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How To Roast Chestnuts In The Oven {Soft & Easy Peel}

Have you ever wondered how to roast chestnuts in the oven so that they don’t become dry and peel in a snap? Today, I’ll be sharing with you my tips and tricks on how to make perfect roasted chestnuts. With the same look, taste and easy peel as you get them from street vendor at …

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Baked Polenta Squares With Mushroom Ragu & Cheese

Is there anything more appetizing than these colorful polenta squares topped with creamy mushroom ragu and perfectly melted cheese?? And while it got you thinking I bet your mouth is watering. Like always, here some of the tricks to make your polenta squares easier, tastier and all around irresistible. Polenta / Cornmeal Classic polenta usually …

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Pizzette – Mini Pizza Bites With Assorted Toppings

Pizzette is one of my favorite finger foods. It’s perfect for any party, family gathering or buffet table. No Italian apperitivo goes without at least one flavor of these! Soft inside,  with golden crust on the outside these bite-size pizzas are total crowd pleasers. Just imagine, how cool is it to taste all those pizza …

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Caponata {Sicilian Eggplant Salad}

Eggplant Caponata or Aubergine Caponata is one of the golden staples of Sicilian cuisine. It’s one of the most famous appetizers that is never missing on a Holiday table, being that Christmas, Easter or a Birthday party. There are different versions of Caponata cooked in Palermo and Caponata from Catania. I’ll tell you all the …

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Caprese Salad {How Italians Make It}

Caprese Salad or Insalata Caprese or tomato, mozzarella and basil salad is a cult dish of Italian cuisine. It’s ready in less than 5 minutes and made with the most simple ingredients like sliced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese seasoned with basil leaves, oregano and extra virgin olive oil. Caprese salad originated in Campagna region on …

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Easy Zucchini Rolls with Ricotta & Pesto Sauce

My husband has been recently complaining that we have too much zucchini in the fridge. But if you think for a moment, how can you resist creamy zucchini pesto that can be used for pasta AND crostini, or pasta with zucchini, cherry tomatoes and bottarga. Or one of the summer favorites –  skinny vegetable lasagna? …

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Traditional Focaccia Bread {Focaccia Genovese}

Focaccia is one of the most famous Italian flatbreads. Typical to Liguria and Genoa in particular it’s often called focaccia al olio or Fugassa in Genoese dialect. And I bet, wherever in the world you might be, every time focaccia is mentioned this classic Focaccia generously coated with extra virgin olive oil and large coarse …

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Italian Stuffed Artichokes

This simple but utterly delicious  Italian stuffed artichokes is classics that just can’t go wrong. Imagine, soft buttery petals paired with crunchy cheese, herbs and breadcrumb mix all with light and flavorful garlic taste. These artichokes are nothing short of epic! Italian stuffed artichokes can be served as an appetizer, main vegetarian course or paired …

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Pumpkin Wedges Wrapped In Speck With Balsamic & Honey Glaze

Bright, flavorful and easy to make these Roasted Pumpkin Wedges is a perfect appetizer, side dish or even a whole light dinner! All it takes is few simple and awesome ingredients and roughly 40 minutes of time (and 5 minutes of actual work). If you’ve ever heard of a special type of Italian cured meat …

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Salmon Patties with Avocado Dipping Sauce

Juicy, tender and super easy to make these salmon patties (or crochette di salmone) is a perfect pair to go with salads, polenta, baked or mashed potatoes and more! You can fry them or bake in the oven for the healthier version (and less cleanup). My favorite way to serve them is with this 2-minute …

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Pressure Cooker Artichokes with Dipping Sauce

Creamy buttery artichokes are steamed in pressure cooker in less than 10 minutes. But the best part is of course the sauce! Delicate, savory and incredibly flavorful all at the same time, this green artichoke dipping sauce is truly legendary. And yes, you make the sauce while artichokes are cooking 😉 It’s best to use …

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How To Boil Chestnuts

Creamy and sweet boiled chestnuts is one of the most delicious and easy fall snacks you can make at home. Cooked chestnuts in general are very characteristic of fall (October, November). Sometimes, depending on the region, you can still enjoy chestnuts even during December. Delicate, sweet and buttery flavor of cooked chestnuts is why many …

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