Italian cuisine as a national cuisine known today has evolved through centuries of social and political change. Its roots can be traced back to the 4th century BC. The cuisine changed significantly with discovery of the New World which helped shape much of what is known as Italian cuisine today with introduction of items such as potatoes, tomatoes, bell pepper and maize, which are all central parts of the cuisine but were not introduced in scale until the 18th century. [Wikipedia]

Lasagna

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Garfield once said (while paraphrasing Will Rogers) “I never met a Lasagna I didn’t like.” This particular Lasagna is easy to prepare and tastes great. It’s basically a combination of meat base (mince meat, chopped onions, and garlic) combined with a jar of tomato based spaghetti sauce, a little oregano, layered in with grated cheese between sheets of lasagna, and topped with a Carbonara sauce and more cheese.

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Linguine, Baked Tomatoes and Basil

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Tomatoes baked in balsamic vinegar and brown sugar, served over linguine, and garnished with fresh basil. The tomatoes are baked whole with the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar for about an hour or more until soft, then quartered and the combination of sweetened vinegar and tomatoes are poured over the linguine. The dish is finalized by mixing in fresh basil leaves and finely sliced chili. Add a little parmesan cheese and you have something that your taste buds will not forget any time soon.

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Warm Meatball Pesto Salad

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

This is one of those wonderful salads – fresh rocket, light and flavor filled meatballs, zucchini, squash, basil, parmesan cheese, dressed with a basil, parmesan and cashew dip.

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