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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 oils […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 leaves (optional) 3 cups spinach, chopped ¼ cup pecorino Romano, grated fine ½ […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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) […]

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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 […]

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