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With just a small number of fresh ingredients and minimal effort, you can re-create the flavors of Italy in your home kitchen with recipes such as cucumber salad with mint and mascarpone, linguine with clams and white asparagus, beef tenderloin with red wine and horseradish, zucchini scapece, and hazelnut truffle cake. Organized into fourteen chapters, including Really Easy Soups, Salads, Tomato Pastas, Roast Meat, Italian Vegetables, and Chocolate & Coffee, the recipes are designed to save home cooks time at the end of a busy day without ever sacrificing flavor. From a dozen ways to highlight fresh mozzarella -- most ready in a matter of minutes -- to instructions for perfect, simply grilled fish, meats, and vegetables, Gray and Rogers’s Italian Two Easy will help bring your weeknight Italian meals to a new level.
Featuring 100 stunning full-color photographs illustrating the artistry that goes into each dish, Italian Two Easy makes it simpler than ever to achieve enviable results with the greatest of ease.
•1 and one-half (1.5) English cucumbers (see note below)
•2 tbsp of mint leaves
•1 fresh hot red chile
•1 cup mascarpone
•5 tbsp crème fraîche
•Extra virgin olive oil
Note: Look for cucumbers that are unwaxed. They should be firm and rounded to the ends. Avoid any with withered, shriveled tips or ones that bulge in the middle, because they are likely to be filled with large seeds.
Peel the cucumbers, cut in half lengthwise, and remove the seeds. Cut in half again and then into 2-inch lengths. Chop the mint. Wash the chile and finely slice on the diagonal. Squeeze the juice from the lemon.
Combine the mascarpone and crème fraîche; season well.
Combine the cucumber and mint with the lemon juice and three times its volume of olive oil. Season.
Serve with the mascarpone and the chile sprinkled over.
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