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Pasta with Fresh Lemon and Basil

This exquisite lemon pasta is prepared by lightly sautéing the garlic in a good quality olive oil with the fragrant zest of a lemon. It is an easy first course dish to prepare, especially in the summer.  What makes this dish distinct is that the juice of one lemon is added to the boiling pasta water to enhance the flavor of the pasta.  Additionally, some of lemon flavored pasta water can be used as an ingredient and added to...

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Pasta with Tomatoes and Golden Breadcrumbs

Pasta first courses are a main event in an Italian household. This is a simple unpretentious dish topped with hot toasted breadcrumbs.  Toasted breadcrumbs over pasta dishes are common in Southern Italian cooking, especially in hard times when people could not afford cheese. Chef Alba

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Burrata and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Burrata (buttered in Italian), originated in Andrea, Puglia, Italy, in 1956 by Lorenzo Bianchino, a well-known local landowner and dairy farmer. Because winter of 1956 had extreme heavy snow, if was difficult to transport dairy products.  Lorenzo had the brilliant idea of creating a kind of protective flask to conserve cream.  So, he used mozzarella to envelope the cream and keep it safe from the cold. This is when the famous burrata of Andrea was born.  Burrata is a...

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