Italy is known for food but its dishes don’t have to be difficult to prepare. The simple, wholesome ingredients make these Italian dishes easy and famously delicious. Thanks to my friend Chiara for translating her family recipes for me and also teaching me that tiramisu literally means “pick-me-up.” No wonder with all of the coffee inside!

Chiara’s Tiramisu

Yields 6 portions
Use a 5″x7″ pan or a square cake pan

500 grams fresh Mascarpone
4 Egg Yolks
100 grams Sugar
1 shot of Rum (optional)
Lady Finger Cookies

Mix the yolk and sugar together. Stir until mixture is all yellow. Add mascarpone and mix until creamy. Add rum (optional).

Prepare the coffee, add a dash of sugar and let cool a bit. Quickly dip cookies into the coffee until they soften and absorb the flavor.

Layer the pan with the soaked cookies. Make the next layer the moscarpone mixture. Repeat.

Sprinkle cocoa on top. Refrigerate for 2 hours and then serve.

Giampieretti’s Risotto

Serves 4 people

1 liter Vegetable Broth
300 grams Large Grain Rice
60 grams Butter, divided
30 grams Parmesan
2 pinches of powdered Saffron
40 grams Chopped Onion
1.5 tablespoons of dry White Wine

Prepare the broth strongly. Put the saffron in a cup and add a bit of broth just to soak the saffron. Set aside

Put cut onion in a pot with half of the butter and cook over light heat until transparent. Stir in the rice. Add the white wine and turn the heat up to cook out the alcohol. Add one ladel of broth and stir. Add more broth gradually on and off for about 10 minutes to keep the rice moist and cooking. 5 minutes before the rice is done cooking, add the safron which is mixed with a bit of broth.

When all is done, add the butter and parmesan. Buon Appetito!

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