Posted by Anna Mintz on June 30th, 2012
We’re about halfway through the current season of The Bachelorette, and I’m loving it so much that last Monday, I invited some of my best girlfriends over to watch the show and enjoy a home-cooked meal. I knew that I would be coming straight from work on Monday and wouldn’t have a lot of time to put together a dinner, so I searched for a recipe that I could make ahead of time. I found the perfect dish in this recipe for Baked Orzo with Fontina and Peas from Giada’s Kitchen (Clarkson Potter, 2008) by Giada De Laurentiis.
Posted by Anna Mintz on January 13th, 2012
Last week, a good friend suggested that a few of us get together and cook dinner on Saturday night to catch up. Always excited to try out a new recipe, I quickly volunteered my roommate Nicole to prepare the main course with me. We decided we’d make a pasta, our friend Kristen would make a salad, and Elizabeth would handle the wine. Whenever I make a pasta, my first instinct is to turn to Giada De Laurentiis, and I found a great recipe in her book Giada’s Kitchen (Clarkson Potter, 2008) for Tagliatelle with Smashed Peas, Sausage, and Ricotta Cheese. It sounded like the perfect pasta for a cold winter night.
Posted by Anna Mintz on August 20th, 2011
This past Saturday, while perusing the stalls of fresh produce at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, I stumbled upon a huge tower of perfectly ripe cantaloupes. The combination of hot, sticky weather and the juicy-cool melon inspired me to take a stab at a new spin on a classic summer flavor combo: Prosciutto and Melon Soup from Giada De Laurentiis’s Giada’s Kitchen: New Italian Favorites (Clarkson Potter, 2008).