I have been trawling through blogs lately. Looking for recipes and checking out what people are cooking or baking out there. As I wrote about before, I noticed a lot of people put up their "daily" recipes or at least I would classify those as daily meals so I decided to put up some myself. My brother recently sent me Stanley Tucci's cookbook, "The Tucci Cookbook". It's a great cookbook and I highly recommend it. I can't wait to tackle lots of recipes! He sent me the book and a special cooking vessel for one special recipe that we have been making for years every Christmas. The timpano. My sister and I saw this in the movie The Big Night and have done our best to re-create this wonderful dish. After trial and error we came up with what we all enjoy thoroughly and has become a tradition for us. My brother saw the recipe in The Tucci Cookbook and ordered a special vessels especially for this recipe and now I have a real recipe for this dish! He was excited to try this for a special visit soon but have I mentioned that the temperature is in the 90's here in So Flo?? Oh yea, with a heat index of 105!! that's Farenheit! I just can't stop complaining about this heat.
Anyway, the timpano will wait until December and cooler temps but I did go through the book and select something that I thought would be simple enough even for me. Page 137 has a recipe for ziti with broccoli and I had these ingredients around the house! well it turned out great! very clean, simple and fresh that is perfect for this weather. Here is a pic of my first attempt and I just say it looks just like the one in the book!
Even though I consider these "everyday" recipes I think they are pretty great and now understand why people blog them.