Archive | December, 2015

Lemon-y Lentil & Chickpea Soup

Tweet Viglia Capodanno, New Year’s Eve, is celebrated throughout Italy with family and friends enjoying food and drink. The drink is bubbly (Prosecco) and the food is symbolic of wishes for a good year ahead. Lentils, with their coin-like shape, have traditionally been believed to ring in a prosperous new year. Auguri per un nuovo […]

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Salame Dolce

Tweet Italians, as a rule, do not eat dessert after a meal, choosing perhaps a piece of fruit instead. However, it is a well-known fact that we find time “between” meals to satisfy our sweet tooth. Biscotti may accompany the morning cappuccino as well as the evening espresso and any time is the right time […]

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Pistachio & Candied Orange Biscotti

Tweet Throughout the Middle Ages, the pistachios eaten by Sicilians came from eastern Sicily, where they are still grown, particularly around Mount Etna and in the Bronte area. They are used in many types of recipes from risotto to desserts, as well as mixed with breadcrumbs and used as a coating for fish, chicken, meat […]

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White Lasagna

Tweet Besciamella, a classic white sauce (known as bechamel in French), consists of flour, butter, milk, salt and a pinch of nutmeg and is widely used in Italian cooking. This smooth and creamy, medium-thick sauce is used in dishes such as, vegetable gratins, cannelloni and lasagna. The secret to a perfect white sauce is three-fold; […]

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How to Grate Nutmeg

Tweet Nutmeg, the healthy spice that takes a back seat to your everyday spices for much of the year, comes out swinging during the holidays. This seemingly seasonal spice is used to flavor cookies, cakes and pumpkin pie, as well as soups, sauces and squash dishes and has dusted many a cup of hot chocolate, […]

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Panettone Bread Pudding

Tweet Just the mere thought of panettone, the slightly-sweet, Milanese Christmas bread, conjures up the aromas of citrus, vanilla and candied fruit. This holiday bread is traditionally made using a “mother dough” (similar to sourdough). The centuries-old process allows the dough to rise naturally over the course of several days, giving this rich-tasting treat its […]

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Olive Oil Granola

Tweet Granola is simply toasted oatmeal but, with additional ingredients to give it more personality. Using rolled oats (not instant) as the foundation, you can make it as basic or outrageous as you like. This granola is full of flavor, less expensive than store-bought and healthier, as it uses olive oil, rather than unhealthy vegetable […]

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