Fall is for Chestnuts…Vellutata Di Castagne

This recipe was inspired by a trip to the market where on display they had a barrel full of Italian chestnuts, le castagne. Chestnuts and hazelnuts are two of the main species of trees that grows in the mountain surrounding my hometown in Italy. In the cold nights of fall and winter, il carretto delle caldarroste, …

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A Fall recipe: Butternut Squash Risotto with Fontina Fonduta

Today I am giving you a break from my Italy trip journal and I am sharing one of my favorite Fall dish: Risotto di zucca con fonduta di Fontina (Butternut squash risotto with Fontina cheese sauce). Fontina is a typical cheese from the Italian region of Valle d'Aosta. Fonduta is a variation of the classic …

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Delizia al Limoncello . . . a cake fit for celebrations!

In three days I will be flying to Italy and I cannot tell you how excited I am, however, I could not leave without sharing with you another moment of excitement in my adventure as a blogger. I am celebrating 10,000 views on my blog . . . I am ecstatic! Coincidentally, I hit the …

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From an Old Cookbook . . .

An almost forgotten simple, sweet recipe. Last week while doing some housekeeping, I came across an old, little cookbook: il libro dei dolci (the dessert book). I had not seen the book in years, as it got lost among my boxes full of magazines and loose recipes. It was a free insert of Insieme, an Italian magazine …

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The Recipe of the Neapolitan Ragu` . . . Dedicated to my Father.

Today is Father's Day in USA and although in Italy we celebrate this holiday on March 19th, it feels appropriate to dedicate this post to my father. It was June 5, 1998, it was a sunny afternoon and I was sitting on the sideline of the soccer field where my children were training. Unexpectedly, I saw my …

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