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Fall recipes

Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Mushrooms & Chestnuts

Delicious creamy pumpkin soup with extra comforting fall flavors? Why not! You’ve probably seen a gazillion of pumpkin soups of all kinds during the season. Some very easy to make with a few simple ingredients, some a more sophisticated and gourmet. So here I am, with a pumpkin cream soup recipe as well. Lol BUT …

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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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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is a show stopper. Not only it looks like a real pumpkin but it makes your mouth water just smelling the fragrance of delicious fall flavors: pumpkin, cinnamon, chocolate and raisins. The best part? It doesn’t require any special equipment or tedious preparation. In fact, this pumpkin shaped bread is …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Red Wine Risotto With Italian Sausage & Rosemary

Red wine risotto is one of those magic dishes that requires minimum ingredients, very little effort but tun out to be out of this world delicious! Imagine delicate and creamy risotto paired with seasoned bites of Italian sausage and fragrant fresh rosemary sprigs. Of course it wouldn’t be the same without red wine. Just don’t …

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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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