Italian Zucchini Fritters Pitticelle Cucuzze (Gluten-Free, Low-Carb)

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU HAVE TOO MANY ZUCCHINI? MAKE ZUCCHINI FRITTERS!   Italians take their food seriously so if you ever plan to deviate from a traditional recipe do it with caution. Depending on what region of Italy you are from you may call zucchini fritters a variety of names. Perhaps your Nonna, Nonno or parents have called them one of the following names below but at the end of the day, they all taste delicious and a must-try for any zucchini lover. Zucchini fritters are a staple in just about every Italian household and just about every Italian we know has a huge garden which means, lots of zucchini. The zucchini fritters take on many Italian names, Pitticelle Cucuzze or you might have heard Pah-TAL-ee, Frittelle di Zucchine, Pitticelle di Zucchine especially if your family is from Calabria. For those of you visiting the blog from the UK or other countries you may be searching for Italian Courgette Fritters and you’ve found them.   Zucchini vs. Zucchini Blossoms   If you are fortunate to have zucchini blossoms which are orange in colour and very fragile along with organic zucchini you can make authentic fritelle (fritters). For this […]

30 Minute Meal : Tortellini with a Sausage Pasta Sauce

FRUGAL MEAL TIME-SAVER THAT TASTES DELICIOUS   Italian tortellini are some of the best stuffed pasta you’ll find at the grocery store in the frozen food section for about $1.99 a bag. Tortellini is a meal that your family will love especially when you are in a pinch for time or are on a tight budget. If you are adventurous and want to make fresh tortellini they would beat out any store-bought brand but it can be a bit time consuming. Since we have a busy toddler running around and I’m working 2 jobs we’re cheating today with frozen ricotta stuffed tortellini for this 30 minute-meal. Since having our boy things have changed a bit in the kitchen which means until he is a bit older we have to compromise on some of the store-bought items that we normally would attempt to make at home. I’ve been a tortellini lover for years now because when I lived in the UK tortellini was very inexpensive to buy and fit nicely with my tight budget. What I like about tortellini is how you can bulk out the meal with meat and vegetables to stretch it. Back then I would eat tortellini about […]

Creamy Rice Pudding

CREAMY DREAMY EASY DESSERT   I know many of you have asked for a few of my “What’s for Dinner” recipes from our nightly chit-chat at the Canadian Budget Binder Facebook page so here is the creamy rice pudding recipe that we had the other week. How to make rice pudding? It’s so easy you will wonder why you never tried it sooner. Don’t worry though because we all have to start somewhere when it comes to creating new dishes for our families. Trial and error is always important although getting it right the first time helps. I can easily say I’ve learned from my mistakes over the years but that has made me a better cook for my family.   Rice pudding   This is an ideal rice pudding that you can make any time of year as this can be eaten hot or cold and perfect to bring to parties, pot-luck or even a family BBQ in the summer. I know I always have my friends asking me for recipes that they can whip up in a flash that are unique so they can bring them to gatherings and rice pudding is a dessert my family loves. One […]

Mr.CBB’s Shrimp, Rapini and Radicchio Penne Pasta In A Creamy Pesto Sauce

I’m almost sure you are licking your lips because this shrimp, rapini and radicchio penne pesto pasta is calling out your name. That or you are reading this before lunch or dinner. Have you ever wandered into the market or the grocery store and noticed different types of vegetables and fruits from around the world. You look at them and think, wow they look different, I wonder what they are and how to cook or eat them. I know you are nodding your head because we have all done it. Don’t be shy to purchase new products just because you don’t know how to prepare them. Learn about them and give it a shot like we did. The best part is you don’t have to spend money in fancy restaurants to eat this food. With a little research and patience you too can have restaurant style quality meals in your home at a fraction of the cost.  Like my mate Edward says, “If you can read, you can cook”! I’ve actually had ladies stop me after looking inside my cart to ask me what something was and how I cook it (OK maybe it was a pick up line attempt, they do […]

Mr.CBB’s Spinach and Ricotta Fettuccine

Spinach and Ricotta pasta is our take of the stuffed spinach and ricotta cannelloni but using pasta instead and no sauce. We thought there has to be a quicker way to make a baked pasta dish then having to stuff tubes and baking them in the oven. This recipe is so creamy you literally can’t stop stuffing it in your mouth. The ricotta when heated melts just that little bit and when mixed with the pasta, garlic, spinach and Parmigiano creates a magical combination that is hard to resist. This meal is one of those quick meals that should only take about 15- 20 minutes to make especially if you want a good meal during the week-night when you are pressed for time or just tired from a long day. What is Ricotta?  Nothing goes to waste when making cheese and that’s how the birth of ricotta came to be a cheese by-product. Ricotta is an Italian whey cheese which is made from a sheep, cow, goat or buffalo milk with the cow’s milk often used in America and Canada. Ricotta is also low in fat. Ricotta means “re-cooked”  which uses whey the liquid that is left over when straining the curds from making cheese. If you […]

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