If there is one recipe that sums up all of Sicily for me, it has to be pasta with wild fennel and sardines. Pasta con le sarde (pasta with sardines) is a dish so subtle, mysterious and harmonious.
Fried dough is common in many cultures. But in Italy, they fry dough for special occasions, especially during Christmas time. Pignolata are made in Sicily, Calabria and Umbria, so to keep these tiny delights regionally neutral, I will call them Italian honey balls.
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Christmas time is my favorite time of the year! It's not about the presents for me, it's about the baking! Not only do we bake all different kinds of cookies, we also bake special breads, like this Pandolce Genovese.
Hello, there! How as your holiday week? Did you get enough of turkey yet and are now figuring out what to do with the leftovers and all the pie? I'm still here dreaming of the pumpkin pies and side dishes and I had to squeeze in one more pumpkin recipe before the calendar turns to December: Homemade Pumpkin Pappardelle!
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Whoa! Thanksgiving went by in a flash! I have to say that I am a huge fan of the turkey and the sides, but quite possibly the pies may be my all-time favorite part of the day! This perfect pie crust recipe is one that you could use not only on Thanksgiving, but for Christmas or any time you have a mad PIE craving! I love to make pies during the holidays...almost as much (or maybe more!)than making Christmas cookies!
SO did you know that Thanksgiving is just 4 days away? Yes, just four! I know, seriously, where did the time go? I am sharing this super easy recipe for slow-roasted turkey wings!
Pan' e vino, e San Martino: Bread and Wine, and Saint Martin. You may hear this phrase in Sicily (especially in Palermo)in reference to Feast Day of San Martino. He happens to be the patron saint of wine and wine making! On November 11th, you enjoy biscotti di San Martino by dipping them in Moscato (an Italian sweet wine) or any new wine (I love my in-laws homemade wine!).
So what in the world happened to our gorgeous fall weather? I was getting my boots out and even bought a new sweater! I really got into the fall baking and was planning out my pie baking marathon. Then November turned into a repeat of August here in Florida. But that didn't stop me from continuing the pie baking plans! The first on the list was this lovely Southern Buttermilk Pie!
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There is no way that it is already the 3rd day of November! Where in the world did the last 2 months go?!? I'm just now getting into my groove of making pumpkin recipes, and now it's full speed ahead with Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Have you been experiencing fall in beautiful weather and flavors? Have you been craving any thing pumpkin? I have and I have been craving these pumpkin swirl brownies! I haven't made them in a while and thought since the temperatures cooled a little, the timing was right!
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Fall is here and of course it means I am baking with apples! It is my all time favorite season to bake! I bake a torta di mele (apple cake) at least once a week! Is that too much apple cake? I seriously don't think so! There can never be enough apple cakes, in my honest opinion!
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The beginning of fall has passed me so quickly and I haven't even had a chance to share yet one, just ONE, pumpkin recipe. There is nothing that makes me feel happier than the smell of something pumpkin baking in my oven. What makes me even happier is thinking of having a a taste of something pumkin with a hot cup of coffee and a great book!
I know some of you couldn't wait for pumpkin any thing and I saw recipes flashing by on facebook and Pinterest when it was still just September, but I was patient, maybe a little too patient! Here is a pumpkin recipe roundup of some things I have shared here through the years. There is everything from breads to pies to even my ever popular on Pinterest, Pumpkin Tiramisu Cupcakes! So grab that hot cup of coffee and enjoy! For more Pumpkin inspiration, check out my Pumpkin Board on Pinterest!!
Breads and Breakfast
1. Pumpkin Challah Bread (pictured above)
2. Browned Butter Pumpkin Beer Bread
3. Vegan Pumpkin Bread
4. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
5. Pumpkin Cranberry Scones
Cakes and Donuts
6. Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce (pictured below)
7. Pumpkin Streusel Bundt Cake with Pumpkin Glaze
8. Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts (pictured above)
9. Pumpkin Coconut Bundt Cake
10. Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whipped Cream
11. Vegan Maple Pumpkin Pie
12. Pumpkin Coconut Pie (pictured below)
Other Pumpkin Sweets
13. Pumpkin Swirl Brownies
14. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
15. Pumpkin Cookies with White Chocolate Chips and White Chocolate Icing
16. Pumpkin Tiramisu Cupcakes
What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?
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What in the world have you been up to these days? Go ahead and brag about your colder temperatures and relaxing by the fireplace (my friends that live near Boston have been sending us fireplace videos to make us jealous).
If I told you that as soon as it was approaching the end of September, I was dreaming of fireplaces, hot cocoa and comforting French onion soup, would you laugh at me? Seriously? I'm not joking. I know it's not even worth writing about, but to me it's important.
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You may be wondering what is a tray of lasagne Bolognese doing at an Italian Barbecue?!? At an Italian grigliata (barbecue), you will surely find plenty of delicious meat. And this may come to a surprise to you, but the barbecue will be ...minus the sauce. They don’t smother their meat in sweet sauces usually as we do in the States. There is typically a wonderfully light sauce based on olive oil and fresh herbs.
Is it possible to explore Lake Como in ONE DAY? Yes, we will show you how!
Lake Como is set along the southern banks of the Alps in northern Italy and is Italy's third largest lake and stretches from Piedmont to Lombardy and the Veneto, Lake Como consists of about 24 towns and villages. Pliny the Younger, an ancient Roman writer, was one of the first to enjoy Lake Como and owned two villas there. Lake Como is well-loved by the rich and famous (George Clooney has a villa on the lake!) and it is easy to access from Milan. It's no wonder the Milanese choose Lake Como to get away whenever they can!
It is even easier to get to the city of Como from Milan on the newly opened Pedemontana highway. This route brings you from Malpensa (the international airport in Milan) to Como in just about 30 minutes. If you plan to visit this area in the winter, you will find it to be almost deserted. Most of the tourists are gone by the end of August and sometimes it is even warm enough to swim in the lake! The early fall season is when you can truly enjoy the wonders of Lake Como. This wishbone-shaped lake does reawaken around mid-March when the tourists arrive for the picturesque views and to visit the beautiful towns such as Beallagio, Tremezzo and Varenna.
There is so much to see and enjoy for the day in the actual city of Como on Lake Como. Although it will be hard to find a spot to capture a romantic view of the lake, as the promenade is still being remodeled, and I am not sure when it will be completed. Perhaps to ease the pain of the lack of beautiful views, we found free WIFI along the promenade this summer. Although we found it to be spotty, you may have better luck than we did! There are some spots to sneak in a shot of that iconic view. There is plenty to enjoy for free in the beautiful historic center.
The first spot you must check out is the impressive cathedral (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta; Duomo di Como). The cathedral, like most in Italy, took over 350 years to build and has incredible Gothic and Renaissance paintings and tapestries.
Como was built by the Romans and you can find monuments from almost every era of its history. Roman ruins of the city gate and walls remains. The impressive cathedral (Duomo, which is Gothic-Renassaince), like most in Italy, was built and added to over a period of centuries, so you can admire Gothic and Renaissance features including some fine tapestries and paintings. Baroque decorations can be seen on some churches and palazzos of the center.
Another cathedral not to miss is San Fedele (Romanesque), built in the tenth century. Be sure to see the Porta Torre in the Piazza Vittoria (it’s 40 meters high) on the edge of the historic center.
Make the time to visit art gallery Pinacoteca. Also to see is the nine-hundred-year-old gateway, Torre di Porta Vittoria, and the Romanesque church Sant'Abbondio. It's worth paying a visit to the Casa del Fascio (it's free to visit!), a 1930’s geometric work by the rationalist architect Giuseppe Terragni. If you still have time after visiting some of these places, take the funicular to capture spectacular views of the lake from the village of Brunate. It takes about 7 minutes to ride 750 meters above sea level.
Not interested in taking the funicular (or not into heights??)? No problem! You could stay around la Citta’ Murata (the walled city)and wander around. During Medieval times, Como was an entirely walled city. It’s such a pleasure to stroll along the narrow via’s.
Beretta Il Fornaio
If you are spending more than one day in Como and have seen all the sites, do as the Italians do and enjoy the people watching in a piazza! Take the time to enjoy a GELATO!
Now these are merely some suggestions and we don't say you should rush and do all of them at once. I've had the chance to spend period of time in and around Como these last 15 years and these are places that simply wonderful. But there is so much more I didn't include! Look for more posts coming up soon!
Interested in planning a trip to stunning Lake Como (or anywhere in Italy)? I can help you with my Italy Travel Consulting! For one hour, we will talk all about ITALY (I know, what could be better than that!!). Further along in your Italy trip preparations and need someone that speaks Italian, knows the country from one end of the boot to the other (and the islands), get the Italian culture-that would be me! Let’s talk about Italy! My Italy Travel Coaching services has helped dozens of people over the years plan the most amazing trip to Italy! I would love to help you work on your trip to beautiful Italy! email me at savoringitaly @ gmail.com (all attached) and let’s figure out what would work best for you!
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A beautiful guest post from Alessandra Mauri who lives on the lake!
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What is something that you crave for your birthday? Is it a big chocolate cake? Is it ice-cream? Me, I crave homemade fettuccine! Well, not every year. But this year...this year...I was craving fettuccine!
Rain, rain...it seems all it's been doing is raining. As I'm writing this post, it's raining. When I made this zucchini poppy seed bread, it was raining. I'm not going to lie and say we haven't had our share of gorgeous end of summer days. There have been plenty of those. And high humidity and scorching hot sun.
Are YOU a brownies fan like me? I know I've mentioned often I prefer apple desserts to chocolate (what...WHAT?!?). Maybe I should've been specific and said I would take salted caramel brownies over an amazing apple cake. I am confusing even myself. I'm so sorry about that! But there is something about brownies...oh, I do love brownies!
I'm back with some more photos of Eataly Milano Smeraldo. What is the concept behind Eataly? It really is simple. The best quality of Italian foods are all found in this one gorgeous place. You visit Eataly to shop and learn, and of course, to taste a little bit of every thing. Or at least that's what we like to do!
Eataly Smeraldo is located in Milan, in piazza XXV Aprile. It is 5,000 sq.m. showcasing incredible food and the the best locally sourced products. All this deliciousness is spread out over 4 floors hosting not only 19 eateries and a starred restaurant (Alice). You could do food workshops and there is even a conventions center.
Have you ever been to Eataly Milano? Are you going to Expo 2015?
Incredible gelato...hard to choose one!!
Address: Piazza XXV Aprile, 10, 20124 Milano, Italy
Phone:+39 02 4949 7301
Here's the part 1 post with more photos.
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Are you afraid to make your own pasta? Have you been dreaming of making your own pasta? If you want to start with your first pasta recipe, homemade pappardelle could be the recipe for you!
If you have never tried homemade pasta, you are in for a treat! There is no comparing your own homemade pasta to the dry pasta you buy at the market. I know, it's intimidating!! You may not have your own pasta machine. Or you have one, and aren't sure how to use it. And what about this weird name: PAPPARDELLE! What does it mean? The name comes from the verb "pappare", which literally means to gobble up. When you make your own pappardelle, trust me...you will be gobbling it up! Are you trying to cut out carbs? Treat yourself to just this one recipe if you get to indulge once a week!! You're welcome...I just gave you permission to enjoy life like Italians do...pasta is not a sin there! Actually, it is eaten sometimes twice a day (it is sometimes in my house). But back to the recipe...
Sorry for the not so fancy photos. This was a spontaneous event yesterday, as it is most times when we make pasta. And of course, my battery for the camera was dead and my IPhone was sitting right there. Make a post finally on pappardelle, or wait another 5 years? Make a post!! Hope you don't mind...but here it is!!
You could make the dough and roll it out on your own (like most good Italian mammas do!) with a rolling pin (what a great arm workout!)and cut it. Or you could use your stand mixer or a food processor.
This dough recipe is great to also make other pasta like fettucine, garganelli, maltagliati and tagliatelle. We Italians are very particular about our pastas and the sauces. There is a reason why certain pastas go with certain sauces. Traditional shapes compliment certain sauces and they are usually made with local ingredients. Pappardelle is a wide and flat pasta and it originates in Northern and central Italy. Because it is a thicker pasta (about 1 inch thick)it goes great with a rich ragu', which is the way we enjoyed it for lunch yesterday. The kids love making the pasta with us. They get to help nonna Teresa in Italy make her famous tagliatelle, it is a messy and delicious affair. The portion we make here is much smaller, we don't have 15 people at our Sunday lunch!
Ready to make it by hand? Here are the easy steps: It starts with the eggs and the flour (follow the ingredients below). You first start by incorporating the salt into the flour. Make a well in the middle of the flour, add the eggs and olive oil and start to mix it together. Continue to stir together until you can gather it into a ball. Cut the pasta ball into four pieces and cover with a tea towel (or plastic wrap)and let it rest for an hour. Start with the first piece, roll out on a clean and floured work surface as thin as possible. Add flour as needed so the dough doesn't stick. Cut the dough into the strips (1/4 inch strips if you are making fettuccine and 1/2 inch strips for pappardelle). Continue process with other portions of dough. Portion the strips out into nests and let them rest while you boil the water for the pasta. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water for about 3-4 minutes (until al dente). (Instructions on how to make with a machine are below in the recipe.)
Some notes on this recipe:
There are certain variables that can affect your homemade pasta dough such as temperature, humidity and the variations in flour, eggs and other ingredients. You may need to make slight adjustments to your ingredients every time you make pasta. And pasta dough is not like pastry dough, so this is ok. The first time you make the pasta, you may need more flour as you knead. It could be that the next time you make it the dough is too dry and you need to add a little more water. The end result should be a dough that is supple and smooth. The dough should feel silky to the touch and not sticky or wet.
Freezing the Pasta: You can freeze the noodles in an airtight container and be sure to use them in the next 3 months. Frozen noodles may take an extra couple of minutes to cook.
Need a great ragu' (Bolognese sauce ...AKA, meat sauce) to with it? Here is one to try, and you can also see my butternut squash gnocchi....so good!!
Are you craving pasta and are crunched for time? Here is an easy skillet lasagna recipe you will love!
by Savoring Italy
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: let dough rest in fridge for 3
Ingredients (20 ounches pasta)
- 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 2 Cups 00 Flour (or just use 4 cups All-Purpose Flour)
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 large Eggs
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, more as needed
In a food processor, pulse together flour and salt. Add eggs, oil and run the machine until the dough holds together. If dough looks dry, add a teaspoon of water. If the dough seems too wet, add a little bit of flour.
Turn out the dough onto a clean counter (or whatever work surface you are using, I use my big board).
Hold the dough with one hand and fold over the other portion of dough with your other hand.
Flatten the dough with he palm of your hand. Keep doing this movement pushing the dough away from you.
Continue kneading until the dough is very smooth and supple. Add a little bit of flour if it is too sticky.
Wrap in plastic and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes or even overnight.
Cut the dough into 4 pieces, keeping them covered with plastic wrap or a dish towel when not in use. (If you’re rolling the dough out by hand, rather than using a pasta machine, cut it into 2 pieces instead.) Set pasta machine to the widest setting, roll one piece of dough that is flattened into a 3-inch wide rectangle out into a sheet. Fold the sheet in thirds like a letter and pass it through the machine 4 more times on the same setting, making sure to dust lightly with flour if the dough is sticking.
Continue to run piece through machine, adjusting to next-narrower setting after every 5 passes, until dough is about 26 inches long. Cut crosswise into 3 equal pieces. Run each piece through machine, adjusting to next-narrower setting, until strip is scant 1/16 inch thick and 14 to 16 inches long. Continue same process with the next portions of the dough. Arrange strips in single layer on sheets of parchment.
Fold strips in half so short ends meet, then fold in half again. Cut strips into 2/3-inch-wide pappardelle. (If you are making fettuccine, run the rolled sheets through the fettuccine setting on your roller.)
Place cut pasta on a flour-dusted sheet tray and cover with a dish towel while rolling and cutting the remaining dough. It is best to separate the piles of pasta. If you layer them on top, they will stick to each other. Cover with a tea towel while you finish prepping the other strips.
Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil, add fresh pasta and boil for 3-4 minutes (depending on the thickness, it should be al dente), Drain well and serve with your sauce.
Summer can't be coming to a crashing end. It just can't be! So I need to catch up on some more recipes we enjoyed this summer, like this strawberry panna cotta.
Panna cotta is a traditional Piemontese recipe (from the Piedmont region of Italy). Panna cotta literally means cooked cream. I know, every thing sounds beautiful in Italiano! There are so many variations of the recipe. It is usually made simmering milk, cream and sugar that has gelatin added to it, that is then cooled to set and ENJOY!
This luscious cream can also be flavored up the way you like it, most of the times with vanilla (from a pod), espresso, cocoa powder, different spices. I've had it many times served with a berry sauce (or coulis) and that's truly the way I love it! The last time I shared one with you was 4 years ago (what, WHAT?!?)and it was nutella espresso...oh, yes!
I added these to short glasses, but I did have some leftover and added it to a small ramekin and it's so easy to flip out after it's chilled. My little critic approved of this panna cotta! We have strawberry panna cotta every summer in Italy made by the one and only zia Daniella. She is one of my husband's aunts, and like most of his aunts, she is quite amazing in the kitchen. She is pretty picky and she is pretty exact in all she does. This summer we asked her to make us her famous panna cotta. And she exclaimed, "Ma panna cotta e' un dolce invernale. Non si mangia panna cotta in estate." So, that means, "Panna cotta is a winter dessert. You don't eat it in the summer." And I respectfully reminded her that she makes it for us every time we visit her in the summer. She responded that the reason she started to do that was because my nephew only liked that dessert of hers and she made it to please him.
some notes on this recipe:
As I mentioned above, panna cotta is so simple to make! It's my go-to easy and elegant recipe. I know that it can be put together in minutes. As long as you set aside the time for it to chill, there is really nothing to stress you out about making this fabulous Italian dessert. I like to add different flavors to the cream. But my favorite fan at home loves it just like this, with the easy strawberry coulis.
Strawberry Panna Cotta
by Savoring Italy
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: chill for 4 hours or overnight
Ingredients (6 servings)
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon (.25 ounce packet) unflavored powdered gelatin
- 3 cups whipping cream
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- pinch of salt
- for the sauce
- 2 cups strawberries, hulled and cut into small pieces
- 1/2 cup sugar
- juice of one small lemon
Add the milk to a heavy sauce pan and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Let the gelatin soften for 5 minutes. Set the sauce pan over medium low heat. Warm the milk, stirring frequently. Make sure the milk never boils. If it starts to get too hot, remove the pan from the heat to cool.
Whisk in the cream, honey, sugar, pinch of salt. Whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes.
Divide the mixture evenly between cups or ramekins. Let cool slightly. Set in the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours (or overnight).
While the panna cotta is chilling, make the strawberry sauce.
In a small sauce pan, combine strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Mash the strawberries while they are simmering. Cook until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes.
Purée until smooth, strain, and keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve with the panna cotta.