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 sunny dish for this rainy day: Zucchini alla scapece

Oh my . . . how long has it been! So long that I almost feel as intimidated as I was when I wrote my first post. In fact, one of the reason why I haven't been writing is because I did not know how to come back. I kept thinking: "Am I supposed to …

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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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A Recipe from Sicily . . . Pesto Trapanese.

When speaking of Pesto, the Italian region of Liguria naturally comes to mind. It is in fact in this region that one of the best known Italian recipes originated. In one of my previous posts I have already shared a variation of the traditional Pesto Ligure, the Trenette Avvantagiae.  The recipe however, was still one of …

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If it’s Friday. . . it’s Pesce!

Last week I had tweeted this picture and I promised that I would have followed up with a post, so here I am, as promised. Risotto ai gamberi (Risotto with shrimp) is one of my favorite dish to prepare. It is comforting and fresh at the same time, perfect for Spring.  To me it represents the fusion of …

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