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An Ina Garten Recipe – Straw and Hay with Gorgonzola

I know this recipe doesn’t sound very southern.  However, it does show the diversity of food that is served today in the South.  I will go back to my roots and feature recipes of the old South in future posts.  I love Ina Garten and her cookbooks are just the best.  Yesterday, in my post, I shared with you receiving my copy of her latest cookbook, Foolproof.  I prepared this recipe for my husband on Saturday night.  Even though it isn’t very Southern, I do think the title of the recipe sounds like a recipe served in the Fall.  It was easy to make and I have learned from preparing her dishes before to always measure all of the ingredients and chopping the onions or crumbling the cheese before I start preparation.  It will save you lots of frustrations.

The dish has such a smooth creamy texture and a wonderful blend of flavors.  The prosiutto is so flavorful, the peas add crunch and the cheese makes everything blend together in such a wonderful creamy combination.

Straw and Hay Recipe Page 1

Straw and Hay Recipe Page 1

I am posting this directly from Ina’s Foolproof book.  The following is page two of the recipe.

Straw & Hay Recipe  Page 2

Straw & Hay Recipe Page 2

I know the quality of the above pictures may not be the best but I just wanted to show you how beautifully Ina’s cookbooks are illustrated and how complete and easy her recipes are.  I have read many of her recipes and said, no way could I do that.  I have then challenged myself to give it a try and the dishes turned out beautifully.

Below I am sharing a picture of my dish after I prepared it. I did not use the same pasta Ina used but I think all in all it looks tasty.  Trust me, it was very tasty.

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On Ina’s shows her husband Jeffrey will walk into the kitchen and say, “something smells wonderful.”  My husband walked into the kitchen on Saturday and those were his exact words.  I guess if I can pretend I am Ina, it is okay for him to pretend he is Jeffrey.

6 responses »

  1. sugarbeechronicles

    Looks so good……..inspiration for this weekend, and since I have to go grocery shopping tomorrow. . . . ;-)

  2. Neighbor Barbara

    Yum, your husband is a lucky man because he gets to sample a variety of foods as you search for new recipes to share!

    I think this recipe is fine for showing that southerners are anxious to try new dishes. I remember my mother getting together regularly with her sisters to share new recipes. She would return home and try them out…some she would continue to serve and others would be a one time thing.

    Pasta and cheese are always a great way to begin. I certainly want to try this recipe and maybe get a look at Ina’s cookbook for ideas of my own.

    My husband reads these recipes and I don’t want him to feel he missed out on a special dish like this.


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