Rice & Vegetable Curry TartBy Marjorie Perotti-BrewsterA tasty savory tart that can be eaten hot, room temperature or cold. It's great for lunch with a salad, part of a picnic spread or even a light dinner. The curry and cumin gives the tart a wonderful aroma, as well as depth in flavor. The spices pair perfectly with the firm, lightly processed rice blend as well as the medley of vegetables. Butternut Squash & Curry SoupBy Marjorie Perotti-BrewsterI love soups for many reasons. They are generally easy to make, they feed your spirit, and soups place no limits on your creativity. This flavorful soup fills the house with the aroma of the curry and other spices that date back thousands of years. Curry powder is actually a spice blend, so different brands will have slightly different flavors. Any that appeal to you will work for this recipe. Red Wine Risotto with Sausage, Porcini and GibletsBy Marjorie Perotti-BrewsterMy grandmother was born in a small town in the Lombardia region of Italy, that bordered the Piemonte region. I don’t know for certain, but through research I believe this is the reason that growing up, the risotto in my house was made using red wine as was common in Piemonte. I actually wasn't aware that there were other ways of making it until I moved to San Francisco in 1964 and tasted Risotto Milanese. It was also a great introduction to saffron. Since then I've made my favorite rice dish many different ways, but this version from my childhood still feeds my soul. I realize that the giblets are something that most people discard, but I urge you to try them. They add a special flavor and texture that blends well with the spiciness of the sausage, the earthy quality of the dried Porcini and the "toothyness" of the rice. Bottaggio – Pork & Cabbage StewBy Marjorie Perotti-BrewsterThis dish comes from the Lombardia region of Italy, where my Father was born, and has been made for ages. If you go back in time when the farmers and villagers ate mostly what they grew or raised, you would find that they cooked with lard. There wasn't a huge production of olive oil in the region at that time, but they did raise pigs. This stew was traditionally made using the less tender parts of the pig, and it would contain the feet, nose, and ears and some of the rib bones. Nothing was wasted. However, in this day and age, we can use the more accessible cuts of pork, but I would encourage you to find fresh pork rind and use that. It adds a creamy richness to the broth, and a bit of a crunch in contrast to the soft, tender pork cubes.Spinach & Ricotta Filled Pasta RollsBy Marjorie Perotti-BrewsterThis dish was described by a friend as "The most ethereal taste of paradise I've ever put in my mouth". The filling, which has been in my family for generations, is full of flavor without being heavy, and and can be made with the sausage or without if you choose. The fresh pasta strips are tender and light. It takes a bit of time to bring it all together, but some of the parts can be made a day or two before assembly. You can use dry pasta, but I would recommend that you make your own, as fresh is so much lighter.Wild Mushroom Butternut Squash Savory Bread PuddingBy Marjorie Perotti-BrewsterWhen I was growing up, we had fresh French bread from our bakery every day. Which means, we always had day old bread. Not much has changed, and it seems I too have day old French bread, and dislike wasting it. This is a tasty way to use the bread, and as seasons change the vegetables can change. With the addition of a salad, it makes a great vegetarian meal, or can be served along with roasted chicken, turkey or pork.Crespelle TorteBy Marjorie Perotti-BrewsterThere are historical rumors that Caterina de' Medici introduced Crespelle to the French, and that's how they came up with Crepes. Whether or not this is true, this Northern Italian favorite has been around a very long time. It is used for both savory and sweet dishes, and probably the most widely known is for Cannelloni. Layered tortes, such as this recipe, are often sold by the slice in Northern Italian Trattorias.