An Italian's Favorite Foods in America | 5 Foods Eva Loves in the USA

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An Italian’s Favorite Ingredients in America | 5 Favorite American Foods

I tend to film my Italian wife, Eva, eating a lot of new foods here in America that she isn’t terribly enthusiastic about. This has unfortunately led many people to believe that she hates ALL American food—but nothing could be farther from the truth!

In this video, Eva shows us five ingredients that are either uniquely American or that she learned to appreciate in the USA, and demonstrates what she likes to cook with them.

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SQUASH – “ZUCCA IN SAOR” RECIPE

Bring 2 tbsp olive oil up to medium heat in a skillet. Add 2 1/2 large red onions, sliced. Sautée until tender, about 7-8 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of white wine, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1 tsp brown sugar, 1/4 cup raisins, 2 tbsp pine nuts, and salt/pepper to taste. Cover and allow to cook for 20-25 minutes. Check occasionally and add a splash of warm water as needed if the onions dry out and risk burning.

Scoop, peel and slice half of a butternut squash into 1/2-inch strips. Lightly oil a non-stick pan and bring up to high heat. Working in batches if necessary, sear the squash strips until they begin to blacken slightly. Cover pan as they cook and slat/pepper lightly. Flip and repeat to sear the other side.

Arrange squash on a platter and top with onions. Allow to cool, preferably overnight, before serving.

CHICKEN – “POLLO ALLA CACCIATORA A MODO MIO” RECIPE

Bring 3-4 tbsp olive oil and 1 crushed clove of garlic up to medium/high heat in a sautée pan. Add diced 1/2 onion, diced 1/2 large carrot and diced 1/2 stalk celery. Sautée for 3-4 minutes. Add a sprig of fresh rosemary and a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes to taste. Add 4-5 chicken drumsticks and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes or until the chicken skin is slightly browned.

Add 1/2 cup of white wine. Allow the wine to reduce briefly, until the smell of alcohol has evaporated. Salt/pepper to taste, and add 1 cup halved grape tomatoes, 1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives, and 1 tbsp capers. Mix 1 tbsp tomato paste into 1/2 cup of water and add into the pan. Cover and allow to cook for 30-35 minutes, or until the chicken is very tender. Add a splash of warm water when necessary if the moisture evaporates.

Serve with a sprinkling of chopped, fresh parsley on top.

LOBSTER – “ASTICE ALLA CATALANA RECIPE”

Steam a large lobster for 15 minutes. While it cooks, slice 1 large red onion and mix with 8-10 oz. (about 1 cup) of halved grape tomatoes. When the lobster has finished cooking and is cool enough to handle, break it down and remove the tail, claw and knuckle meat. Chop and spread over the onions/tomatoes.

Open the lobster’s body cavity and scoop out the “tamale” (green stuff). Mix with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp soy sauce, the juice of half a lemon, and 1/2 tsp dijon mustard. Drizzle over the salad, along with some extra olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.

CREAM CHEESE – “PASTA CON PHILADELPHIA” RECIPE

Bring a large pot of water to boil and salt liberally. Add 5 1/2 oz. (160g) dry pasta—we recommend linguine, spaghetti, rigatoni, fusilli or penne—and cook until al dente. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix 8-10 oz. (about 1 cup) of halved grape tomatoes with 1/2 cup cream cheese, 1-2 oz. of the pasta water, a pinch of dried oregano, a generous grating of Parmigiano cheese, and salt/pepper to taste.

When the pasta has finished cooking, strain it and add into the sauce. Stir all together and serve immediately.

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  1. Sully's Cafe

    America the Beautiful playing as she opens the Peanut butter, LOL amazing.

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  2. Whiskey Tango

    That is wonderful! Congrats Eva!

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  3. don willis

    I can see the "love light" in Ava's Eyes as she looks at Harper while talks. I remember my Girl beaming at me years ago…now…that look is rare. We have become each other. Its all good. Ah, young love!

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  4. Adam Smith

    9:05 at least you didn't just throw it in the pot while it's still alive.

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  5. Melaneykk

    I am not Italian, but I make that chicken dinner, a little differently. I use thighs, I remove the bone and skin. {reserving them for stock}. Depending on the tomatoes I put up the year before I may use a bit more tomato paste. You have to harvest tomatoes when they are ripe, sometimes that is in a stretch of rainy days. You could cook down the tomatoes, but then it is just sauce. I love what you have done using so much of the animal. Please introduce her to salted peanut butter cookies.

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  6. Steven Wallman

    When I was a kid, we always mixed peanut butter with honey and ate it straight. Mom wanted us to to put it on bread and eat it like that, but I always liked it straight.

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  7. Charles Jones

    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GREEN CARD EVA(or Ava)!!!!!!!!!

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  8. The wife of the Architect

    Tutto fantastico ma il Philadelphia nella pasta no TE PREGO

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  9. Ryan Fleming

    Every single thing you guys makes, looks delicious!

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  10. Doug Williams

    congrats to Eva hope she can become a citizen soon

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  11. houtan arefi

    In Iran we have Philadelphia cheese but here they named it "Willie`s Cheese". Willie is from "William Lawrence" who start producing cream cheese that becomes Philadelphia cheese on 1873 in the United States.

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  12. Marianne Johnson

    Why in the world would people say such horrible things? I mean it was obviously supposed to be funny videos about stuff like hot pockets. I grew up on that crap and it’s just not that good but regardless it was just for fun.

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  13. M Ladd

    Eva, no buy Jiff, buy Costco, Kirkland Organic! Best flavor and taste! Try it you will see!

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  14. Keith Sweat

    What a phenomenal lady, and a man in love… I can see why, I adore these videos, get you some Lou Malnottis or Ginos pizza in Chicago if you really want to experience it, par baked and shipped to your house… sausage only

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  15. Keith Sweat

    Your already a winner without the chicken dinner! She is beautiful and such a graceful fun intelligent personality…

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  16. Robert Bolstad

    Hi Harper and Eva,

    First off, congratulations on the green card Eva. If you two are near a co-op, their bulk foods section might have a peanut butter grinder where you can grind your pb right on the spot.
    I tried this and was instantly hooked, but only after dismissing it for the previous three years as sales gimmick.?

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  17. WhiteFox Nb1

    You can find peanut butter everywhere

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  18. Alicia C. Staley

    Congrats EVA!

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  19. Ashley Bustillo

    I have two peanut butter dessert recipes for Eva:

    1. Peanut butter cornflake bars. They are made similar to rice krispy treats and are a family tradition. Total time for cooking and clean up is 30 minutes.
    Ingredients:
    1 c. light corn syrup
    1 c. white sugar
    1 c. peanut butter (I use creamy but chunky could work too)
    8 c. cornflakes

    Equipment: large bowl, 9" x 13" casserole dish, medium saucepan, silicone spatula

    Instructions:
    Measure your cornflakes in a large bowl and set to the side next the the casserole dish in an area that's close to the stove. Measure all ingredients and have ready to pour (this recipe can burn quickly and easily).

    In a small saucepan over medium heat on the stove, pour 1 c. light corn syrup. When the corn syrup starts thinning and has a few bubbles, add 1 c. white sugar, mixing thoroughly until the sugar melts. Add 1 c. peanut butter and stir until thin. Remove from heat immediately and pour over cornflakes. Stir until well coated then pour into the casserole dish and spread out/press down until even. Let cool then cut into squares or eat in clusters.

    2. Puppy chow or Muddy buddies – https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/puppy-chow/
    –this is also a quick recipe

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  20. RewDowns

    Congrats on the green card Eva, hope you stay for a long time!

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  21. daphlavor

    Ava benvenuto! Enjoy all of our foods and regions.

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  22. Melody is Cray Cray

    You're a lucky fella, Harper. She's adorable!!

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  23. CologneCarter

    A pun is not a dumb joke by any means it a play on words it it can be brilliant. I would translate it as "Gioco di parole".

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  24. Lindsey Lazo

    how do you get your eyes not to burn when cutting so much onion??

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  25. Chuck Speer

    You two guys(american lingo eva no offense) I cannot see yall getting mad or haters you seem like lovely people thanks a bunch

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  26. Stephane G

    Congrats on green card, it’s an important step. Now Eva got to try ribs… as a French coming in the US many moons ago, it is the dish that I use to show French people that there are some great native foods in the US besides hamburgers.

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  27. Chelsea Chelsea

    Congratulations on your Green Card.

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  28. Jacob Johnson

    Use Vidalia onions in the lobster dish..

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  29. A.J R.V XX

    That string version of America the Beautiful brought a tear to my eye, and I'm not even from the U.S.

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  30. william mitchell

    Eva..try lobster ravioli or in canneloni.

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  31. william mitchell

    Eva, I know you are from the south, but over the years, I have learned to love the chicken stewed with bell peppers that is served in and around Roma. I see the recipe now and then, but it never seems to be much like what I used to see in the country just south of the city.

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  32. A W

    Yeah! Ava! So happy for you both! Love watching you two. I’ll keep my out for your book! It will be AMAZING! So inspired by you guys!

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  33. itneverends7

    Have you tried Vidalia onions? They're sweet.

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  34. Mike Ansley

    Congratulations Eva

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  35. Diana Morris

    Find a recipe for southern peanut soup, I love it with bread and butter, congrats on the green card, love you too, you make me laugh… I'm glad you have finally found things you love, oh bake that squash in the oven, it becomes much sweeter.

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  36. Diana Morris

    Exa, Ramen noodles is a college kid easy meal or survival food in an emergency, dont bother…..

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  37. Diana Morris

    Oh no, plantain is awful.

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  38. Diana Morris

    Has she tried using pumpkin the same way.

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  39. Diana Morris

    Butternut squash ravioli in a cream sauce, one of my favorite no meat meals.

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  40. Belia1313 Lastes

    Ava looks like an Italian Julia Roberts very Bella ?

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  41. CrankieManx

    You must try ..Peanut butter on a stick of celery is so delicious…

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  42. cyn_kawaii

    In peru they call it Philadelphia cream cheese too!

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  43. Maria Vigil

    She so cute, all my american foods are the same ones lol

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