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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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Pasta With Cauliflower Sicilian Style

Pasta with Cauliflower is one of the staples of Sicilian cuisine. During cold season it’s one of the most comforting dishes you can treats yourself to. It’s made with all typical ingredients from this territory like purple cauliflower, pine nuts, raisins, anchovies and saffron. In Sicilian dialect you’ll often hear it by the name “Pasta …

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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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Busiate Pasta With Pesto Alla Trapanese

Busiate or busiati is a long, thin, hollow tube pasta, twisted in the way that it resembles a telephone cord. Busiate are typical to Western Sicily and considered to be an iconic pasta type that represents Trapani region. In some way it resembles corkscrew or fusilli type of pasta. BUT they’re still FAR away cousins. …

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Pesto Alla Trapanese {Sicilian Almond, Tomato & Basil Pesto}

A month of Sicilian foods and recipes couldn’t have gone without one of my favorite pasta sauces – pesto! Pesto alla Trapanese is a Sicilian pesto with 3 main ingredients: almonds, tomatoes and basil. As its name implies it’s a typical pesto from province of Trapani. In ancient times, ships coming from Genoa to the …

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Penne Pasta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes & Black Olives

Would you be surprised if I told you that the whole idea of this pasta was inspired by a piece of ricotta salata (salted ricotta cheese) that I had in the fridge? And it turned out SO-oh-o  good that I encored it 4 times during the same week. Before you mentally disconnect thinking of ricotta …

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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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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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Salmon Carpaccio {Carpaccio Di Salmone}

Salmon carpaccio is one of the easiest and yummiest things you can make with fresh salmon or smoked salmon. In fact, carpaccio is a great idea how to serve smoked salmon for the guests. Light and filling it’s perfect for hot summer days paired with some fresh bread and white wine. Mmm – YUM! 😋 …

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