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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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St.Joseph’s Pastries {Zeppole di San Giuseppe}

St. Joseph’s Pastries or Zeppole di San Giuseppe are traditional cream filled pastries from Campagna region of Italy. A little bit of curiosity Zeppole di San Giuseppe is a MUST-MAKE for Saint Joseph’s Day (March 19) which is one of the principal feasts in Western Christianity. Since Saint Joseph is known to be the foster-father …

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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. The word Sfogliatelle is pronounced as [sfoo-llia-te-lle] in its plural form. One single pastry is called “sfogliatella”. In Neapolitan dialect you might often hear them pronounced as [schwee-ah-dell]. …

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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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Chiacchiere {Crostoli} – Italian Carnival Fritters

Crispy, bubbly and super addicting Chiacchiere ia a typical food during Mardi Gras or Carnival season in Italy. Both kids & adults adore them! Depending on the region they differ in shape, name and even slightly in the ingredients. Chiacchiere, pronounced as [kjakˈkjɛːre], is their typical name in Lombardia, crostoli in Veneto, frappe in Central …

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Pressure Cooker Brussel Sprouts with Pine Nuts & Pomegranate Seeds

Are you always on the go? Or maybe tired of the  same old veggie sides? These pressure cooker brussel sprouts is a total saver. Quite literally! Aside from instant noodle bowl, what else can you make in less than 5 minutes?? Brussel sprouts cook in pressure cooker for 3-4 minutes while maintaining all vitamins and …

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Ditalini Soup with Chickpeas & Bacon

Creamy, decadent, warming and utterly delicious this ditalini soup is your next favorite this winter. Chicken broth gives it an incredible rich flavor but you can certainly make it using just water. Bacon will do its job anyway.   Creamy, decadent, warming and utterly delicious this ditalini soup is your next favorite this winter. Buon …

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Pignolata – Italian Fried Honey Balls

Pignolata is one of the most simple and delicious treats typical for Christmas and Carnival season. These slightly crunchy fried dough balls coated with honey and lemon zest they are simple irresistible. Depending in the region, you might also know them by the name Struffoli (Napoli, Campagnia), Cicerchiata (Abruzzo, Marche, Molise), Sannacchiudere (Taranto, Apulia) and …

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Italian “Halloween” Chestnut Necklace

In Italy Halloween is seen and “lived” in a very different and special way. You can almost say that “Halloween” in Italy exists and it doesn’t, all at the same time. It all depends how you personally look at Halloween as a holiday, and what your expectations are. If you imagine Italian Halloween with costumed …

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