Anna Klinger’s Malfatti (Ricotta and Swiss Chard Dumplings)

Serves 6
We are extermely blessed here at Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center to be neighbots of Chef Anna Klinger and Al Di La. Her Malfatti Dumplings are divine and renown throughout New York City and beyond.
Ingredients
1 pound ricotta
4 bunches Swiss Chard, stemmed, chopped and blanched
2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter (1 stick softened)
¼ cup flour
½ [...]

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Baked Gnocchi with Butternut Squash & Bacon in a Sage Cream Sauce

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pound Potato Gnocchi, cooked (recipe follows)
1½ cups butternut squash, roasted, peeled and cubed small
3 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
1 cup purple or Tuscan kale, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped fine
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
3 tablespoons butter, cubed
Salt
Pepper
Nutmeg, freshly grated

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large mixing bowl combine [...]

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Fresh Herb Pappardelle with Summer Beans, Tomatoes & Fresh Herbs

Serves 6
Ingredients
¼ cup each basil, parsley, mint, tarragon, marjoram, chopped
Plus an additional 1 tablespoon of each for the sprinkle
Olive oil
Pinch of dried crushed red pepper
2 large garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups fresh summer shelling beans, shelled and cooked until tender
1 small fennel bulb sliced thin
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (plus 1 tablespoon reserved for garnish)
2 [...]

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Hand Pounded Pesto

Pesto, simply translated means pounded. It is one of the Lingurian regions most prized ingredients and traditionally hand pounded. Today many use food processors or blenders but you can still find devoted traditionalists who hand pound it proving that the taste is still superior with this method due to the increase of released essential [...]

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Italian Fig Soda

Ingredients
5 ripe black figs, ripe, sweet and quartered
½ cup turbinado sugar
1 cup water
Soda water
Ice
Directions
Place water, sugar and figs in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a few more minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool. Blend the mixture in a blender and strain through a [...]

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Lavender Fig Compote

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
1 pound fresh black figs, ripe & sweet, de-stemmed & chopped
1 cup lavender syrup
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
Directions
Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring often for about 1 hour. [...]

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Nissa’s Lasagna

Makes one large lasagna

Ingredients

Olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 medium yellow, onions, chopped small
2 medium carrots, chopped small
2 medium green zucchini, chopped small
1 cup broccoli florets, cut super small
4 medium tomatoes, chopped small
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine (2 tablespoons reserved)
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine (2 [...]

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Potato Gnocchi

Makes 2 pounds Gnocchi
Ingredients
2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and baked
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
Directions
Mash the potatoes and push through a ricer or food mill. Place the smooth potatoes in a mound on a cutting board. Drizzle a little more than half the egg and sprinkle half the flour over the [...]

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Prebuggiun per la Pasqualina (Spinach & Herb Fresh Pasta Pie)

Serves 6-9
Ingredients
Lingurian Pasta (3 cups flour, 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon salt, made into a pliable dough)
Linguarian Prebuggiun Mixture
1 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped
4 borage [...]

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Prosecco with Lovage Syrup

Ingredients
½ cup lovage leaves and more for garnish
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Sparkling wine
Lemon peel
Directions

Place water, sugar and lovage leaves in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a few more minutes. Take off heat and allow to cool. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Bottle and refrigerate.
*To [...]

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Salsa Verde

Makes 1 cup
Ingredients
3 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped fine
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Directions
In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients and let stand for ten minutes before serving.

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Spicy Italian Sausage Baked with Tomatoes & Potatoes

Serves 6 (makes 6-9 sausages)
INGREDIENTS
For the Sausage
2 pounds pork butt, cubed into ½-inch cubes
½ pound pork fat, slab bacon, or fatback
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon [...]

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Stewed Squid with Salsa Verde

Serves 6
Ingredients
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 pounds fresh squid, cleaned and sliced thick
6-8 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 cup chickpeas, cooked
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup white wine
Salsa Verde for serving (recipe follows)
Directions
In a large sauté pan, heat [...]

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter Sauce and Shaved Chestnuts

Serves 8
Ingredients
3 (1¼ lbs) Yukon gold potatoes
1 (¾ lb) sweet potato
1½ to 2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
1 large egg
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
Salt
Freshly ground pepper
1⁄3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano plus more for serving
½ stick unsalted butter
1 cup sage leaves (from 1 bunch)
Roasted chestnuts, shaved
Directions
Preheat oven to 450°F. Pierce russet and sweet potatoes in [...]

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Sweet Ricotta Gnocchi with Dates, Walnuts & Honey Cream

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 pound ricotta, drained overnight
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pinch of cinnamon
1 cup flour
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup milk
½ cup honey
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup dates, chopped
½ cup walnuts, chopped
Cinnamon, freshly grated
Directions
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients and mix until a smooth and pillowy dough has formed. Divide the dough into 5 [...]

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