Christmas Eve Menu 2009

Christmas Eve Menu 2009

With Christmas less than two weeks away this is a good time to encourage anybody who is interested in having a traditional Southern Italian all fish Christmas Eve Dinner to check out our Feast of the Seven Fishes menu. We first published this menu, with dishes like the Fried Calamari pictured above, on The Italian Chef in 2007, and will try and update it every year with at least one new recipe. It is not a hard set menu, just some suggestions with the goal of giving you a lot of options so you can mix it up to your own taste. This year we have a nice addition to the antipasti choices, Insalata Frutta di Mare. Italian Christmas Eve...
Italian Bread with Fresh Ricotta

Italian Bread with Fresh Ricotta

My wife picked up some fresh ricotta cheese from Calandra Cheese market on Arthure Avenue this weekend.  I love to spread good fresh ricotta on a slice of Italian bread, drizzle it  with extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle some coarse sea slat and freshly ground pepper on top.  I only do this when I have good quality fresh ricotta, and I have not been able to find any place in Connecticut that makes their own, all I see is the plastic tubs of Polly-O and such. I have tried my hand at making my own fresh ricotta, and while the results have been good, I just really haven’t been able to get into making it too often, I would much rather find a good source and buy it.  If you are interested in trying to make your own, below are some links to recipes for three different methods that I have found.  If anybody knows of a good source for fresh ricotta in Connecticut, especially Fairfield County, please let me know in the comments. Home-Made Ricotta How To Make Ricotta At...