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The Italian Pantry: Carrots/Celery

What is it used for? Carrots and celery are used to flavor broth for chicken soup, lentil soup or any other kind of soup.  Some people puree carrots and celery and use them in tomato sauce/gravy. We (Neapolitans) did not do this, and I’m not sure if it’s a regional thing or just personal preference, but we did know some Calabrians who made sauce this way. (Through some research, I found that Romans and some other areas of Northern Italy make a soffritto with carrots and celery and incorporate that into their tomato sauce for pasta.)

–Dina Di Maio



Russian Carrots in Milk Sauce


I bought this Russian cookbook at a Russian event and since springtime is synonymous with carrots, I decided to make carrots in milk sauce.  It’s a simple recipe.  I liked it, but no one else did.  If you like cream, you will like it.  It is bland, but I found it to be pleasant.  I got a bag of sliced carrots and cooked them with a teaspoon of sugar and pinch of salt.  The milk sauce is a roux made with milk, flour, butter and salt.