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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 board...to 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.

References

The laichichi.com 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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Butter Cookies

The ingredients be used make this cookies are very rich. but 2-3 pieces as dessert/or snack is still ok. Think about the cookies coming in a variety of shapes such as circles, squares, ovals, rings...can u still control 2-3 pieces every time?

Asparagus with eggs

It is really one of the simplest side dish. Two boiled stuff(asparagus+eggs) are placed together. but never ignore the taste of this dish...try and then you will find the answer.

Stracciatella Soup

Italy version, Roman style egg drop soup, made of egg and parmesan cheese, semolina is an option. China version, we call this dish "egg flower soup" literally, finely chopped scallions and tofu are added sometimes.

Shrimp Risotto

Seafood risotto is always so attractive and full of flavor. In this dish, we include shrimp shells to make puree instead of using stock(broth). This creative idea make this risotto so different, the shrimp flavor is full of mouth.

Wine Cookies

Frascati is a town that located 20 km southeast of Rome. At the end of meal, out come "Wine Cookies", the sweet cookies to be dunked in a chilled glass of white wine, that is the typical dessert be easily found there.

Strawberries with Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic is made from a reduction of cooked grape juice and not a vinegar in the usual sense. it is commonly used for fruit together with sugar.

Panna Cotta

cream based dessert. It is generally from the Northern Italian region of Piemonte, although it is eaten all over Italy, where it is served with wild berries, caramel, chocolate sauce or fruit coulis.

Pesche al Vino

Peaches or nectarines are combined with wine for a simple and refreshing fruit dessert. Be served as pre-dish fruit wine is also an good idea.

Branzino al Sale

The salt crust keeps the fish moist

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

Typical dish from Rome. Extremely simple and equally satisfying. Freshly grated Pecorino Romano and freshly ground pepper are essential for this dish.

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