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 Post subject: Nonna's Italian Kitchen
PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:29 pm 
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I love Bryanna books/recipes normally but this is one book I haven't made anything out of other than the breast of tofu. I have a hard time getting excited about Italian food but that's probably just because I lack experience with it.

Is there anything you LOVED from this book?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:00 pm 
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My favorites are the pizza dough, eggplant caponata, pasta alla norma and oven "chicken" stew. Everything I've made out of this book turns out good, but those stand out in my mind.

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I always use her pasta dough recipe (mainly for ravioli) and techniques, they always work out well. And we love the microwave risotto; it's not quite as delicious as stovetop risotto, but it is fabulously easy and makes a nice meal with some veggies. A pregan favorite of mine was rice balls (arancini), and there's a recipe for using the microwave risotto to make these!


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I love this book, it's one of my all time favorites. I love the breast of tofu and all the variations, especially the lemon and rosemary tofu. The pasta is amazing--the texture is crazy good--especially if you have a pasta machine to roll it out with. The pizza dough is excellent. The tiramisu is yumpy, though i think i had to double the genoise when i made it. i'm sure there are balls somewhere in the book that i like, i usually gravitate towards balls. The ricotta is yummy.

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I've made two different versions of the lasagne now and they were both delicious, the best vegan lasagne I've had so far. I really liked the breast of tofu as well. I've made a couple other recipes but I can't remember the names right now, they were bean recipes and really good, I think one of them was Peasants Beans (or something..). I find it's hard to get motivated to cook something out of this book as there aren't any pictures and a nice few recipes require you to make 2 or 3 other recipes first. I think of it as a weekend book, but the recipes are great!

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The lasagna bolognese al forno is the BEST vegan lasagna I've ever had and the only one I make now. The coffee sorbet is a summertime staple.


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years ago, i made a easter torta type layered thing that was a bit of an afternoon, but amazing.

i like the fruit sorbets and the biscotti and the almond moundy cookies (if i call them macaroons or macarons i'll probably be wrong, but they reminded me of one of those).


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and the baked beans with sage and lemon- amazing, easy, yes.


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I absolutely adore the cream of cabbage soup, both with the silken tofu "cream" and with the cashew cream variation. I think it may be my favorite soup pretty much ever.

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Thank you so much everyone for the recommendations! I'm going to have some fun with this book this weekend.


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 Post subject: Re: Nonna's Italian Kitchen
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vijita wrote:
Thank you so much everyone for the recommendations! I'm going to have some fun with this book this weekend.

This is going to be my optional cookbook for the first wildcard week in the cookbook challenge. I just got it, too.


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mollyjade wrote:
vijita wrote:
Thank you so much everyone for the recommendations! I'm going to have some fun with this book this weekend.

This is going to be my optional cookbook for the first wildcard week in the cookbook challenge. I just got it, too.

Good idea! I'll join you!


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 Post subject: Re: Nonna's Italian Kitchen
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kittee said "i usually gravitate towards balls."

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:23 pm 
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Thanks for starting this thread! I've had the book for ages and haven't made anything besides the pasta dough. I think a lot of it has intimidated me by looking really involved. I want to make the lasagna and calzones and I think there is some kind of walnut sauce for pasta? Man everything looks so good.


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 Post subject: Re: Nonna's Italian Kitchen
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:42 pm 
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I got this book a couple of weeks ago and haven't cooked anything out of it yet. Boyfriend has just informed me that we've been invited to a Godfather-themed potluck on Sunday night, so this seems like a good opportunity to make something to take along. Wise PPK, what should I take? It needs to be easy to reheat there and good enough to blow some omni minds. I'm planning on tiramisu (either the recipe from here or Urban Vegan), but I need a main too, lest I eat salad all night.

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 Post subject: Re: Nonna's Italian Kitchen
PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:48 am 
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Any other suggestions for favorites from this book? I've had it for years and never really cooked from it because every recipe that stands out to me seems to require me to make three other recipes first. I've heard that Bryanna's food is great, and I'm trying to break my cookbook buying addiction by using some of the others I already have.

Please help, what should I make that doesn't take 3 hours to prep and cook?


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 Post subject: Re: Nonna's Italian Kitchen
PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 8:19 pm 
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This is a greaaaat book.

The Lasagne Al Forno is frikking incredible - it is made up of delicious sub recipes though, the ragu alla bolognese (sp?), the bechamel or dairy-free white sauce, the almonzo? (parmesan), and then put all together.

The breast of tofu is fantastic, all the sauces are amazing, the vegan genoise cake was fantastic... Pasta per mimi, brian's wine free mushroom sauce.. I haven't got it here so can't think of everything, but it really is awesome.


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 Post subject: Re: Nonna's Italian Kitchen
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I just made the scallopini cacciatore last night and it was delicious! Highly recommend making that dish.

Thanks for the other suggestions, I've marked them in my book as ones to try soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Nonna's Italian Kitchen
PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:03 pm 
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I just ordered this book, along with Vegan Diner. Getting excited...!


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 Post subject: Re: Nonna's Italian Kitchen
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I love the eggplant parmesan!


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 Post subject: Re: Nonna's Italian Kitchen
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I love everything I've made from this. The cabbage soup is yummy and her fresh pasta recipe works really well. I also love her pizza dough recipe--it's just slightly different from what I always used before but it comes out with a better crispy outside/chewy inside texture. Last weekend I made pizza with that dough and I made the hot garlic dip too--thinned it out a little and used it as the sauce for the pizza, topped it with mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and the pepperoni topping from vegan substitutions. It was so good!


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 Post subject: Re: Nonna's Italian Kitchen
PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:54 pm 
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I have seen many people who really love this book, even I prefer this book for preparing pizza, pasta etc. Whenever I follow the instruction given in the book it will work out good for me, this is the reason why most of the time I will l rely on this book, now will look forward to prepare breast of tofu since it sounds good.

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 Post subject: Re: Nonna's Italian Kitchen
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:12 pm 
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I found this on sale a few months ago but haven't made anything yet. Thanks for renewing my interest, and just in time for MoFo!

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 Post subject: Re: Nonna's Italian Kitchen
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:38 pm 
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I've only made the lentil soup so far. It was good, but compared to other lentil soups I've made, it wasn't that special. I'm sure I'll love all the pasta dishes though. The lasagna sounds fantastic.


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 Post subject: Re: Nonna's Italian Kitchen
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Are there many recipes in here that would double and then freeze well? I really need to get a stockpile in my freezer for when the end of semester hits and I'm wondering if this may be a great place to start. Also, I'm really just kind of looking for an excuse to buy this book because I would love some Italian comfort foods. I've consistently loved Bryanna's online recipes but never gotten around to getting a book.


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