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Pizzagaina {Pizza Chiena, Pizza Rustica, Pizza Piena}

Pizzagaina is an Italian-American adaption of the Italian Pizza Piena also widely known as Pizza Rustica. Pizza Chiena is a typical Neapolitan rustic ham, salami and cheese pie prepared during Easter, specifically on Good Friday. Just like Crescia {Pizza Di Pasqua} it’s usually baked on Friday to be eaten the next day. Remember? According to …

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Cotechino With Lentils – Italian New Year’s Tradition

Cotechino and lentils is a typical dish for New Year’s Eve. Mainly for two reasons.  First, if you’ve ever received an Italian Christmas Gift Basket you’re most likely have found cotechino precooked cotechino sausage among other typical products. So New Year’s is a perfect time to prepare cotechino. But of course it’s a popular comfort …

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The Best Italian Recipes With Eggplant

Who doesn’t love soft and creamy texture of eggplants? Its mild and delicate flavor makes eggplant a perfect veggie (or it’s actually a FRUIT!) to pair with all sorts of flavors. That’s why eggplant is the main ingredient of some of the iconic Italian dishes. Parmigiana {Eggplant Parmesan} If you ask an Italian to name …

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The Best Italian No Bake Desserts

On a hot summer day, is there anything better than indulging yourself with one of these fresh, mouth watering desserts? 😊 The best part? Most of them are ready in under 20 minutes and there’s ZERO baking involved 😉💃 Lemon Semifreddo With Ricotta & Fresh Mint Sauce The lightest, semi-frozen dessert you can imagine! Its …

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Sauteed Broccoli Rabe {Rapini}

Are you tired of conventional steamed spinach or broccoli sides? This sauteed broccoli rabe will give you the perfect variety to classic healthy green sides. For those of you hearing about this leafy vegetable for the first time, let’s see what broccoli rabe actually is. What is Broccoli Rabe? Broccoli rabe is a green leafy …

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Cuccidati – Italian Fig Cookies

Cuccidati Siciliani, also spelled as “cucciddati” are typical Italian Fig Cookies from Sicily that are made during Christmas time and big holidays. Shortbread pastry dough stuffed with soft, fragrant mix of dried figs, nuts, chocolate, candied fruit and a hint of cinnamon is what makes cuccidati cookies unforgettable from the first bite. Cuccidati Origin Speaking …

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Mostarda Mantovana {Northern Italy Candied Fruit Condiment}

Have you ever heard of Italian mustards? It’s not a conventional type of mustard, but rather a type of condiment in and of itself. To make Italian Mustard, candied fruit such as quince apples, green apples, pears and more are cooked in mustard-flavored syrup. Today we are making one of the most classic and one …

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Sicilian Almond Milk Pudding {Biancomangiare}

To someone who grew up in Sicily, Sardinia or Valley d’Aosta biancomangiare pudding unmistakably recalls to their childhood memories. Because this simple almond milk pudding is one of best afternoon snacks for the kids. AND the adults 😉 Biancomangiare is pronounced as “bjan-ko man-ja-re” and literally translates from Italian as “white dish”. It’s made with …

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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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Sfogliatelle {Authentic Recipe Step By Step}

Sfogliatelle Ricce is an iconic Italian pastry originated in Napoli, Campagnia region. Super thin layers of crunchy dough filled with delicious orange and cinnamon flavored ricotta cream. In this recipe for sfogliatelle you’ll find everything you need to make it a success: best tools to use, tips and tricks ans step by step pictures. The …

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Frittelle {Ciambelle} – Italian Doughnuts

Frittelle, ciambelle or simply legendary Italian doughnuts. These is a special treat that should never be missed during Christmas time and especially during Carnival (Mardi Gras) period. And honestly, any other time of the year when you have cravings for a soft, lemon-flavored doughnut that simply melts in your mouth. This an original and authentic …

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Artichokes: How To Trim, Clean & Cook Fresh Artichokes

Artichokes is one of my favorite veggies. I usually make quite a lot of them during artichoke peak season, which is usually December through April. But I know there are farms in California that cultivate artichokes all year round. If you’ve never tried artichokes you’ve most certainly seen them at a grocery store. They look …

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Bottarga {What Is Bottarga & How To Use It}

What Is Bottarga And How It’s Made Bottarga is salt-cured fish roe made mainly from grey mullet and tuna fish egg pouches. Roe sacks are extracted carefully and cleaned thoroughly under the cold running water from the excessive blood. After that it is massaged with the hands using fine grained salt. You have to be …

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Cecina or Farinata {Ligurian Chickpea Flatbread}

Hot out of the oven farinata is probably one of the best tastes that can instantly throw you back to Ligurian province of Italy. But not only there. Farinata, cecina or torta di ceci [che-chee] is also widely popular in Tuscany, north-west of Sardinia (called “fainè”), island of Corsica and even French Riviera where it’s …

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