Italian

Arugula Pesto by Giada De Laurentiis

Arugula Pesto by Giada De Laurentiis

If you want to feel confident about your gardening abilities, plant arugula. When we picked up a six pack of cute little arugula plants back in early April we had no clue that they'd grow like weeds. No joke, we harvested some leaves on a Saturday morning, and went back to continue our gardening on Sunday afternoon only to see that new leaves had cropped up overnight. 

Jamie Oliver's Baby Artichoke Risotto

Jamie Oliver's Baby Artichoke Risotto

While wandering the Parisian markets, I constantly saw beautiful baby artichokes that were begging to be cooked. I love love love artichokes, and will eat them any which way they are served. For the final feast prepared in our little kitchen, I decided to make an artichoke risotto I came across by Jamie Oliver. Not exactly french food, I know. 

Basil Pesto à la Michael Chiarello

Basil Pesto à la Michael Chiarello

As I prepped for an extended vacation recently, I noticed quite a few perishable goodies in my kitchen that would go to waste. I could think of no better way to use that newly purchased basil plant (poor planning) than to make a batch of basil pesto. As far as Italian chefs go, I always know that Michael Chiarello won't lead me astray. So I grabbed the Tra Vigne Cookbook off my shelf.