Have you ever made pasta with vodka sauce? It's a velvety creamy tomato sauce that happens to be cooked with a splash of vodka, which remarkably makes this simple sauce taste simply sublime.
Typically pasta alla vodka is made with penne pasta. For this version we are adding in some fresh shrimp, to make the dish more of a main course, and using fettuccine pasta. We've also added a touch of lemon zest because it works with so well with shrimp, and along with the vodka helps brighten this creamy sauce.
The best thing about cold weather? It's the best excuse to make a big pot of soup or stew! This recipe is an Italian take on our standby cabbage soup. More a stew than a soup, it uses Savoy cabbage (you could also use Napa cabbage), which is milder than regular cabbage, Italian sausage, white beans, fresh parsley, and Parmesan cheese.
Looking for fun and easy chocolate dessert experience? Make chocolate fondue!
My friend Garrett taught me how to make this years ago. It's a great way to make dessert a more interactive experience. Everyone gets to choose their own "dip-able" fruit—whether it's strawberries, bananas, or marshmallows, and it's incredibly easy to make. Only needs three ingredients—chocolate, cream, and a pinch of salt.
You can add extra flavors to the chocolate too, like some peppermint extract for peppermint chocolate fondue, or cinnamon and chili for a Mexican spin, or Amaretto or Bailey's Irish cream for a more grown up version.
Chicken and mushrooms naturally love each other, especially with a creamy sauce. This recipe is quick and easy, and uses just a little bit of cream to pull everything together. Most of the flavor comes from the chicken and mushrooms themselves, with help from shallots and tarragon.
Guacamole, a dip made from avocados, is originally from Mexico. The name is derived from two Aztec Nahuatl words—ahuacatl (avocado) and molli (sauce).
All you really need to make guacamole is ripe avocados and salt. After that, a little lime or lemon juice—a splash of acidity to balance the richness of the avocado. Then comes chopped cilantro, chiles, onion, and tomato, if you want.