Needless to say, meatballs are the comfort food of our childhood. Juicy and a little garlicky, they’re perfect with tomato sauce and pasta; or plain, served with chips and homemade mayonnaise. Nonna Rosa used to make her special garlic meatballs with three secret ingredients: freshly chopped parsley from her garden, whole wheat bread crumbs, and white pepper.
White pepper is slightly different from the black one, less spicy and strong (although they both come from the same seed, they undergo a different process), white pepper has beneficial properties that promote digestion.
When it comes to the shape, she advises not to make big balls. Some blogs recommend to shape the meat in golf-ball-sized meatballs, but this will require a longer cooking process, and while the outside could seem brown and crispy, the inside could be undercooked. Instead, always choose for a smaller size (half inch diameter will do the work).
Garlic of course is not necessary, but if you like it and you’re looking for a not too strong flavor, you can roast your garlic in the oven first and add it cooked to the mixture.
Lunar New Year Potstickers
"I like to serve my family and friends Potstickers on Chinese New Year because they symbolize prosperity and riches as the dumplings resemble gold ingots", writes chef Katie Chin on her blog. This recipe is made with pork but you could substitute with ground chicken or turkey. It’s also totally okay to use store-bought potsticker wrappers, and it's so easy to make, since you can find them in the produce section of most grocery stores.
This recipe was made by our friend and chef Franco Nesossi, he’s the owner of Pachamama Experience, a cozy kitchen located in the heart of Buenos Aires, where tourists and food lovers can experience the real essence of Argentinian cuisine.
“Pachamama means ‘mother earth’ and represents not only the earth per se but the entire ecosystem including nature and living things. As it is the nucleus in the system of beliefs among native people in most of South American tradition it represents what we want to achieve in this experience: sharing with everyone Argentine´s tradition through cooking and eating all together”.
Pretzels, Beer Steins & German Beer have become iconic symbols of a good German celebration or party. But did you know that the first recipe come from Italy? A common story for the origin of pretzels is that they were created by a monk around 610 in Italy. According to one source, the monk would bake dough strips which he would then fold into a shape that resembled a child crossing his arms in prayer “pretiola” (“little rewards”).
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