The Dinette Teller – 26. Classic Never Dies: the Basil

Origins & Varieties The term Basil (Ocimum basilicus), derives from the Greek “Basilikos”, which means “The Royal Grass”. It has always been linked with holiness. It is namely told that it grew up for the first time at the base of the Jesus Cross and harvested by Empress Elena. Basil is part of the Labiate…

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Herbs-seasoned Turkey with Balsamic Vinegar “Saporoso”

Today for lunch, I was in the mood for something simple and light but at the same time exquisite. I have prepared this yummy turkey with herbs, the effect is deeply aromatic without masking the taste and I used balsamic vinegar for the dressing, each bite provides a forkful of flavour! The Balsamic Vinegar Saporoso has a…

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The Dinette Teller – 25. Celebrating Pisa Luminaria on the 16th of June

An important event in Pisa is the festivities of Saint Ranieri and the beautiful Luminaria, a magic event that takes place on the evening of June 16. WHO WAS SAINT RANIERI? Saint Ranieri was born in 1118 and died on the 17th of June 1160. He was the son of a famous merchant. His life was…

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Parmigiana Rolls with Sundried Tomatoes

Aubergine Parmigiana is one of the most famous Italian recipes all around the world. The traditional recipe is made with deep fried slices of aubergine, mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil. All placed in a tin with the same layers of a lasagna. It is definitely delicious, but for sure it is quite heavy and it…

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The Dinette Teller – 24. The Magic and culinary powers of Garlic

Garlic is the bulb of the Allium Sativum, a plant of the Liliaceae family, originated in Central Asia. A really versatile and a fundamental ingredient in many recipes HISTORY The name “Garlic” derives from the scientific name “Allium”. In the ancient world, the first mention can be found in an Egyptian medical paper where they considered…

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Vegetarian Arancini: Italian Crispy Rice Balls

Last week it was my birthday and my friends and I gathered together for dinner to celebrate it! I prepared a traditional Italian recipe “Arancini”, but I added a creative touch to make this very special meal “on my own way”! Arancini are delicious crispy rice balls. The traditional recipe is made with bolognese sauce…

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The Dinette Teller – 23. Italian Republic Day, 2nd of June

Italian Republic Day, 2nd of June A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY June 2nd, 1946, was the day Italians voted to abolish the monarchy, and the Republic of Italy was born; hence Republic Day This date is very important for a further reason, since it saw the very first democratic vote of the Italian population, involving…

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Orecchiette with Artichokes Patè and Shrimps

For Italians, pasta could be eaten even ones a day and a meal without it could feel incomplete. Pasta is a versatile dish that releases energy slowly; it is highly digestible and the lack of fats makes it suitable for low-calorie diets. In Italy, there are more pasta recipes than days in the year! Here’s a…

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The Dinette Teller – 22. Asparagus, the Spring Table King

Asparagus is well known for its unique, savoury taste. The first asparagus of the spring start sprouting as early as March and the season ends at mid-June. Asparagus’ flavour is at its peak in May when you can find both green and the more coveted white and purple varieties on the Italian menus. Green asparagus…

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Eggs in a Bun with Tomato Sauce

Looking for delicious breakfast idea? If you are tired of the traditional omelette or scrambled egg, this recipe is perfect for you! Here is a golden delicacy, a fanciful recipe, a common dish done uncommonly well 🙂 A recipe that will remind you of your childhood. Dipping a slice of toasted bread in the soft yolk of an egg but this time..…

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