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Soffritto: The Key to an Authentic Italian Red Sauce

Have you ever heard of soffritto?  The word means slow fried, or under fried and indicates the cooking method for the first ingredients of a delicious red sauce.  Ingredients to this can vary a bit, but typically in Italy the soffritto consists of three vegetables: onion, carrot, and celery.

Cicchetti: A Traditional Venetian Appetizer Easy to Make at Home

Today we are sharing with you a Venetian tradition, as easy to create for your guests at home as it is to enjoy in La Serenissima herself. Cicchetti. Pronounced, chee-ket-tee. They are local snacks, traditionally served with an “ombra”, a small glass of local wine.

Radicchio: A Winter Delicacy in Italy

With a proud smile on her face, Sabrina went to speak with the man behind the counter.  She came back saying, “OK, he is preparing for us some specialties from the area.”  We had no idea what was in store.  The waiter arrived with a plate of baked Radicchio di Treviso, the most gorgeous looking food I’ve ever seen, with polenta, a cheese from the mountains, and a local meat.  Every bite was special.

What to do With All Those Pumpkins: Italy Inspired Pumpkin Recipes

As kids and kids at heart here in America choose costumes, jack-o-lanterns, and look forward to Halloween, we find pumpkins all over our grocery stores and decorating our homes.  This time of year is a perfect opportunity to have some fun in the kitchen while the pumpkins are in season and create some delicious meals to share with family and friends!  While Halloween as we know it is only starting to catch on in Italy, they have some fabulous pumpkin dishes that will make any Fall lover’s mouth water!   Read on to discover recipes for pasta, risotto, soup, and...

Grilled Vegetables: A Healthy Italian Side Dish for Your Weekend Cook-Out

With the weather cooling, Fall is a great time to get outside and grill out with family and friends.  Whatever your main meal of choice, vegetables can be a perfect side dish to add some color and flavor to your meal.  In Italy, a grilled vegetable “contorno”, or side dish, is a delicious, not to mention healthy, complement to any meal.  It is among the most common side dishes you will find in homes and restaurants.   To make it yourself, choose the vegetables you’d like to use. I love the yellow squash, zucchini, and eggplant combination, but you can also...

Strozzapreti Pasta, Funny Name for a Fabulous Dish!

The comparatively large noodles and quality of ingredients (durum semolina and mountain spring water) of Mia Emilia’s Strozzapreti pasta offer a unique texture that allows the sauce to not only coat but be absorbed into the noodle.  As you bite down, the fullness of the flavor in the wheat and the sauce combine into an experience you have to savor.  The pasta makers at Spighe Molisane adhere to tradition, making this special pasta out of durum wheat semolina and water, without eggs.  The water comes from the Matese mountains between the regions of Molise and Campania in Southern Italy.  A...

The Roman Salad You Should Try This Week

Salads in Italy are different from many of ours here, as they do not use salad dressings like we have in so many varieties.  Instead, they are delicately drizzled in extra virgin olive oil and maybe some lemon juice or a good vinegar.  With such fresh, seasonal ingredients, it works nicely.  The sweetness of the almost licorice tasting fennel combined beautifully with citrusy oranges and slightly salty olives.  Spicy olive oil was the perfect finish.