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Easy Tuscan Bean Soup Recipe – The Earthy Soup from Tuscany

Easy Tuscan Bean Soup Recipe – The Earthy Soup from Tuscany

I don’t know whether it’s a kick back from the childhood days or whether it’s just a thing with me but I love beans – especially cannellini beans and Tuscan bean soup leaves me weak at the knees. There’s no single recipe for it and I’ve come across dozens in my life, eventually settling for…

Artichokes Au Gratin

Carciofi Gratinati ~ A baked version of artichokes topped with a cheese flavored crumb crust. A delicious side dish for any roasted or grilled meat dish. This artichoke recipe shows how you don’t need complicated ingredients when preparing artichokes, and often the simpler the dish, the better. I love vegetables of all types, but if…

Sicilian Peperonata Recipe

Sicilian Peperonata Recipe

A good Sicilian peperonata is one of the most underrated and economical meals on menus today.  It’s a brilliant option for vegan and vegetarian guests and it’s truly easy on the pocket, an important factor nowadays. Peperonata can be eaten hot and at room temperature like its cousin caponata; the advantage of eating this at…

Panettone Recipe – The History, The Legend and The Deliciousness

Panettone Recipe – The History, The Legend and The Deliciousness

There’s no doubt that my favorite  panettone is the Poli and and the best spumante I can think of is the Giulio Ferrari, Riserva del Fondatore which is why, if you can get hold it, it’s the Christmas gift to give any Italian. And me. If anyone needs to know where to deliver mine, just…

Italian Cheese Bread Recipe | Crescia al Formaggio | Pizza di Pasqua

Italian Cheese Bread Recipe | Crescia al Formaggio | Pizza di Pasqua

This pizza has nothing to do with a Napolitan pizza and is an incredibly rich bread, thick with grated and diced pecorino, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and often something extra to personalize it. Umbrians love to eat this pizza at the Pasquetta picnic and when generously sprinkled with shaved black truffles, it’s fit for angels. Pasquetta, the…

Frico Recipe – Traditional Italian Cheese Pancake from Friuli

Frico Recipe – Traditional Italian Cheese Pancake from Friuli

A frico is a cheese pancake that isn’t really a pancake because it has no eggs. Fried until it’s firm and crisp, it’s typical of Carnia, in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Italy. Potatoes are usually added but the variations are endless and each village and mountain valley has their own interpretation or recipe. Nowadays…

Torta della Nonna Recipe – Italian Pastry Cream Tart

Torta della Nonna Recipe – Italian Pastry Cream Tart

Torta della Nonna is a traditional Roman and Tuscan dessert to be found in most Italian bakeries. Rome, the eternal city,  produces one version and Naples, the city for the sweet toothed on the Italian mainland, the other. The cake is delicious, similar to the Pastiera Napoletana and is made at Easter. The Italians aren’t…

Chilled Italian Roast Tomato Soup – Soup of the Day

Chilled Italian Roast Tomato Soup – Soup of the Day

Soup is a wonderful meal to serve as a starter, a light or not-so-light lunch and for any supper. Tomatoes lend themselves to soup and are used as an ingredient in almost all soups to give color, to add flavor and zest. Tomato soup was fashionable in the sixties and then it was canned  –…

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