The secret ingredient which makes this cacciatore stand out is pancetta, an Italian bacon. The pancetta gives the sauce richness and body. Fresh basil leaves and baby portobello mushrooms make it special.
Here's a cozy dish to comfort on a dark and stormy night. A creamy, fragrant stew of chicken, celery, onions, carrots, peas and potatoes plays host to biscuit dough, dropped by the spoonful into the boiling hot liquid. Simmer until the dumplings are done.
This is a hand-shaped, filled yeast bread that my 2-year-old daughter loves to help prepare. The first part of this recipe is prepared in my bread machine on Christmas Eve. I make it right up to the second rise stage, then cover and refrigerate it. On Christmas morning, I allow it to warm up and rise until double in size before baking. It is especially sumptuous when it is still warm and a special treat for Christmas morning in our house. Drizzle chopped, toasted almonds over the ring if you wish.