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Bistecca alla Fiorentina Recipe (Florentine Steak)

Bistecca alla Fiorentina Recipe (Florentine Steak)

I have been to Tuscany several times during my childhood. However, I don’t remember much about those trips, but each time I’m Florence I remember a particular meal I had with my parents. Because it was an outstanding piece of meat – rich, tasty with meat so tender that you could cut it with a spoon!…

Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon, Onions, & Eggs

My husband and I love roasted Brussels sprouts, and I prepare them at least once a week. I just wish that they didn’t smell up my kitchen after I roast them, but I guess that is a small negative when they taste so good! This recipe came about because I am working to feature vegetables…

Spiedini Alla Romana Recipe – Delicious Mozzarella Skewers Yumm!

Spiedini Alla Romana Recipe – Delicious Mozzarella Skewers Yumm!

Spiedini are a classic and loved by millions of people, whether they are Roman or not and we find them on restaurant menus all over the world. They may look quite tricky to make but they aren’t and the thing that makes it an even more desirable menu is that it really isn’t all that expensive…

New Year’s Lentil & Farro Salad With Butternut Squash & Kale

Every year to ring in the new year, we follow the Italian tradition of eating lentils which are thought to bring luck and prosperity as the tiny round lentils are said to resemble the small lire coins. Usually, we enjoy a nice hearty bowl of lentil soup, or sometimes a dish of braised lentils and…

Malloreddus Pasta with Pork Shoulder Sauce (Sardinian Gnocchi with Meat Ragu)

Malloreddus Pasta with Pork Shoulder Sauce (Sardinian Gnocchi with Meat Ragu)

Sardinians took the mountains to escape centuries of invaders keen to make the beautiful island their home. To them the sea meant problems and so they moved inland to green pastures and safe and comforting mountains. This isolation and resulting diet is, probably, the reason for the inhabitant’s longevity – in fact, they are second…

Bucatini all Amatriciana Sauce Recipe – The Real Deal

Bucatini all Amatriciana Sauce Recipe – The Real Deal

A classic   Roman recipe, a first dish representation and celebration of Italian cuisine based on bucatini, tomato, guanciale and pecorino cheese. The interpretations of the original recipe are varied but mainly involve different proportions between these four main ingredients. Pasta all’amatriciana is simple to make, delicious and easy enough that anyone can do it and…

Olive alla Ascolana History and Recipe – Stuffed and Fried Ascolana Olives

Olive alla Ascolana History and Recipe – Stuffed and Fried Ascolana Olives

A crisp golden sphere, whose core is made of a tasty olive covered with a shell of meat and scents.   The olive ascolana, a typical street-food of the Marche region, hides a truly intriguing story. Let’s find out together the truly fascinating origin of the Ascolane Olive Recipe.   ASCOLANA OLIVES THROUGH THE AGES…

Creamy Tomato & Basil Soup

It has been a rather mild winter so far this year and rather than having to shovel mountains of snow like I expected, we have had just enough snow to dust the ground and keep everything looking clean and white. The temperatures have been very temperate, and so far we’ve only had a few frigid…

Eggnog Cheesecake

The holidays are now behind us, and while I am anxious to clean out my refrigerator and start out the new year with light and healthy meals, I find I have a few holiday ingredients hanging around which is a problem that I seem to encounter often. Every year I buy a couple of containers…

Sauteed Mushrooms with Homemade Potato Chips [Funghi Trifolati]

Sauteed Mushrooms with Homemade Potato Chips [Funghi Trifolati]

Mushroom trifolati, or funghi trifolati, or simply sauteed mushrooms is a common side dish throughout Italy. The name translates literally to “truffled mushrooms,” because the sauteed mushrooms in this dish so closely resemble truffles. I used a variety of wild mushrooms—porcini (if you are in abundance you can also check our risotto with porcini mushrooms recipe),…

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