Giada DeLaurentiis’ Everyday Pasta

by Cate on April 17, 2007

New cookbooks are starting to hit bookshelves lately and although I’m trying to be more choosy when adding to my collection, I did pick up Giada DeLaurentiis’ Everyday Pasta. Don’t let the name of the cookbook fool you – there are plenty of non-pasta dishes included in the cookbook as well. Parmesan Popovers, Cornbread Panzanella, Turkey Antipasto Salad, Fried Zucchini, Champagne Risotto, Tuscan White Bean and Garlic Soup, Sauteed Spinach with Red Onion, and Asparagus with Vin Santo Vinaigrette are a few examples. Now obviously the majority of the cookbook is filled with pasta recipes, but I thought it an important note nonetheless.

It’s 240 pages of color photographs and over 100 recipes. Pictures of Giada, the dishes, and even her husband fill the cookbook, and she’s done well in revisiting the classics we know and love, as well as introducing us to new dishes. One of our favorite dishes, Cinnamon Pancetta Carbonara, made the cut as well. Check it out when you get a chance – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

What’s on tap for this week … tomorrow is ARF/5-A-Day Tuesday. If you haven’t had a chance to join in this one, there’s still time.

On Wednesday, I’m turning Sweetnicks over to guest posters. The Neighbors are taking over … they’ll be taking turns, alternating between the two of them, and The Neighbor Wife is up to bat first. I hear the topic is going to be non-food, so we’ll be changing things up a bit. And hey, if you fancy taking a whack at writing a blog post and want a guest spot, drop me a line. I’m sure The Neighbors will want a break. ;)

And then … vacation! We’re leaving Thursday and will be back Monday. Just a short one this time. I haven’t decided if we’re going to do a “Where in the World is Sweetnicks” like we have in the past, because this destination will be more of a challenge for me to keep you guys guessing. We’ll see.

Lastly, before I forget… since we’ll be out of town on Sunday, Stephanie from Dispensing Happiness has graciously agreed to host this weekend’s edition of Weekend Dog Blogging, so if you decide to join in, send your links to her here.

A year ago today… Easter!
Two years ago today… lunch with my sister – I completely forgot about those potatoes – delicious stuff.

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Claire April 17, 2007 at 4:09 am

Cornbread panzanella…sounds interesting. I’ve actually never even had panzanella but it’s always LOOKED good. Cornbread version sounds even better! Maybe you should try that one! ;-)


Cate April 17, 2007 at 8:58 pm

You’ve never tried Panzanella? We have to work on that. ;) I haven’t tried any of Giada’s, but Tyler Florence’s is a really good one to start with. I’ll make you a deal – you try one, and I’ll try the cornbread one from Giada. ;)


Brilynn April 18, 2007 at 1:09 am

I just got this book, I’ll have to give your suggestions a try!


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