Canal House Cooking, Volume 7: La Dolce Vita by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton

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  • Chocolate chestnut torte

    • monica107 on January 17, 2014

      This was time consuming, but exceptional. It is naturally gluten free, so it's a great option if you need to consider that dietary restriction - you can still please everyone and it will taste exactly how it's supposed to taste, not like an "adjusted" version of the original. It was definitely worth the effort and you can (and should) make it ahead of time.

  • Vin santo-poached pears with Gorgonzola dolce

    • apattin on December 16, 2018

      Used Moscato. Recipe has way too much lemon.

  • Warm salad of radicchio and white beans

    • anniemac on October 02, 2016

      I was looking for a bitter side dish for a butternut squash lasagne, and this was a good choice. Creamy beans and bitter greens!

  • Risotto alla Certosina

    • twoyolks on July 20, 2014

      The rice is very good. I ran out of stock towards the end and had to substitute the remainder as water. Instead of just cooking the shrimp in the stock, I'd consider sauteing them quickly in butter for a bit more flavor.

  • Tummala di risotto e spinaci

    • twoyolks on July 06, 2016

      This was pretty good. The Italian sausage really adds a lot of flavor. This was a lot less rich than I was expecting, but in a good way. I used frozen spinach that I defrosted. I also believe the recipe calls for 1 cup of cooked spinach not 1 cup of raw spinach but the recipe isn't particularly clear; using 1 cup of cooked spinach worked well. I used a souffle dish to bake it in but the top layer of rice ended up sticking to the bottom of the dish when I inverted it.

  • Squid and potatoes

    • twoyolks on August 27, 2018

      The squid was very good and the marinade worked well. The potatoes also went well with this and were easy to cook while the squid was grilling. However, all of my onions burned. So be careful with the heat for the potatoes and onions.

  • Cold capon salad

    • twoyolks on January 01, 2019

      I liked this a lot more than I was expecting to. I was particularly surprised by how well the golden raisins went with the rest of the salad. This is basically just an Italian version of chicken salad and the capon could easily be replaced by chicken.

  • Apple cake

    • chawkins on October 03, 2013

      This is okay. I had to bake it longer than called for even in my little counter top over. For an apple cake with no cinnamon, I prefer Marie-Hélène's apple cake from Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table.

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  • All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

    ...rented a farmhouse with a kitchen in Tuscany in order to immerse themselves in Italian home cooking. They observed local cooks and used local ingredients. This book is the result of their trip.

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  • ISBN 10 1453219439
  • ISBN 13 9781453219430
  • Published Jan 17 2012
  • Format eBook
  • Page Count 128
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Canal House
  • Imprint Canal House

Publishers Text

The Canal House Cooking series is a seasonal collection of our favorite recipes—home cooking by home cooks for home cooks. With a few exceptions, we use ingredients that are readily available and found in most markets in most towns throughout the United States. All the recipes are easy to prepare, all completely doable for the novice and experienced cook alike. We want to share with you as fellow cooks, our love of food and all its rituals. The everyday practice of simple cooking and the enjoyment of eating are two of the greatest pleasures in life.

This volume celebrates the bounty of fall and the festive holiday season with delicious Italian dishes, some classic, some reinterpreted Canal House style.

A subscription to Canal House Cooking can be made at The Canal House website.



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