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Detail of Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Simple Italian Dinner for Four
by Wen Zientek-Sico

This menu will bring all the wonderful Italian flavors of Spring together for a great menu that breaks away from the typical hearty Italian winter fare we have been enjoying. This menu is kid friendly and vegetarian.

Simple Italian Dinner for Four

Quick preparation time and no fuss recipes mix for a simple dinner menu inspired by the freshness of Spring and Italian themes. Try this kid friendly menu the next time you need a quick informal dinner. If you do not want to have a vegetarian meal, add some grilled Italian sausages for an easy main course.

Italian Salad
Garlic Bubble Ring
Baked Rigatoni with Spinach, Ricotta, and Fontina

Serves 4, recipes can be scaled if needed.

Menu Notes: Informal, Easy, Quick Preparation, Quick Cooking Time
Wine Recommendations: A very mild wine, preferably white. A delicate Chardonnay or Chablis would be perfect.
Book Recommendations:
Every Night Italian Cover Every Night Italian : 120 Simple Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 45 Minutes or Less by Giuliano Hazan
These 120 excellent Italian influenced recipes are quick and easy to make and full of wonder flavor. The book is well designed and laid out, with useful information about ingredients and techniques. All of the recipes fall into Hazan's philosophy, which is best described by this quote from his book: "Satisfying food does not have to be complex or take a long time to prepare. Often the simpler it is the better it tastes, and simplicity is what Italian cooking is all about." Don't miss the recipe for the superb Linguine with Shrimp and Cream…it alone is worth the price of the book.
Product Recommendations:
The Sopranos - The Complete First Season (1999)
What better to go with a quick and easy Italian style dinner than an evening with the Sopranos? If you missed the show, or don't have cable like us, make sure to pick up this DVD with all of the episodes from the first season. This show is good enough to have on DVD to enjoy over and over again. You can also check out some neat trailers on the above site as well for the DVD collection. Rather have it on video? Get it here.

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