not missing anything, or that they just 'forgot' that they ALWAYS add that one item that make the recipe what it is. My mother apparently inherited this technique, so when she gave me the recipe for Italian Eggrolls she not only forgot an ingredient, but forgot to tell me that there was a specific technique that had to be done. I have been trying to perfect this technique and recipe for over a year. If you have any Italian friends or family members and you want a recipe from them, it's probably better to just watch them make it, and take your own notes.

However, last night, the technique was mastered! I finally made eggrolls the way that they are supposed to be made, and was so thrilled with myself. I even did a little dance in the kitchen, in celebration :)  I also cooked up some whole wheat pasta and some sauce that I had canned a couple of weeks ago. 

I have to admit, I was in comfort food heaven, and ate way, WAY more than I should have...thank goodness for whole wheat pasta, so I didn't have to feel quite as guilty about the two servings that I had. We didn't really have any leftover pasta...since I was a pig and ate it all, so I will make more pasta tonight and put it in the fridge to make the Pasta di Spaghetti for tomorrow nights dinner. I am not 100 percent sure what tonight's dinner will consist of, but I took out some pork chops to defrost before I left the house...so I could possibly make something with them tonight...stay tuned!



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