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All week, Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton have been sharing recipes from Canal House Cooking, Volume 8: Pronto! Today, we're rounding them all up and giving away one last copy of the book.

This week, The Canal House's Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton taught us that Italian cooking is all about simplicity: They demanded that we let fresh ingredients speak for themselves. They introduced us to an addictive butter sauce that we'll be pouring over every vegetable we have. They proved to us that there can be a perfect balance between spicy and flavorful. And they boozed up our apricots. Now the only question we have left is this: Which dish do we make tonight? (How about all of them?)

Mezzi Rigatoni with Tomatoes, Lots of Herbs, Hot Oil, and Mozzarella


Zucchini with Spicy Anchovy Butter

Chicken alla Diavola


Wine-Poached Apricots with Ricotta

We're giving away a copy of Canal House Cooking, Volume 8: Pronto! every day this week! To enter to win today's copy, tell us in the comments: What is your all-time favorite Italian dish? We'll choose winners next Monday, July 28th.

Photos by The Canal House. Excerpted from the book Canal House Cooking, Volume 8: Pronto! by Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton. Reprinted by permission of The Canal House. All rights reserved.

Tags: guest editors, pasta, butter, zucchini, apricots, dessert, entrees, snacks, chicken, the canal house

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about 1 year ago Mingus

Hard to choose one, so I'll go with the last one I made - a crostata.


about 1 year ago Audrey

All-time favorite Italian dish is an easy one for me: panna cotta. I've yet to try my hand at making it, but I know I'm a pro at eating it!


about 1 year ago NDavid

An unbelievably luscious porchetta in Umbria made with an entire pig and seasoned with the wild fennel and herbs found on the same farm the pig was raised on. All washed down with unlabeled young white wine and apricots with amaretti for desert. Flawless


about 1 year ago CarlaCooks

It's hard to beat fresh from the oven bread, great grassy olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and freshly cracked pepper!


about 1 year ago Sherry

Pasta aglio e olio. Sometimes the simple things in life are the best!


about 1 year ago topdawg11

simple caprese salad


about 1 year ago Shalini

Pizza Margherita.


about 1 year ago BonEllen

Chicken cacciatore! When I was growing up, I would get so excited when mom made chicken cacciatore from her old Alexander Pope cookbook.


about 1 year ago crazyasitsounds

Risotto holds a special place in my heart.


about 1 year ago Ginger Stark

Lasagna with Bechamel


about 1 year ago Rita

Veal parmagiana, with homemade spinach pasta and Marcella hazan's tomato sauce, so heavenly...


about 1 year ago hobbit2nd



about 1 year ago Daniel OBrien

Mmmm. Eggplant Parmagiano. Dipping, breading, and baking the eggplant slices before assembling the dish with tomatoes and cheese is worth the effort!


about 1 year ago Terry Honsaker

Salsa di Tonno ( tunny fish sauce) with spaghetti ala Elizabeth David from Italian Food. Simple and gratifying!


about 1 year ago Carmen Leidel

Any type of pasta


about 1 year ago PieceOfLayerCake

PieceofLayerCake is a trusted source on baking.

Risotto...easily. Its probably my signature dish and I've made dozens of varieties from a tried and true Milanese, to a wild mushroom to charred corn with portobellos (recipe on my profile ;)). Other than that, gnocchi arrabbiata, carbonara (without a drop of cream), and braised meats over creamy polenta. Asking me to choose is next to impossible, really.


about 1 year ago Alison Mahaffey

Looks so fresh!!


about 1 year ago ayanna

Ending any meal with wine poached apricots, immediately ups the ante


about 1 year ago Mike G

It has to be Pasta Puttanesca. The truly authentic recipe makes incredible aromas come from the kitchen.


about 1 year ago Mei Chin

Spaghetti carbonara. Anytime, anywhere.