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Cooking Risotto

Risotto is a popular first course in many regions of Italy. This article describes the cooking technique necessary to achieve the characteristic creaminess of the risotto while maintaining the rice grains firm and separate.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is ubiquitous in Italian and other Mediterranean cuisines not only because of its many health benefits but also because it contributes to the flavor of food.

Parmigiano Reggiano

Parmigiano Reggiano is undoubtedly the best known and most copied among Italian cheese. Most Italians consider it the "king of cheese" because of its superior taste, uncompromised quality and excellent nutritional value.

Pasta Shapes

There are more than 100 different pasta shapes used in Italian cuisine. Some are very common and routinely exported all over the world, other are only used with a handful of recipes and some other are only widely known within the region where they are traditionally used.
This article introduces some of the most common shapes along with suggestions on their use.

Common Herbs

Herbs play import role in Italy cuisine, a wide variety of herbs and spices is used in Italian cooking. They are used in small amounts and provide flavor rather than substance to food. Most herbs are best used fresh when their flavors and scents are at their peak. There is always a comprehensive range of fresh herbs for sale on the market stalls.

Essential Cooking Tools

Sophisticated equipment in Italian kitchen? I have to say "yes". They start with pan, pot, knife, cutting colander, meat mallet, grater, food mill...etc, that make me dizzy sometimes. As Chinese, wok is the tool be used most often, that is as perfect an all purpose cooking pot as exists, and has remained basically unchanged for thousands of years. Do not worry, here i just bring you to Essential Cooking Tools, that is as simple as Chinese wok.


The staff uses many references to ensure the most authentic execution of the classical recipes and to get inspiration for the original recipes featured on the site. This article introduces the books we use most often.

Types of Pasta

Creative spirit and particular uses, pasta present us a colorful world in vivid way. They range from tiny pasta for soup to large pasta for stuffing, all shapes and size vary in taste. They can combine and absorb type of sources very differently. How many different pasta on earth? I did not account yet. But, what can i say, generally there are four type of pasta, based on the material made of pasta.

The Italian Meal

The Italian table presents us with a veritable feast. The regional variation, the high quality of produce, and a sense of tradition are its mainstays. To really discover and explore this tradition, time and curiosity are required. In this article we provide a brief introduction to the formal Italian meal.

Fresh cherry tomato pasta

An ideal home made dish in tomato ripe season. Fresh, light, nutrition and easy make.

Shanghai Style Roasted Duck

Saffron Gnocchi

Swordfish tomato salad

One of the best summer salad collections. Its unexpected combinations-including cherry tomatoes, swordfish, olive-make for a lively dish. It can be served either as a side dish or main dish.

Salmon Miso-Mayo

A tempting salmon dish. Miso-Mayo goes well together, which brings mouthful flavor to this dish. The cooking way (salmon sealed with foil) make the salmon taste so soft and juicy.

Home made Pizza(porcini mushroom, anchovies)

Orange Asparagus (Mayonnaise, Mustard sauce)

Jansson's Temptation (baked potatoes)

The Swedish people give potato a special name "Versatile potato", since potato is widely used in side dish of Swedish meals. There are in numerous delicious variations. "Jansson's temptation" is the best-known dish, we gonna have a try!

Grilled Filet Mignon

I enjoy Filet Mignon a lot. It is very slim and so soft, which is the best part of a cow. People usually like this dish to be cooked in rare level, since the meat tastes hard if we cook it well done.

Grilled Mushroom

Grilling and barbecue, seems same thing for me. both ways is a form of cooking that involves dry heat applied to the surface of food. Grill-pan plays an important role in the whole process, if you enjoy indoor home barbecue.

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Asparagus Risotto

Have you ever thought asparagus could be used to make risotto? To my surprise, "asparagus risotto" is a traditional first course in Italy. The green asparagus mixed with white rice, the color attracts me already. How about the flavor? I had the experience that I cooked this dish for continued three days.

Do You Enjoy the Saltimbocca alla Romana (Veal Rolls)?

People: Emiko, Keith, Dongdong, Alley
Time: Feb. 21st, 2011
Place: home

After continued several days raining, finally we welcome a nice sun-shining Sunday. As planned we met with Emiko couple at Cambell Farmer Market in this morning, then we gonna have a Sunday Dinner at my home...



Grilled Filet Mignon

I enjoy Filet Mignon a lot. It is very slim and so soft, which is the best part of a cow. People usually like this dish to be cooked in rare level, since the meat tastes hard if we cook it well done.

Porcini Mushroom Pasta

Many Italian chefs have described porcini as representing "the wild mushroom par excellence", and hailed porcini as the most rewarding of all fungi in the kitchen. This mushroom is low in fat, with digestible carbohydrate, and high in protein, vitamins and minerals. In Italy, it is used well in both pasta and risotto.

Beijing Roast Duck (北京全聚德烤鸭)

Porcini Mushroom Risotto

Porcini mushrooms (Boletus edulis 美味牛肝菌) were already appreciated as a delicacy by the ancient Romans. In this traditional fall time dish they play the star role imparting a delicious hearty aroma to the risotto.

Tomato, Olive and Cheese stuffed Zucchini

My mother usually stir-fries sliced zucchini(西葫芦) with eggs, which is a typical Chinese cooking way. we love it. After trying this Italian recipe, we say we love it as well.

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