Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sharing a meal with you...

Baked Lemon Ziti

from Giada ... 



Butter, for greasing the baking dish
1 pound ziti pasta
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
12 ounces pancetta, sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices, chopped


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 1/2 cups whole milk, at room temperature
Zest of 2 large lemons
3/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)
2 cups shredded mozzarella


2/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling


For the pasta: Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 13- by 9- by 2-inch glass or ceramic baking dish.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook until brown and crispy, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pancetta and drain on paper towels.

For the sauce: In a 2-quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the milk, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Add the lemon zest. Simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the Parmesan, salt and pepper.

In a large bowl, combine the cheese sauce, cooked pancetta, pasta, basil and thyme. Toss until the ingredients are coated. Stir in the lemon juice. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the mozzarella.

For the topping: In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and Parmesan.

Sprinkle the topping over the pasta mixture. Drizzle the top with olive oil and bake until the top is golden brown, 25 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and serve.

Cook's Note: The topping can be drizzled with the pancetta cooking juices in place of the olive oil.

I really want to try this recipe, I watched her make it the other day and it sounded so refreshing and new..I picked up some of the ingredients yesterday. Just need the pancetta, the mozzarella, O I just realized that I forgot the fresh Parmesan cheese well I have to pick up the others so I will just go back today..going to make it when I go home.  I really can't wait maybe tomorrow I'm not sure if I'm going home tonite Mom likes me to stay a couple of days even though I don't want to...I do it for her.
I will let you know as soon as I make it.  I think it will be nice with a nice salad. 

and I also want to try which I think will be the perfect ending to this meal.

Ina Gardner's German chocolate cup cakes

12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
²/³ cup granulated sugar
²/³ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk, shaken, at room temperature
½ cup sour cream, at room temperature
2 tablespoons freshly brewed coffee
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Pernigotti
1½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Coconut Frosting (recipe follows)

For the Coconut Frosting
12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) unsalted butter
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
1¼ cups light brown sugar, lightly packed
4 extra-large egg yolks
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon pure almond extract
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup blanched sliced almonds, toasted
1 cup chopped pecans
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with 14 or 15 paper liners.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl. Lower the speed to medium, add the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, and coffee. In a third bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, add the buttermilk and flour mixtures alternately in thirds, beginning with the buttermilk and ending with the flour. Don’t overmix! Fold the batter a few times with a rubber spatula to be sure it’s mixed.

Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners. (I use a 2-inch ice cream scoop.) Bake in the center of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from the pans, and allow to cool completely before frosting.

For the Coconut Frosting
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the evaporated milk, brown sugar, and egg yolks and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for about 15 minutes, until slightly thickened. If the mixture looks a bit curdled, beat it vigorously with a whisk. Off the heat, stir in the vanilla extract, almond extract, coconut, almonds, pecans, and salt. Allow to cool for about an hour. Frost the cupcakes with a knife or small metal spatula. 
I hope this is a good menu for you and you give it a try cause I intend to ..Wishing you a most lovely Wednesday filled with love and happiness.............
with love Janice

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