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Pappa al Pomodoro, Amore Mio!

The renown “Pappa al Pomodoro” is a popular main dish amongst the Tuscany farmers, especially in Siena. It is a thick soup, made of bread, tomatoes, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, garlic and basil. It can be eaten either warm or cold and a nutritious recipe for those who follow a vegetarian diet.  This dish was…

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Hot Lentil Soup with Cornbread

In Italy, a popular New Year’s Eve tradition states that eating lentils at midnight will bring one financial prosperity in the year to come… Red hot chilli peppers are also a symbol of good luck and money! Today, I want to share with you how to make a fantastic lentil soup with tomato sauce and blend it…

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Savoury Stuffed Potato Cake

Dig into this savoury stuffed potato cake. A rich and nourishing dish that can be eaten as a complete meal. This delicious savoury baked cake is made of a crunchy mashed potatoes shell and filled with Black Olives Tapenade, spinach, ham and cheese! If you prefer a lighter taste you can also use Green Olive Tapenade. Black Olives Tapenade is…

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Genovese Pesto Lasagne

Pesto Lasagne is a favourite Sunday meal for Italians! Today I will share with you a vegetarian lasagna made with Basil Pesto. A traditional recipe from Genoa, the capital of northwest Italy’s Liguria region. You can find a wide range of dishes made with Basil Pesto.  It’s an Italian classic combined with Trofie Pasta and it is also delicious…

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Gnocchi alla Romana

“Gnocchi” are versatile Italian-style dumplings. It’s an ancient ingredient of the Italian cuisine and there are many different recipes to make the dough and the sauce. In Rome, there is a recipe which is slightly different from all the other ones so I really wanted to share it with you today! There are 2 famous Roman…

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Fettuccine Pasta with Speck and Radicchio Sauce

Today, we will prepare together a pasta recipe using two flavourful ingredients that are typical of the Winter season: Radicchio and Speck. Radicchio is a type of chicory, a flavorful and versatile fall vegetable. The leaves are a little bitter with a crisp crunch. Speck is a pork-product very similar to prosciutto but the meat…

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New Year Fortune Biscuits!

Every year, I bake delicious handmade biscuits and give a pack to my relatives and friends as a gift. I feel that this is a nice way to wish them a prosperous (and delicious!) New Year 🙂 Nowadays, they are well renowned as “Irene Fortune Biscuits”! I follow the recipe of my Grandma to make…

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Christmas Polpettone with Garlic Roast Potatoes

I am sure that everyone has heard about “polpette“, Italian meatballs… but do you know what’s a “polpettone”?  Polpettone is an Italian meatloaf (or a meatball large enough to share). It is a traditional dish made from a mixture of different meats and stuffed with vegetables, herbs and cheese. It is super delicious and perfect to celebrate…

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Christmas Traditions in Italy

When it comes to Christmas celebrations, there is no other place in the world like Italy. It is a great place to be at Christmas time since Italians have lots of special Christmas traditions! Throughout the whole country, Natale tends to be a family-centric holiday. A time to stay at home (and eat!) with loved ones. However,…

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Cous Cous with Clams, Olives, Pistachio and Balsamic Vinegar “Malpighi”

Many will say that clams are a typical Summer ingredient… but actually, they are delicious any time of the year! Their sandy taste matches perfectly with grains such as couscous and nuts like pistachio. Today, I’m going to mix these ingredients to create a wonderful autumnal recipe with a summer aftertaste.  A perfect way to say goodbye…

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