Hi.

I live in northeastern Florida and I moved here from Puget Sound, Washington.   I have always been interested in cooking, from the day I married. I have gone through many cooking phases: bread, pasta, no flour, no grains, all grains, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, meat, meatless, but always come back to basic, traditional food, and try to stay out of the middle aisles of the grocery store.  

I would like to encourage people to cook at home. I believe that families need to be well fed. Cooking should result in some pleasure for the cook, either in the actual cooking or the pleasure of having others eating your food.   Cook on. 

Orecchiette, Tomatoes and Ricotta

Orecchiette, Tomatoes and Ricotta

The River Cafe is a restaurant in London that I think still exists.  It was run by two retired fashion models, Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers, who were madly in love with Italian food.  They opened the River Cafe.  The restaurant served very simple Italian food with, as you might guess, great ingredients.  When their cookbooks came out, a lot of people said,   “Why would you publish something like this?  The recipes are so simple, I could have thought the recipe up myself”. But here is the deal, no one else talked to the Italian grandmothers who were likely cooking this common recipe all over  Puglia.

 This recipe is from their book ITALIAN TWO EASY.
- Cherry tomatoes 12 oz.  or cut up regular ripe tomatoes
- garlic clove
- Parmesan 2 0z. 
- Basil leaves 3 Tablespoons
- Olive oil 1 tablespoon
- Ricotta  scant 1 cup
- Orecchiette 11 oz.  

Cut the tomatoes into pieces and squeeze out the juice.  Peel and finely chop the garlic.  Grate the Parmesan.  Wash and chop the basil.  Combine the tomatoes and  garlic, and season with salt and pepper.  Marinate 15 minutes.  Measure out the ricotta.  

Cook the orecchiette according to package instructions and then drain.  Put the tomato mixture in the orecchiette pot and heat a little.  Add the pasta and then the ricotta. Mix together.  Add the Parmesan.  

Yesterday I made this  wonderful dish and I can’t wait to have it again.  Make this before the cool fall weather arrives.  

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Make Pork Carnitas in Your Slow Cooker

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