Arancini (Risotto Balls)


In Italian, this recipe is called “little oranges,” since the balls resemble oranges once fried. All I can say is that this is the ultimate way to make leftover risotto totally new again. Most of the recipes I saw used a cube of cheese in the center to make these even more decadent. The cheese isn’t totally needed because I left it out and it was still delicious. I got reminded of hushpuppies by the smell of these babies frying. My advice is to not make them too big, large golf balls is what you’re aiming for. And definitely don’t skip any of the coating steps. I rolled one is breadcrumbs without egg and flour for experimentation and it totally fell apart in the frying pan.

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Vegetable Risotto


Okay going into this, I did not realize how easy yet exhausting risotto is. It’s basically rice with broth stirred in, but it’s stirred, stirred, stirred in. I’m talking about 30 minutes of constant stirring. Plus grating parmesan is always a pain in the neck. Maybe it seems more exhausting than it really is because I was holding Ellie the whole time. All I’m saying is, enter this recipe with an open mind and strong arms!

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Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca


Translated from Italian, this dish is “whore’s pasta.” Different sources say different things, but my favorite reason behind the name is that since all of the ingredients can come from the pantry or the back of your fridge, it’s a dish for lazy whores. So it’s good enough for me! Traditionally it has some anchovies, but I don’t have any, so vegan it is! You can replace the fresh tomato and tomato paste for half a can of diced tomatoes. You can also leave the red pepper flakes if you don’t like spicey food, or double the amount if are like me!

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Easy Homemade Pizza


Good homemade pizza is all about the crust. I made my own pizza crust for the first time as a teenager, but it never seemed as good as the store bought or fast food version. I think it was because I was trying to make “American style” pizza crust. And unless you have a lab in your kitchen filled with industrial chemicals, chances are no pizza you make at home will ever taste like dominos or pizza hut. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make pizza that tastes even better. The best pizza I ever tasted was on a beach in Italy about two years ago. It was there where I realized what pizza SHOULD taste like. Pizza should not have thick bready crust. It should be thin and chewy and crispy. To make authentic Italian pizza crust, all you need is flour, salt, water, yeast, and a touch of olive oil. NO SUGAR, don’t even think about it. It doesn’t need it. Save the sugar for the tiramisu.

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