Italian Food and Wine – It’s a New Year

2013 Here We Are!

We hope you all had a very enjoyable holiday season and got to cook and eat a lot of real tasty food. Hopefully, you tried some of my recipes. My mate Betty this time of year is in a letdown state after the excitement of preparing for the holidays: shopping, cooking, baking and socializing.

Minestrone

Mozzarella in Carrozza

In the middle of the winter our taste buds automatically gravitate to comfort foods that make us feel warm and fuzzy. I know that I recall family recipes and where and whom I was with when I enjoyed them. After spending the day outside tracking game in the snow, at my grandfather’s farmhouse in upstate New York, he and I always looked forward to a dish of Grandma’s Minestrone. This is classified as a big soup, chock full of vegetables and guaranteed to warm your body and soul.

We have many yummy hot appetizers recipes to warm your appetite. What could be more mouth watering than Crispy Wrapped Asparagus, Calamari Fritti, Involtini di Cavallo, or Mozzarella in Carrozza. All you need is a bottle of your favorite wine.

We enjoy Risotto year round; however it is a satisfying cold weather dish, particularly with our game dishes.  I recall risotto dishes and recipes from my grandparents and my father’s midtown restaurant. Two of the dishes that I am fond of are Leeks and Mushroom Risotto and Rissotto di Parma. They bath accommodate wild game dished very well and delicious alone.

Come back for more of our seasonal recipes and entertaining tips.

Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches Recipe – Mozzarella in carrozza

Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches Recipe Mozzarella in carrozza

Homemade Minestrone Soup

A delicious minestrone soup recipe, perfect for a quick and budget-friendly meal! Full recipe and tips at hilahcooking.com HILAH COOKING: New Episodes Every Tuesday and Thursday! – - – - – - – - – - – Subscribe on YouTube (never miss a video!) www.yo…