From Giada DeLaurentiis' newest book, Giada's Kitchen
Whole-Wheat Linguine with Green Beans, Ricotta, and Lemon
I was very excited to try this recipe, and on paper, it seemed bound for success. I love all the ingredients, but when I put them together, I was underwhelmed. I did not think there was enough flavor in the dish, and I didn't love the texture from the ricotta. I think I'll try it again in the summer and see if it's better. The verdict: Undecided, for now
- 1 pound whole-wheat linguine
- 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 pound French green beans, trimmed and halved lengthwise
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
- 1 lemon, zested
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta reserving 1 cup of the cooking water. Transfer the hot pasta to a large bowl and add the ricotta cheese. Toss to combine.
Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the green beans, garlic, salt, and pepper and saute for 4 minutes. Add 1 cup of the pasta cooking liquid and continue cooking until tender, about 4 more minutes. Add the pasta with ricotta to the pan with the green beans and toss to combine. Add the tomatoes and gently toss. Transfer to a serving plate and top with lemon zest. Serve.
Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars from Tyler Florence
This was such a great recipe! I love cheesecake, but have always been too intimidated to try it. I saw this recipe on Tyler's Ultimate and it seemed to good to be true. I tweaked it a tiny bit, using raspberries instead of blueberries, and they turned out great! Some of my taste testers didn't love the lemon taste, but I think it helped keep the cheesecake light. I can imagine making this using all different kinds of berries and toppings. The verdict: It's a keeper!
For the base:
- Butter, for greasing
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 9 graham crackers
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
For the filling:
- 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 eggs
- 2 lemons, zested and juiced
- About 1/2 cup sugar, eyeball it
- 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
For the base:
Grease the bottom of a 9 by 9-inch baking pan with butter. Then place parchment paper over the top, pressing down at the corners. In a food processor, process the sugar, cinnamon and graham crackers until you have the texture of bread crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse a couple of times to fully incorporate. Pour into the lined baking pan and gently pat down with the base of a glass. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes until golden. When done set aside to cool.
For the filling:
Add cream cheese, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar to the food processor and mix until well combined. It should have a smooth consistency. Pour onto the cooled base and then cover with blueberries. They will sink slightly but should still be half exposed -- as the cake bakes they will sink a little more and break down.
Bake in the oven for 35 minutes or until the center only slightly jiggles. Remove from the oven and cool completely before refrigerating for at least 3 hours. Once set, remove from pan using the parchment lining and slice into 10 rectangular bars. Dust with powdered sugar.