In June, I decided to try my hand at some Italian food! May and June were back to back Chloe Coscarelli cookbooks... she's one of my favorite cookbook authors.
I thought I would be trying a lot more recipes... but this month ended up a little crazy and I only cooked four! I don't know if that gives you an accurate review of the whole book, but I can still give you four good reviews of the recipes I did make!
1) Orange Chocolate Biscotti
I love biscotti, and this was an amazing recipe! I held off on making it for so long because of the different steps- well, there are a few steps, but they are so easy! One batch didn't make too much, I even considered making a batch the 2nd day. This is my new favorite biscotti recipe! I let some nonvegans try them too, and they loved them.
2) Creamy Yellow Pepper Pasta
I like to try different recipes with bell peppers, because I'm really not a huge fan of them, and I like to have recipes I like that incorporate them so I can get the nutrients. This was an interesting way to make a sauce- pureeing roasted bell peppers with other ingredients- and while it was tasty and I ate it all, it was still too bell peppery for my liking. I won't be making it again. However, I do appreciate that this is an authentic recipe straight from Italy with no vegan substitutions- just accidentally vegan. So I'm glad I tried this!
3) Rosemary Lemon Shortbread Cookies
Chloe has a shortbread recipe that she adjusts to make several other recipes in her cookbooks; this is one version of it. They're all delicious because they are basically flour, butter, and powdered sugar. I didn't expect to like this combination so much, but I LOVED it. I think anyone would love theses, and I'll definitely be making them again!
4) Shelley's Shells
Chloe said this was a family recipe she goes nuts over, so I had to try. Plus, there are bell peppers! The onions and bell peppers are cooked up for 20 minutes, making them very sweet. My family tried this and loved it, too. I will definitely be making this again! I love a recipe that makes me love bell peppers.
And that's it for June's cookbook review of Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen, next month I'll be cooking from Vegan Richa's Everyday Kitchen, so follow my Instagram at @Jessica.Steinberg to follow me as I make them!