Monday, January 10, 2011

Cooking with Giada Part Two

This week I changed my mind over and over again about what I was going to make.  I've been watching a lot of the Everyday Italian episodes so everything looked so good.  I finally settled on Garlic Toast, Linguine with Shrimp and Lemon Oil, Blueberry Mascarpone Turnovers.  Also, we had company over Saturday so I made some Nutella Ravioli and the Chocolate Panna Cotta with Amaretto Whipped Creme.  Everything and I mean Everything was so delicious!

I'm a little late getting this post up, but I swear I have a good reason.  Last week I went to the doctor and found out I have a muscle spasm going from my neck (at the hairline) to my left shoulder.  I've been on flexiral since Wednesday and I guess this medicine helps your muscles relax but also makes you go to sleep and go to sleep good.  I was laid out on the couch gone at 6pm last night and didn't wake up until 7am this morning.  Out!  But now for the stuff you really want.. the recipes I made.

First up, I made some garlic toast.  It wasn't really a recipe, but rather an accompanent to another dish in Giada's Kitchen cookbook.  It was very easy to do and had I thought about it myself I could have actually done it without looking at the cookbook.  Basically you just take a loaf of italian bread, slice it into 1/2 inch slices, drizzle evoo (thank you RR) and bake for 8 minutes.  Once out of the oven you rub garlic cloves over the toasted sides. 

To go with our garlic toast, I made Linguine with Shrimp and Lemon Oil.  This dish has been haunting me since I saw it on Everyday Italian earlier in the week (it's also in Giada's Kitchen).  I almost couldn't wait until the weekend to make it.  It was so amazing.  My daughters gobbled it up.  My husband gobbled it up.  By golly, I even took two helpings of it.  It is such an easy and quick recipe that it's made itself into my "go-to" recipe book.

These little guys are A.MAZ.ING!!!!!  I actually got the recipe for these while watching Everyday Italian's Rock the Block episode.  They are called Blueberry Mascarpone Turnovers.  Now I couldn't find mascarpone in my grocer so I found a recipe online to make my own.  All you really need is a bag of frozen blueberries, mascarpone cheese, lemon, sugar and pie pastry dough and then fry the little guys up.  Quick and easy dessert that kids can help make and everyone loves.  My youngest daughter helped me make 12 of these cute little things.  Mixing, stirring and cutting out dough.  Not bad for a 3 year old.  She loves helping me in the kitchen.. and she loves watching Giada :)

Nutella.  Ravioli.  Need I say more?  These little crunchy bits of heaven are great as appetizers and dessert.  I would recommend putting in more nutella than a teaspoon because when fried up it creates a bubble around the chocolate spread.  Also, make sure you close the won ton wrapper tightly from the 90 degree angle on out so you get all the air out.  That could also be why my ravioli had a bubble around the spread.   

My wonderful Husband is eating the leftover ones as we speak.  :)

Ah, and last but not least, the Chocolate Panna Cotta with Amaretto Whipped Creme (eek, not shown but believe me it was delicious).  This decadent treat is pure heaven to any chocolate lover.  I was getting a little flustered while making it because I had only bought a 4oz bar of choclate not realizing it wasn't 12oz.  So while the 4oz had already melted, I'm sitting there wondering to myself "Hmm.. this does not look like enough chocolate for the amount of milk/egg mixture I have here.  Let me just double check how much chocolate I have."  Oh and that's where things got interesting, I had to hurry up and look through my pantry to find some more chocolate and then hurry and get that chocolate chopped up and melted before the other chocolate burnt or got hard.  Luckily my awesome husband was there to help and save the day.  All in all this was a pretty easy recipe that I would make again and again and again!  Thank you Giada for such amazing recipes. 

All the recipes can be found online at

Buon Appetito!!!

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