Category: Italy

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How to Cook Perfect Pasta Like a Professional Chef

20 Recipes to Perfect Your Pasta Cooking Skills Pasta is one of the most versatile meals to cook and the easiest to perfect. In most cases, it requires a handful of ingredients and minimal time to make, while the result is always delicious! The Italians brought pasta to the world millennia ago, yet they keep to the traditional way of cooking it, and this makes pasta a worldwide favourite food! We all love it, ask for it whenever we visit amazing Italy and strive to perfect it while trying endless variations in our kitchen. Here are a few tried and...

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25 Easy Pasta Recipes Ready In Under Half an Hour

Easy Pasta Paradise Pasta is one of the most versatile, easy to make and absolutely delicious meals humankind should thank the Italians for inventing and spreading worldwide! Every nation must have heard of and made pasta at some point or in some form, even if adapted to specific regional or cultural circumstances. Traditionally, pasta is associated with Italy, although there are mentions of similar foods in the Far East or the Greek mythology going back many thousands of years. It does not matter if you are looking to impress someone on a special occasion or just have limited time to...

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How to Make Upside Down Caramelised Orange Cake With Ricotta

An Italian Inspired Delight for Your Morning Coffee Orange and ricotta cake in endless variations is a famous desert around Italy, especially in the south where orange trees grow everywhere, not only in orchards, and cheesemaking has become a true art over the millennia. I often look for inspiration in the incredible Italian cuisine when cooking or baking, and each time I congratulate myself for the result is always exceptional. I tried two versions for this cake: for one, I sprinkled sugar on the bottom of the baking mould and placed the orange slices over it to caramelise them during...

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How to Make the Softest Italian Pear and Almond Chocolate Cake

Valentine’s Day Delight or Daily Coffee Side? This Pear and Almond Chocolate Cake is a delicious and versatile dessert that works wonderfully both as an indulgent dessert to finish a romantic Valentine Day’s dinner AND as a side for your daily coffee(s). To the Italians, it is in most cases the latter, but that does not mean this pear and almond chocolate cake cannot make a perfect special occasion dessert. To me, it works the same way Tiramisù would: “wow!” And “can I have more, please?” Imagine the combination of delicate, soft and juicy pears and the crunchiness offered by...

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Perfect Bread Maker Panettone – Christmas Made Easy

The Bread of Toni As is the case with everything Italian, the nation’s Christmas traditional dessert, Panettone, has its own history that goes back to the fifteenth century.  A legend has it that one Christmas Eve, while the entire court and guests of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan were sat at the festive table, disaster stroke in the kitchen. The cook managed to accidentally burn the dessert!  Mamma mia, che dolore che faccio ora il duce mi va cortare il capo! (Oh, dear God, what a disaster, the duke will chop my head off!) While the unfortunate cook was pulling his...

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Cannelloni With Spinach and Ricotta: An Easy Dinner Idea

Cannelloni With Spinach and Ricotta – The Best Italian Sunday Meal Cannelloni are, in essence, pasta tubes filled with ricotta and spinach or cooked mince meats. Although Italy’s history of pasta goes back to the 4th century BC, cannelloni seems to be a bit younger. Their origin traced around the 8th century CE, in the Etruscan times. There are mentions of this dish in Toscana and Campania around the same time, even if there is some distance between the two regions. Today, all supermarkets sell packs of dry tubes, and this saves time in cooking cannelloni. Nevertheless, the Italians praise...

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Make the Best Italian Ciabatta Bread

Rustic Ciabatta: Our Daily Bread from the Eighties Bread might be one of the oldest foods created by humans, but people will always invent new varieties, especially the French or Italians. It is the case of rustic Italian ciabatta, our daily loaf from the eighties, which at nearly fifty is one of the youngest assortments of bread that found worldwide fame in just a few years from being invented.  How has the delicious slipper-shaped bread with a smooth, crisp crust and porous, slightly humid interior come to be? It seems we owe it to the Italian rally pilot turned miller,...

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How to Make the Best Ever Classic Tiramisù

A Finger-Licking Delicious Italian Dessert Disclaimer: If you are old enough to drink, you should always drink responsibly! A while ago, I came across this book: Every Day Is A Holiday, by George Mahood. The author, a family man, had an epiphany that people invented or created lots of holidays connected to something meaningful. The entire calendar, all 360 days of it, consists of something significant enough that deserves recognition. So, Mahood celebrated every day for a whole year. Anything is worth revelling, from Zombie Day on the first of January to Oopsie Daisy Day, Awkward Moments Day, Work Naked Day, No...

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Make the Best Spaghetti With Clams – Pasta All’Amalfitana

An Amalfi Coast Special Release the well-known aphrodisiac power of seashells in this easy to make spaghetti with clams recipe that will make your dinner special! Date night, a special Valentine’s Day meal or even a regular easy dinner would become notable when you add a touch of Italian cuisine magic! The truth be told, no Italian food can go wrong, but you can make it just a bit more particular by adding ingredients that work wonders to a relatively simple dish. Imagine the sparkle this dish can ignite on Valentine’s Day! To many, pasta with clams does not even...

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Venice. The Jewel Of The Adriatic

Game of Masks Music: Winter in July, Sarah Brightman Movie: Pane e Tulipani (Bread and Tulips) Book: The Honest Courtesan, Margaret Rosenthal  For the entire summer, the cruise ship docks in Venice for three days every three weeks. A few minutes stroll through a sea of tourists that swarm the city in the summer months takes me to Piazza San Marco.  Even closer to the pier is an extension of the Giardini della Biennale, called Viale Giuseppe Garibaldi. My favourite quiet place in Venice. Here, I like to spend time alone with a book, sitting on one of the benches strewn along the shaded alley.  Most...

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