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Monday, February 21, 2011

Presidents. Day, Jefferson & Tortino di Pappardelle

Happy Presidents' Day! it is no secret that one of my favorite Presidents was Thomas Jefferson! he was a Renaissance  man, far ahead of his time, and the person responsible for bringing some of the first formal Italian langauge programs to Universities. He was also a true connoisseur of  Italian wines, architecture and food. He brought the first 'maccherroni' machine to the USA from a trip to Naples.. So in honor of The Prez and a day to celebrate all Presidents here is a recipe for wine and pasta that I know he would have loved. There is historical  documentation at Monticello (Jefferson's restored residence, now a museum)  that shows that he frequently purchased  Nebbiolo wines from Italy for his dinners

Tortino di Pappardelle

4 zucchini flowers
2 zucchii flowers for decoration
1 onion
2 tblsps extra virgin olive oil
1 lb of pappardelle pasta
1 tblsp nebbiolo
1 tblsp butter
1 small packet saffron
1.5 ounces cream
salt and pepper to taste

Place oilve oil in saute pan, warm and add in chopped onion. Saute till just golden. Add in zucchini flowers and wine. Saute for 3 minutes. One moinute before removing from heat add in saffron and cream.Place pappardelle in salted, boiling water. Cook till al dente. Drain
Place in cream sauce. Butter a ceramic or aluminum round casserole dish. Place in pasta. Place in  pre heated oven to 400 degres oven for 3 minutes. Remove ,decorate with zucchini flowers. Serve this with a Nebbiolo wine.

For more great recipes get yor ucopy of the book seected for the Gourmand Word Cookbook Awards-
The Basic Art of Italian  Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions-2nd edition

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