One of our most important family traditions is cooking and eating together. Ties to the heart are woven through the meals we create in the kitchen each day. One of our favorite meals to cook up is pasta with mozzarella cheese and sausage. We love to experiment with pasta dishes especially since our daughter is very fond of pasta and asks for it on a regular basis. The key with having children and balance work is having the ability to create flavorful, colorful and delicious meals in the shortest amount of time possible.
Fresh, high quality ingredients are so important for us. We always look to brands that our families have cooked with over the years. There is a reason why my parents and grandparents have always chosen Barilla pasta and spaghetti, for example. Not only is it Italy’s most popular brand of pasta, but the quality is ideal for cooking an array of exceptional, hearty pasta dishes. Al dente perfection is accomplished without hassle in just under 12 minutes each and every time.
These past few days in the Hamptons surely have been rainy, but to keep the comfort and spice in the moment, my husband delighted me with a delicious bowl of Asian noodles topped off with spicy turkey meatballs with a sweet sriracha glaze. My husband has been experimenting with sriracha in the kitchen, our most used condiment. Definitely expect some twists on stirfries, pastas, and summer barbecue dishes incorporating sriracha.
Below you will find the adapted* recipe to this well loved spicy meatball dish. I recommend as a dessert pairing, a bowl of fresh berries with vanilla bean ice cream, or a scoop of mango sorbet. For a cocktail pairing, you must create a cucumber or lychee martini!
Goat cheese is my favorite soft cheese, and add it to almost anything I can including crab dips, salads, desserts, and I occasionally serve a tablespoon with honey and fresh berries. I especially love “fried” goat cheese on a bed of spinach with sliced pears, the cheese is so warm, creamy, and comforting.
I had fun making these Goat Cheese Truffles as an appetizer/snack served just before dinner with wheat crackers. It took less than ten minutes to make and is so aesthetically appealing. This simple hor d’oeuvre will liven up any dinner table and is a perfect transitional spring dish. It was my first time making them and I would recreate these again and again.
If you have been a reader of East End Taste for at least six month, you will already know that I love to create and experiment with recipes I find on my favorite food blogs and in antiquarian cookbooks. Lately, I have been focusing my search on baked goods that do not contain a lot of added sugar. Otherwise, I have cut the sugar ingredients in half to a third. I still find that whether it is scones, muffins, or cookies, the baked items still taste just as delicious with just a tad of sweet.
This recipe below for Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread is a perfect example. Originally, the recipe called for a cup of sugar, and I adapted it to have no more than 1/3 cup of sugar with unsweetened apple sauce. This semi-sweet bread was such a huge hit with my friends and family, and it stayed moist for several days. I recommend store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Plus, you can adjust the sweetness with how much creamed honey you add. Browder’s golden creamed honey is a must for baking and is so versatile. Expect many more recipes to follow with their signature honey.
This delectable, and slightly sweet ricotta cheese cake is made with That’s It Fruit Bars including such flavors as pineapple, mango, coconut, and banana for some added tropical taste and texture. The fruit bars were an ingredient in the crust. This will be a hit with anyone who prefers a mild, creamy dessert that is just a tad sweet and blended with old world Italian charm.
I made this for the first time this past weekend for a get together; everyone was gushing over it, with some folks even running back for seconds. I look forward to recreating this again and again, while experimenting with different crusts and filling options, including mini chocolate chips or adding some lemon zest or lemon rind.