Gather friends and family together for a three-course Italian feast featuring decadent classics like saffron-scented risotto alla milanese, glazed pork chops agrodolce, biscotti, and sweet, cold gelato.
Peanut butter, sesame paste, and chile-garlic paste combine to make a silky, savory sauce for these noodles—a Chinese-American restaurant staple. Chopped peanuts and a flurry of slivered cucumber and carrot add crunch.
This dish of sautéed onions tossed with pasta and buckwheat groats (the hulled, roasted kernels of buckwheat) is mainly associated with Russian Jews, though it may have been eaten by poor Eastern Europeans of all religions.
Warming, filling chicken soup just may be the ultimate panacea. Cooking the noodles in the broth enriches both the noodles' flavor and the soup itself, which thickens slightly from the released starches.
Whether or not this dish of tube-shaped penne pasta lavished with a peppery, vodka-laced cream and tomato sauce was created in Italy is a matter of heated debate in some quarters; some say it was the result of aggressive marketing on the part of vodka importers. Whatever the case, it has become firmly entrenched as an Italian American classic.