Homemade pasta is usually made with durum wheat – also called semolina. The taste, texture and flavor of fresh, homemade pasta – Farfalle, linguini, ravioli, etc. – is almost incomparable to store bought, dried pasta. Many recipes can be made with homemade pasta dough like cannelloni stuffed with a Ricotta cheese or chopped meat-based mix, or lasagna. When making home made lasagna, you can roll the dough cut it in sheets sized to your cooking tray and prevent different layers from mixing during baking.
The main Italian sauces – like marinara, vodka, Bolognese, Alfredo – can be used with any type of pasta, as well as with cannelloni or lasagna in which the ricotta cheese can also be replaced with a more flavorful, thick béchamel and cheese sauce. While making homemade pasta requires more time than opening a box, many people agree that the work is worth it. It’s also entertaining and a great way to connect with friends and family.
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Curry Powder can be used in savory, as well as in sweet/savory recipes like canard a l’orange with curry where curry powder will add a more powerful and flavorful taste to the sauce. This orange and duck stock-based sauce will be even better if you add some Grand-Marnier liquor since curry also mixes very well with alcohol cooking like shrimp flambé with French Pastis, an anise-flavored liqueur. Curry also mixes well with any mustard-flavored sauces which compliment any white meat and even white seafood and fishes. Curry powder is also a great addition to savory baking like bread and to sweet baking like muffins or crepes which can then be used for savory appetizers or sweet desserts like curry crepe stuffed with sautéed and flambéed with brown rum pineapple. The list of recipes you an create with curry or add curry powder to, is only limited by your own creativity.
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Béchamel sauce is a white sauce, made with a roux of butter and flour cooked in milk. It is widely used in French cuisine and many Italian dishes. Depending on proportions of ingredients used, it can vary in thickness. It is known as one of the five basic sauces in cooking and used as the base for many other classic sauces.