Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mangia with Quattro

Given that the Winter Olympics are being held in Vancouver and Whistler, I figured this tasty treat should jump to the front of the line... Mangia with Quattro

The recipes are delicious and based on the restaurants Quattro in Vancouver, North Vancouver and Whistler. So for those of you who want a sample of what the book holds and if you happen to be at the games - very lucky you, because
a) ...obviously, you're at the Olympics!!! Did I really have to tell you? I think not.
b) ...you get to eat at Qauttro, although I'm sure they'll be packed, if any of the recipes I've tried are an example.

Quattro is a family affair, from the restaurants to the cookbook, which is peppered with family photos and glimpses of their own Sunday family gatherings. One thing I really like about the book, in addition to very delicious recipes, is the menu section at the back of the book....one example...Family Traditions - figs with goat cheese & prosciutto, meat sauce, Nonno's meatballs with Edith's broccoli, creme caramel. Each menu comes with suggestions of wine pairings.

But lets talk about recipes. Of course there are pasta dishes from the very simple - olive oil and garlic to more elaborate Braised Rabbit Cannelloni and the awesome looking Open Face Scallop & Apple Lasagna. The risottos are high on my list of "must make" dishes - Seafood, Pea & Prosciutto, Italian Sausage, and these cool sounding Beef & Porcini Mushroom Risotto Balls.

You'll find everything from soups, salads and appetizers like Crab & Scallop Cakes, Orange & Fennel Salad ...I'm on a fennel kick these days, so I can't wait to try it, and I'm always on a crab & scallop kick...to glorious mains like ...

Roasted Honey Glazed Salmon...

which was awesome and I had enough glaze left over to do some ribs and chicken breasts.

The desserts look fantastic from simple biscottis to the utterly sublime looking Phyllo, Sour Cherry & Mascarpone Towers.

And since I can't get to Vancouver for a while, I'll definitely live vicariously through the book.

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