All posts filed under: Italian

Ricotta Gnocchi

The tricks to the Serious Eats method include pressing out the ricotta on layers of paper towel to pull out the excess moisture and measuring out the ingredients exactly using a scale. This helps to ensure that the gnocchi don’t end up gummy and doughy.

Bar Bricco

Bar Bricco 10347 Jasper Avenue Edmonton, AB Tucked in right next to Corso 32 is Bar Bricco, Daniel Costa’s latest gift to the Edmonton Food Scene. Just like Corso 32, blink and you’ll miss it. In fact, I walked right past it the first time and then had to do one of those weird stares right into the window to make sure I was going into the right place. It was 7 pm on a Saturday night and I was meeting my friend Allie for dinner. Bar Bricco doesn’t take reservations and seeing as it is associated with one of Edmonton’s hottest restaurants, I wasn’t feeling great about our chances of getting in. Turned out I was wrong. Bar Bricco was busy, but Allie had been able to find us a place at the bar fairly easily. I expect that this phenomena will not last long as news of Bar Bricco begins to spread. Bar Bricco has an extensive wine list offering some 3 oz, 6 oz and 9 oz glasses, as well as many …

Hank’s Haute Dogs

This year, I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday while on vacation in Hawaii. I must say, it feels pretty great to wake up on your birthday to breakfast on the lanai. All you need is a piece of toast smothered in Guava Jelly, some POG juice and a cup of Kona coffee to enjoy while it turns to dawn on the Pacific… now that’s the way to start a birthday! We spent the morning on a walking tour of Honolulu, put on by the Architects Institute of America. The tour was actually quite interesting and a really good way to get a feel for the city and it’s rich history. Hank’s Haute Dogs 324 Coral Street Honolulu, HI After the tour we made the quick drive to Hank’s Haute Dogs which offers a creative take on the All-American favourite, the hot dog. Hank’s is a cute little place just off of Ala Moana Blvd, but away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. There are a couple of stools along the counter inside, but most …

12 Posts of Christmas – Dad’s Lasagna

He might not do a lot of cooking. He might not be Italian. He might not make all the elements of the recipe from scratch. But my dad makes the world’s best lasagna. I thought it would be fun to share some of my family’s favourite, most delicious recipes as part of this year’s 12 Posts of Christmas and the first recipe is my dad’s lasagna. He usually only makes his lasagna about once a year and usually it’s around Christmas. It’s meaty, cheesy and, best of all, vegetable free. That’s my kind of Italian food! 🙂 Dad’s Lasagna – 750 mL cottage cheese – 1 package of Johnsonville Italian sausage meat (mild or hot, depending on your taste) – 1 pound of ground beef – 750 grams Mozzarella – 250 grams Pecorino Romano – 250 grams Parmesan – about 1 and half large jugs (1.2 L) of Ragu tomato sauce – 1 box of Lasagna Noodles – Olive Oil 1. In a large skillet, add a small drizzle of olive oil. Then, add in …

Enzo’s on 76

Enzo’s on 76 11214 76 Avenue Edmonton, AB I’d started a post a couple of weeks ago to mark the milestone of my 100th post. Well, that was all fine and well, but then suddenly when I thought my life couldn’t get any busier, it did! In the most wonderful, exciting way mind you, but still, busy. More on that later. 🙂 A few weeks ago I met up with my friend Jenn for dinner on a random Thursday night. I owed her a dinner out and suggested a few new restaurants. She decided on Enzo’s and I happily agreed. Yum, more Italian food! We met up after work at about 5:30 and the restaurant was about half full. It’s right in the middle of the McKernan neighbourhood and has a wonderful, warm and inviting atmosphere. It definitely felt like a neighbourhood place. It had been kind of a crazy week for me, so I immediately went to the wine list and we decided to share a half litre of the House Red. As I found …