Migliaccio

Migliaccio

Today is Mardis Gras… and in Italy it is the last day of Carnevale.  Carnevale is one of the festivities I miss the most.  As a child, I loved going around the streets in my town all dressed up, playing pranks and throwning coloured confetti at my friends.  The best time of all was the…

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Pumpkin Risotto with Gorgonzola Sauce

Pumpkin Risotto with Gorgonzola Sauce

Today I am back with a typical Italian recipe.  This is a dish that well represents Lombardy, the region where I was born.  Milan is very famous for its risotto and pumpkin is often used in our cooking.  Gorgonzola, my favourite cheese ever, is a blue cheese originally from the town of Gorgonzola, very close…

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Brutti ma Buoni

Brutti ma Buoni

It’s been a while since I have posted one of my Regional Italian recipes, so I think it’s time to publish one.  This is a recipe that is very dear to me, as it is one that we would often make at home when we had some egg whites left over from other recipes.  It…

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Casoncelli alla Bergamasca

Casoncelli alla Bergamasca

Today’s post is all about tradition.  I often say that talking about Italian cuisine is not very accurate… every region (and sometimes even city!) has its own cuisine, so it would be more correct to say Italian cuisines.  Every area of Italy has its own traditional stuffed pasta which can differ in shape, size and/or…

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Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Finally a pasta dish again! I cannot believe I haven’t published a recipe for pasta in a while!  When we were living in Italy, we used to eat pasta once a day… almost every day.  Yep, that’s the way Italians do it.  But after moving to Australia, we don’t eat it quite as often.  Still,…

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Gnocchi alla Romana

Gnocchi alla Romana

This month, the Daring Cooks challenged us to think inside the box – the icebox, that is! Audax taught us some really cool tips and tricks for stocking our freezers with prepare-ahead meals that can keep our taste buds satisfied even during the busiest of times. It is back to school time for many families in the…

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Cassoeula

Cassoeula

As I mentioned in my previous post on how to make Verzini sausages at home, Cassoeula is one of the most iconic dishes from Milan, the city where I was born.  Cassoeula is a stew made with pork meat and cabbage.  In the past, people would cook pig’s ears and trotters in it too, but…

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Home-made Verzini

Home-made Verzini

As you may know, I was born and brought up in Milan.  Foodwise, Milan is famous for risotto (especially Risotto alla Milanese, made with saffron), ossobuco, cotoletta, panettone and cassoeula.  As you can see, I have already shared the recipes for the most famous Milanese food… all, but one: Cassoeula.  The reason why it took…

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Sbrisolona

Sbrisolona

My series on Regional Italian food is back!  Finally!  Today’s recipe comes from the region I was born in: Lombardy and more precisely from the beautiful town of Mantova.  This area is a culinary heaven… but then again, what part of Italy isn’t?  I have already shared with you the recipes for Mostarda Mantovana and Tortelli…

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Impepata di Cozze - Peppered Mussels

IMPEPATA DI COZZE – PEPPERED MUSSELS

Today I am back with a recipe for my Regional Italian dish series!  I am taking you all to Campania and Naples with a delicious and very easy to make dish: Peppered Mussels.  All you need, besides mussels, are garlic, good quality extra virgin olive oil, parsley and… pepper.  The more pepper the better.  This…

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Ricotta filled Graffe

RICOTTA FILLED GRAFFE

Today’s recipe comes from the Sicilian town of Trapani, where my mother was born.  These are similar, but not the same as the more famous Neapolitan graffe, the dough of which includes potatoes.  Graffe in Trapani are like doughnuts, fried and then filled with the same sweet ricotta filling used for Cannoli, Sfinciuni di San…

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Tortelli di Zucca

TORTELLI DI ZUCCA – PUMPKIN TORTELLI

In my last post I had promised you a recipe to use up some of that beautiful Mostarda Mantovana that I showed you how to make. Well… here I am to keep my promise. Today’s recipe is yet another recipe from Mantova, in Lombardy and it is an honour for me to showcase it on…

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