Chiacchiere (Carnival Fried Pastries)

“A Carnevale ogni scherzo vale” (Anything goes at Carnival time). Carnevale (Italian Carnival or Mardi Gras) is celebrated 40 days before Easter and is the last chance to party before Ash Wednesday and the restrictions of Lent. In Italy we celebrates Carnevale with masquerade balls, goliardic parties and parades showcasing gigantic floats. Children, dressed up in costumes, throw […]

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The Art Of Baking Bread At Home

“Bread baking is one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world’s sweetest smells… there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel, that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony […]

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Sbriciolata Alla Nutella (Nutella Crumb Cake)

To all the Nutella lovers, here is so far the best Nutella cake I’ve ever baked. Sbriciolata (literally crumbled) is a type of cake that holds a smooth filling (in this case Nutella) between two layers of crunchy shortcrust crumbs. The preparation of the dough is the same as for the Sbrisolona cake, the typical Lombard tart originated in the […]

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Happy National Spaghetti Day!

The Italian word PESTO (literally “to trample”) usually refers to the sauce originating in the city of Genoa (Liguria), made with basil, garlic, EVOO , Parmigiano Reggiano PDO, pecorino cheese, pine nuts and coarse salt. Pesto is traditionally prepared in a marble mortar with a wooden pestle and could be prepared with various ingredients such […]

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