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Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe

Orecchiette with broccoli rabe is one of the signature pasta dishes from Apulia, city of Bari in particular. This is a classic “poor man’s dish” or cucina povera that dates back to ancient times. A couple of simple local ingredients like homemade pasta (orecchiette), seasonal veggies (broccoli rabe), anchovy fillets, extra virgin olive oil, garlic …

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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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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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Canestrelli – Italian Egg Yolk Cookies

Let’s not talk about canestrelli as classic shortbread cookies from Northern Italy (Liguria and Piedmont region in particular) – even though that IS true. But what is more important is this. As you put a cookie in the mouth it immediately feels like heaven. Delicious lemony flavor, super soft and butter-ly texture with a light …

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Green Beans And Potatoes – Classic Recipe & 5 Delicious Variations

If you’re looking for simple, delicious, no-fuss dish that can be served in many different ways then you’ve got to try this green beans and potato salad! Slightly crunchy green beans are paired with soft potatoes and seasoned with delicious olive oil, vinegar and parsley dressing. Add finely chopped garlic if you like a bit …

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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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Tortelli Mantovani {Pumpkin Tortelli from Northern Italy}

Pumpkin Tortelli or Tortelli Mantovani is a traditional pasta from Northern Italy (Lombardy region) made particularly for Christmas Eve. Pumpkin, as a protagonist of the season is also a key ingredient in the filling of these tortelli. But Tortelli Mantovani are called so for a reason. It’s not just simple pumpkin that sets them aside, …

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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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Bruttiboni {Italian Hazelnut Cookies}

Also called Brutti Ma Buoni are traditional Italian cookies made with cooked meringue and chopped hazelnuts. Their origin is pretty vague. Some thing they were first seen in a family-owned pastry shop in Gavirate, Lombardia. Others believe they come from Piemonte region or even Emilia Romagna. Whatever the truth is all agree that they are …

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Tagliatelle with Sauteed Mushrooms, Roasted Meat & Chestnuts

Cold days are here, which means it’s the best time to indulge yourself with a hot bowl of homemade pasta. With all seasonal fall foods like mushrooms and chestnuts these tagliatelle is luxury in the bowl. Trust me, with homemade semolina flour pasta (tagliatelle, fettuccine or pappardelle are the best) that texture, that tiny little …

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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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