Saturday, November 27, 2021

Pasta alla Genovese

 By: The Food Hunter


Do you find yourself always in rush to prepare something quick, yet delicious, for dinner? I know I do…which is why I appreciate having a list of tried-and-true recipes on hand. In season 9 episode 2 of Lidia’s Kitchen, Lidia Bastianich shares simple, seasonal and economical dishes the whole family is guaranteed to love. One of my all-time favorite easy-peasy Lidia recipes is: Pasta with Pesto alla Genovese.

Pesto, the main ingredient in this sauce, originated in the region of Liguria, but is enjoyed equally throughout Italy. Keep in mind that pesto doesn’t need to be limited to basil. You can use any combination of soft herbs or greens growing in your garden. Also, using cream instead of the more traditional olive oil allows the pesto to uniformly coat the pasta.

What to Serve with Pesto alla Genovese

A nice Sicilian white wine, like the crisp and elegant Planeta Etna Bianco would pair beautifully with this pasta. If you’re a carnivore like myself I would also suggest grilling an Italian sausage to eat on the side.



Pasta alla Genovese

16 oz spaghetti
½ quart heavy cream
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1 clove garlic
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, freshly grated


In a large pot, bring salted water to boil and cook pasta. Drain and reserve.

Meanwhile, in a food processor, add the basil leaves, Parmigiano-Reggiano and a large pinch of salt. Turn on the machine and slowly pour in the cream. Continue processing until the mixture starts to turn green and thicken. Do not over-blend.

Add the sauce to the pasta and combine until coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with freshly grated cheese and serve hot.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Averna Espresso

By: The Food Hunter

 

International Coffee Day is around the corner and what better way to celebrate than coming together with friends and enjoying an Averna Espresso after a delicious meal.

Since 1868, Amaro Averna has represented true Sicilian craft with a story that celebrates heritage and tradition. Its recipe transmits the flavors and aromas of the land it comes from and has become a staple in every Italian home, passed down from generation to generation. For Sicilians, a meal is meant to be savored, it’s never a rushed event. The lingering moments after a shared meal are the perfect time to sit back and share stories while sipping on a glass of Averna.


Creating an Averna Espresso for the upcoming International Coffee Day on Oct. 1 is my plan!



Averna Espresso


1.5 parts Averna

.5 part Vanilla syrup

3 drops Chocolate bitters

1 part espresso

 

Shake and strain into a glass and garnish with orange zest

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Fall Cocktail: Lure of the Land

 By: The Food Hunter

Sprouting from a carousel of spicy and herbal notes, Lure of the Land is a soothing, warm, and local (French)-inspired drink that can set the mood for all things fall.  

Lure of the Land is an explosion of aromas: anise, and mint come into this cocktail from the French Grande Absente absinthe; juniper, sweet almond, thyme, angelica, and iris from the Provencal Gin XII, added with a touch of cinnamon, and nutmeg from Amaro Cocchi. 
 
 


LURE OF THE LAND Cocktail

Ingredients

  • .25 oz of Grande Absente
  • 1.5 oz XII Dry Gin
  • 0.5 oz Cocchi Americano
  • 0.25 oz Leopold Brothers NY Sour Apple Liqueur
  • 0.25 oz Amontillado Sherry
  • 0.5 oz Lime Juice
  • 0.25 oz Honey Syrup (2 parts honey:1 part water)
  • Dash Peychaud’s Bitters


Rinse a cocktail coupe or martini glass with .25 oz of Grande Absente 69, discard excess and set glass aside. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir. Strain up into Absente-rinsed glass. Garnish with orange ribbon and small sprig of mint.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Lavendar Honey Cake #SummerDessertWeek

This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.

By: The Food Hunter

Welcome we are coming to the end of this year's #SummerDessertWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. I hope you enjoyed all the yummy recipes so far and have entered the amazing giveaway.

Scroll down to take a look!


I am in love with the taste of Lavender Honey and have been developing a recipes for utilizing it in desserts. If you are tired of plain old cake this is a delicious way to step-up your game. Sweet, chewy, soft and crunchy, this cake has it all.  


Lavender Honey Cake
150g unblanched almond slices
200g unsalted butter
150g sugar
4 large free-range eggs
100g plain flour
100g almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
3-5 tbsp lavender honey

Heat the oven to 350°

Prepare your spring-form pan by coating with butter.

Melt the butter in a small heavy-based saucepan over a gentle heat. Pour into a large mixing bowl and add the sugar and eggs. Using an electric hand mixer on a medium speed, beat the mixture together to a smooth consistency. 

Using a large metal spoon, fold in the flours, and baking powder, and mix well. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, then remove and sprinkle the sliced almonds evenly over the top of the cake, gently pressing them in to form the top layer. Drizzle over the honey, then return to the oven and bake for a further 30-35 minutes until golden and firm to the touch. 

Let the cake cool a bit before  removing from the pan

Check out the amazing #SummerDessertWeek recipes from our bloggers today!

Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Salad from Big Bear’s Wife
Copycat Orange Julius from Semi Homemade Recipes
No Bake Raspberry Cheesecake from Eat Move Make
Birthday Crumb Cake from It’s Shanaka
Strawberry Cheesecake Poke Cake from Fake Ginger
Blueberry Muffin Cake from Blogghetti
Lemon Cheesecake Mousse from 4 Sons ‘R’ Us
No Churn Mint Chocolate Ice Cream from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Orange Creamsicle Puppy Chow from For the Love of Food
Brown Sugar Layer Cake with Peach Filling from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Smore's Ice Cream Torte from Family Around the Table
Strawberry Basil Cupcakes from Sweet Beginnings
Oreo Ice Cream Cake from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Donut Bread Pudding from Savory Experiments
Flourless Chocolate Cake from Devour Dinner
Rhubarb Crumble from Shockingly Delicious
Japanese Strawberry Shortcake from SugarYums
Raspberry Cream Pie from Cheese Curd In Paradise
Instant Pot Twix Cheesecake from Baking up Memories
Lavender Honey Cake from Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
Pineapple Upside Down Cake Dip from Sweet ReciPEAs
No Bake Key Lime Cheesecake from Comfortably Domestic
Peach Berry Eton Mess from Cookaholic Wife

PRIZE #1

Prize #1 — Dixie Crystals is giving away 1 (one) 4.2 Quart (4 Liter) Electric Air Fryer

PRIZE #2

Prize #2 — Circulon is giving away a TOTAL BAKEWARE 6-Piece Nonstick Bakeware Set - Two 9-Inch Round Cake Pans, 9-Inch Square Cake Pan, 9-Inch x 5-Inch Loaf Pan, 9-Inch x 13-Inch Rectangular Cake Pan, 10-Inch x 15-Inch Cookie Pan

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway open to US Residents 18 years or older.. All entries will be verified. No PO Boxes Please. Prizes will be sent directly from sponsors to winners, bloggers are not responsible for prizes. This giveaway runs from July 26th until July 31st at 11:59PMEST. Winners will be selected soon afterwards and contacted by e-mail. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. There are a total of 2 (two) prizes and therefore we will have a total of 2 (two) winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week long event, #SummerDessertWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals and Circulon. These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #SummerDessertWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Blueberry Cobbler #SummerDessertWeek

 This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.

 By: The Food Hunter

Welcome to this year's #SummerDessertWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. You're in for a treat this year because we have 28 blogs/bloggers creating summer themed dessert recipes all week! 

We've been sharing them with the hashtag #SummerDessertWeek on social media and you'll find some of the links in this post as well. Plus, we also have a great giveaway for you this week thanks to our amazing sponsors!

Scroll down to take a look!

Cobblers are delicious and super easy to make. I prefer them over pie when I am short on time since they come together much faster. This recipe was super easy to make and so delicious. Top it with ice cream for the perfect summer time treat! 


 

Blueberry Cobbler


1 tablespoon butter
6 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup Dixie Crystals sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon sugar 


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butter and pour into a 9 inch spring form pan.
Stir together the blueberries, 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Spoon that into the bottom of the baking dish on top of the butter.

Whisk together the flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder, salt and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Using a pastry cutter cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in the buttermilk just until the mixture is moistened. Drop the dough by rounded spoonfuls on to the blueberries. 
 
Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.

Check out the amazing #SummerDessertWeek recipes from our bloggers today!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pie from Big Bear’s Wife
Limeade Honey Fruit Salad from Semi Homemade Recipes
No Churn Cake Batter Ice Cream from 4 Sons ‘R’ Us
Twix Cookies from Devour Dinner
Strawberry Crunch Cheesecake Cones from SugarYums
Blueberry Cobbler from Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
Strawberry Shortcake Bread Pudding from Sweet ReciPEAs
Roasted Blueberry Pull-apart Loaf from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Lemon Lime Filled Cupcakes from Cookaholic Wife


PRIZE #1

Prize #1 — Dixie Crystals is giving away 1 (one) 4.2 Quart (4 Liter) Electric Air Fryer

PRIZE #2

Prize #2 — Circulon is giving away a TOTAL BAKEWARE 6-Piece Nonstick Bakeware Set - Two 9-Inch Round Cake Pans, 9-Inch Square Cake Pan, 9-Inch x 5-Inch Loaf Pan, 9-Inch x 13-Inch Rectangular Cake Pan, 10-Inch x 15-Inch Cookie Pan

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway open to US Residents 18 years or older.. All entries will be verified. No PO Boxes Please. Prizes will be sent directly from sponsors to winners, bloggers are not responsible for prizes. This giveaway runs from July 26th until July 31st at 11:59PMEST. Winners will be selected soon afterwards and contacted by e-mail. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. There are a total of 2 (two) prizes and therefore we will have a total of 2 (two) winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week long event, #SummerDessertWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals and Circulon. These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #SummerDessertWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.