Category Archives: italian

Shrimp Scampi (or Oh Baby, It’s Umami!)

Most of us know that when we eat, we can pin-point the flavors as being salty, sweet, sour or bitter.  Not many people know that foods such as shell-fish, tomatoes, meat, cheese and even the humble potato have a flavor … Continue reading

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Baked Eggplant

My initial idea for this recipe was to cut eggplant into length-wise slices and bake them, then coat them with a thick layer of ricotta cheese mixed with garlic, basil, sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella, then roll them up tight, to … Continue reading

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Easter Tradition with a Twist: Classic vs. White Lasagne

While at the grocer’s the other day, I was feeling down about the kids being on their own and not having them here to dye Easter eggs with.  (During their teen years, I would dye all but two and the kids would each do one obligatory egg for mama).  My spirit perked up … Continue reading

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Ricotta Calzones

Last week, Mr. Cheese had a hankering for a good old fashioned calzone.  In keeping with my love affair with Cook’s Illustrated, we dug out the Italian Favorites issue and promptly went to work.  While I do love the theory behind … Continue reading

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Thincrust Pizza Dough: Attempt #2

The holidays came and went at the Cheese house and a beautiful time was had by all.  The kids converged on the home front for a few days and the Soldiercheese brought along his girlfriend.  We laughed, we cried, we made … Continue reading

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A Mouthful of Lumpy Goodness or Ricotta Gnocchi w/Creamy Tomato Sauce

I recently fell in love with Cook’s Illustrated magazine.  In fact, I have already alerted Mr. Cheese that a year’s subscription would be at the top of my Christmas wish list.  Fortunate enough to purchase my first ever issue a couple of weeks ago, … Continue reading

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Make Mine Parmesan. Chicken, That Is!

With the evenings getting chillier, the cold salads and sandwiches have gone by the wayside and Mr. Cheese and I are both craving soups and more traditional, comfy foods.   The temperatures are creeping into the 50s during night-time hours and chicken parmesan is … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review – Vespucci in Fairfax

Walk through the front door at Vespucci, an Italian restaurant in Fairfax, and if you time your visit right you’ll catch the live entertainment that plays there on occasion.  Ample seating offers a perfect view of the small stage and there … Continue reading

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Spaghetti Carbonara or The Importance of Fresh Stuff

To date, this is the most mediocre dish I have cooked.  Ever.  Not horrible, not spectacular.  Just good.  Different.  In my research, I learned that spaghetti carbonara  was named for Italian ‘charcoal makers’ or coal miners, perhaps for the way it … Continue reading

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It’s Italian Week on Tossing the Swiss!

In the interest of honoring the tomato, though my tomato crops were awful this year, and since I am craving all-things-italian, I have dubbed this week Italian Week, here at ‘The Swiss’.   I will start with my go-to red sauce which … Continue reading

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