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Happy birthday, Italicious!

Friday, October 16, 2009

It’s been a full year since my friend, Virginia (a.k.a. Jenny) began Italicious, a blog that chronicles the Italian (and sometimes Southern American) cooking that nourishes the charmed life she and her Neopolitan husband seem to lead. My FAVORITE thing about her blog is that she not only shares ideas for how to mix mouth watering combinations of amazing ingredients—sausage, fennel, home made pastas, dark leafy greens, saffron, cheese, etc.—but she’ll often include next-day recipes for how to recycle the leftovers, old school Italian style. And you know how we love to recycle! Recently, she added an entire “Reused, Recycled” page to the site to cull these recipes in one place. Check. It. Out.

Crochette di Riso via Italicious

Crochette di Riso via Italicious

Pictured above are tasty rice balls made from leftover risotto. You may remember the zero waste pasta pie featured here before. SUCH amazing stuff. Happy birthday, Italicious!

Zero Waste Pasta

Sunday, February 15, 2009
Frittata di Maccheroni

Frittata di Maccheroni

My sister and I share an apartment, but rarely share meals.  When we do, they alternate between Thai take-out and pesto pasta.  The former, even if you implore the restaurant to include NO UTENSILS, creates an ethically uncomfortable amount of waste (and leads to bickering as I, in obnoxious big sister fashion, police the trash can and recycling bag to make sure packaging ends up in its proper place).  The latter leads to heartbreaking food waste.  Neither of the sisters Darabi is capable of making just the right amount of pasta.  Inevitably, we end up with a dry lump of basil-flecked noodles in the fridge, where it lives optimistically for a week until our biweekly purge.

Luckily, I know a pasta expert.  My friend Virginia has an amazing food blog called Italicious where she recently posted the perfect solution to left-over noodles: Frittata di Maccheroni. Those crafty Neopolitans.  It’s resourcefulness like this that must have seen them through the trash crisis last year.  I can’t wait to see if this works with cavatappi and pesto.  Oh, and do share if you have other past rejuvination ideas.


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