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Travel to Italy

Italian Recipes

Italian Recipes
Italian Recipes

Dessert Recipes

Dessert Recipes
Dessert Recipes

Gluten-Free Cinnamon-Raisin Quick Bread-Plumcake all'Uva Passa

Gluten-Free Cinnamon-Raisin Quick Bread-Plumcake all'Uva Passa
It may be safe to say that you will encounter a fruit cake at some point during the holiday season. This holiday fruit bread is going to make you forget about all the past and present fruit cakes and breads you have been gifted. You may be wondering why anyone would want to buy one of the boxed versions after you see how easy it is to make one yourself.
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Gluten-Free Pizzelle

Glute-Free Pizzelle
It seems that Christmas is almost here and you can tell by how many more cookies we are baking! I couldn't wait to make these gluten-free pizzelle!! Pizzelle are cookies that remind me of so many Christmas celebrations growing up.
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Fig and Walnut Biscotti | #einkornexperiment

Fig and Walnut Biscotti
The holidays always seem to sneak up and can be a little stressful. Baking cookies is one way we relax and enjoy baking traditions in our family. These fig and walnut biscotti are part of our Christmas cookie baking almost every year.

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Lemon Cornmeal Cookies-Biscotti di Meliga

Lemon Cornmeal Cookies-Biscotti di Meliga
This is the time of year where every cookie recipe I have baked or dreamed of baking gets created in my kitchen. These lemon polenta cookies (biscotti di meliga) are a cookie favorite any time of the year, but are especially lovely to add to your holiday cookie baking list.
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Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie

Are any of you still eating leftover turkey? Pumpkin Pie is one of my top five favorite pies and this gluten free pumpkin pie is one that you should make even for Christmas. 
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Negroni Cranberry Sauce

Negroni Cranberry Sauce
When the holidays are approaching, I love to try out new recipes. There are so many different ways to make cranberry sauce, but this Negroni Cranberry Sauce is a new favorite!

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Provolone Pull-Apart Bread

What are you making for Thanksgiving next week? I'm going to be making a Provolone Pull-Apart Bread! I wanted to give you guys a different homemade bread idea for your Thanksgiving feast. This bread is AMAZING! It doesn't just have two different provolone cheeses in it; it also has mortadella!

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Eggs in Purgatory-Uova in Purgatorio

 
Eggs in Purgatory-Uova in Purgatorio

With every thing going on in the country these recent days, we have been seeking easy and delicious comfort food. Eggs in Purgatory (Uova in Purgatoria) is something I remember my dad making when I was a young girl.

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Bones of the Dead Cookies-Ossa di Morto

Bones of the Dead Cookies-Ossa di Morto

The bones of the dead cookies (ossa di morto) are almond cookies that are traditionally eaten on November 2nd (All Soul's Day, or Day of the Dead) which falls right after All Saint's Day. In Italy it is called ponte 1-2 Novembre (the bridge of the 1st and 2nd of November) and schools are closed and depending where you are in Italy, probably many businesses.

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Italian Apple Crumble Cake-Torta Sbriciolata alle Mele


Italian Apple Crumble Cake-Torta Sbriciolata alle Mele

Fall has officially arrived and we are finally making delicious desserts with apples. I couldn't wait to make this Italian Apple Crumble Cake (Torta Sbriciolata alle Mele). If you have been following my blog for a while, you know I just love baking with apples!

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Plum Gnocchi-Gnocchi di Susine

Plum Gnocchi-Gnocchi di Susine


This dish may seem totally strange to some of you. So many of you have probably had gnocchi and even made your own, but plum gnocchi (gnocchi di susine) may be a completely new surprise. It wasn't a surprise to me the first time I had it in Italy.

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Polpettone-Italian Meatloaf


There has been so much going on these days, and all I've been craving is comfort food, like this delicious polpettone (Italian meatloaf). Polpettone, known as meatloaf in America, is made regions in Italy and in so many different ways. 

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Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Apples


Everyone should be totally adjusted to back-to-school days and it's totally time for a slice of sour cream coffee cake with apples. Yes! You all deserve a coffee break and a generous slice of this delightful cake!
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Israeli Couscous with Roasted Butternut Squash and Chickpeas

Israeli Couscous with Roasted Butternut Squash and Chickpeas

I'm not sure if there are any bigger couscous fans than my family! They seriously could eat it every day if I would make it!! Our new favorite fall dish is this Israeli Couscous with Roasted Butternut Squash and Chickpeas!


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Strawberry Crostata


Strawberry Crostata
Fall is finally approaching most of us...but, wait! You have to make this Strawberry Crostata before diving into all the pumpkin recipes. It has an easy to make buttery homemade crust and it is packed with sweet strawberries!

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Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Summer has gone by in a flash and I have been meaning to share this delightful Spaghetti and Fresh Tomato Sauce! I'm not sure about you, but I have been enjoying tomatoes for weeks in so many different recipes!!

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Mango-Ripple Meringue

Mango-Ripple Meringue

It's been so nice to follow along different friends' vegetable gardens on Facebook. I have my gorgeous mango tree and recently made this Mango-Ripple Meringue. That is not the only thing we have been making with our mangoes.

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What to Eat in Sicily


What to Eat in Sicily


I am completely and utterly in love with Sicily! When I think of what to eat in Sicily, the list could get very long. The history of Sicily is complicated and totally unique. Sicily is Mediterranean through and through. This beautiful island was invaded for 25 centuries by the Greeks, Romans, Phoenicians, Arabs, North Africans, Byzantines, Goths, Spaniards, Persians, Bourbons. All of these different people left their mark on Sicily's archeology and most notably, in its cuisine.

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Easy Pickled Cucumbers

Easy Pickled Cucumbers

Do you ever make something that is so simple and so flavorful and you become obsessed with it? That's what happened with these easy pickled cucumbers! They're so easy to make and you will be craving them as much as we do!

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Strawberry and Amaretti Cookie Trifle

Strawberry and Amaretti Cookie trfile

Summer is halfway over. Seriously, how did this happen so quickly?!? But before it ends, you must make this strawberry and amaretti cookie trifle. It is the dessert to take your mind off the heat and the one to make to impress a crowd of family or friends (or both)that are visiting for an impromptu dinner or lunch!

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Strawberry and Ricotta Tarts-Crostate di Ricotta e Fragole


Strawberry and Ricotta Tarts-Crostate di Ricotta e Fragole

We have been enjoying strawberry season here for weeks!I had to bake these Strawberry and Ricotta Tarts-crostate di ricotta e fragole a couple of times as soon as I was baking with ripe spring berries!!

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Spring Minestrone



Could it possibly be summer here and all we want is soup these days? Specifically, we want this spring minestrone for lunch and dinner! Well, maybe not everyone in the Savoring Italy kitchen wants it all the time, but I sure do!! And it's not really summer here, but the cooler spring days have now turned into rainy and steamy summer-like days.

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Beet and Potato Gnocchi-Gnocchi di Barbabietola


Beet and Potato Gnocchi-Gnocchi di Barbabietola

There may be only a handful of my friends that would rush over to eat beet and potato gnocchi -gnocchi di barbabietola, and they are really smart friends! Seriously, I haven't met anyone yet that hasn't been a fan of potato gnocchi, but throw in beets and they may wonder what in the world is going on in our kitchen.

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Pancetta Cornbread-Pane di Mais con Pancetta


Pancetta Cornbread-Pane di Mais con Pancetta

Do you ever just crave cornbread? When you try this pancetta cornbread (pane di mais con pancetta), you will soon start to crave it. I wish I could say it was something you try once and you could live without for a while because it was too rich or too spicy or too something. This is one of those breads that you will want to make not just for a holiday.

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No-Bake Strawberry and Mascarpone Cheesecake-Sbriciolata con Fragole e Mascarpone


No-Bake Strawberry and Mascarpone Cheesecake-Sbriciolata con Fragole e Mascarpone

Strawberries are everywhere I go, and it was time to make this. If it's the middle of berry season, it has to be spring, right? And spring means lighter recipes and taking out your flip-flops.

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Salmon and Spinach Tart-Torta Salata con Salmone e Spinaci


Salmon and Spinach Tart-Torta Salata con Salmone e Spinaci

Sometimes you have to make something easy, like a salmon and spinach tart (torta salata con salmone e spinaci). Believe me when I will tell you, this has to become a part of your life today!

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Risi e Bisi-Rice and Peas



Risi e Bisi-Rice and Peas

Spring has officially arrived and it is time for an Italian spring dish: Risi e Bisi (rice and peas). If you never heard of it and wonder which part of Italy it's from, I will tell you! It's a dish from the Veneto region of Italy and typical from Venice, Vicenza and Verona.

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Ammoglio Sauce

Grilled Lamb Chops with Ammoglio Sauce

I can't believe how fast Easter came and went. Grilled Lamb Chops with Ammoglio Sauce is something you will find here most Easters. I couldn't believe that the weekend was approaching fast and I hadn't even bought any thing to make yet for the holiday.

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Crescia al Formaggio-Italian Easter Cheese Bread


Crescia al Formaggio-Italian Easter Cheese Bread

I'm dreaming of enjoying Pasquetta in Italy and having a slice of this crescia al formaggio (Italian Easter cheese bread). There is nothing better than the scent of a homebred bread coming out of the oven, especially one that is filled with cheese! Crescia is a typical bread you will find in Le Marche and also in Umbria (it is also called Pizza di Pasqua or even Crescia Brusca). You will find it either baked as thin as a focaccia or really tall (made in a panettone pan).

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Filone


Filone

What would a meal be without a great loaf of bread. A simple loaf like a filone is usually what you will find at my family's house. A filone is a typical yeast bread that originated in Calabria and Tuscany and you will encounter mostly anywhere in Italy.

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Sausage Making-A Day with a Calabrian Butcher

Calabrian Sausage MakingI couldn't wait to share this post on Calabrian Sausage Making. It's not often that I hear my husband talk about somebody from Calabria that makes his own sausages here in south Florida. It's a rare occasion to hear of a sausage maker from anywhere around here, really.

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Pane di Pasqua - Italian Easter Bread

Pane di Pasqua - Italian Easter Bread
Italian Easter Bread (Pane di Pasqua)is one of our all-time favorite breads! It seems to never fail that when I’m finally over the shock of a new year beginning, it is already time to plan for Easter and to bake some Italian Easter Bread (pane di pasqua). And when I say plan, it’s usually all about our baking production!! I couldn’t wait to tackle this lovely Italian Easter Bread (pane di Pasqua) another time. It’s a recipe I’ve been making for years.

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Charming Bardolino on Lake Garda

Charming Bardolino on Lake Garda

I just love the charming town of Bardolino on Lake Garda. You may not have heard of this town and it is absolutely enchanting.  that you may not have heard of Like many places in Italy, there are traces of ancient Roman architecture and settlement. There is the lovely Romanesque church of San Severo that dates from the 11th century.

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Italian Vegan Apple Cake


Italian Vegan Apple Cake

It can’t be already the beginning of March and I find myself still catching up with things like this Italian Vegan Apple Cake. This is a cake that I have had on my mind to share here since the beginning of winter. It is a cake that is baked very often.

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Venice, Italy Travel Tips


Venice, Italy Travel Tips

If you are lucky enough to be flying into Venice, you will get an aerial view and see that this splendid city looks like a fish placed on a blue platter.If you are planning your first or your fifth trip to Venice, some Venice (Italy) travel tips may come in handy!! You can even see this shape on any street map you look at.  I wanted to put together some quick tips for you to consider for a first trip to Venice. The more I was putting the information together, the more I realized, there could be volumes written on how to really experience Venice.

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Aperitivo in Italy!


Aperitivo in Italy!

You may be walking around for hours in Italy and be lucky enough to stumble into a bar during the magical aperitivo time of the early evening. Aperitivo in Italy is a must-do event! Going to an aperitivo is one of our favorite things to do while we are visiting any city. Sure, you may encounter places that offer you chips and peanuts (gasp! it does exist!), but for the most part, you will be served a variety of finger foods. Some places even have a buffet of lovely snacks to nibble on with your appetite opening drinks.

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Eating in Venice: Trattoria Ca D'Oro (Alla Vedova)

Eating in Venice: Trattoria Ca D'Oro (Alla Vedova)

The last time we visited Venice, I had every intention of dining at Ca D'Oro.  Eating in Venice can be a little tricky and I had Trattoria Ca D'Oro (Alla Vedova) on my mind.  This past June, my family and I were on a quick visit to Venice with our uncle, and this was a restaurant that was brought into discussion once again. We had an idea of where it was located, but it was a serendipitous encounter with a local Venetian that finalized our decision on where to eat that hot summer day walking around La Serenissima.

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Chocolate-Rye Crumb Cake


Chocolate-Rye Crumb Cake

What do you do when you friend gives you a bag of cacao nibs? You rack your brain trying to remember a a chocolate-rye crumb cake that incorporated them? Well, that's what I do! I knew I came across this chocolate-rye crumb cake. The problem was trying to remember in which of dozens of magazines it was in?

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Mini Nutella Crostata



There are the lovers and there are the haters of Nutella. When it is spread in all its lusciousness into the base of a buttery pastry crust, it's not that easy to say no to just a slice! You could make mini nutella crostata for your sweethearts this week and really surprise them!

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Colpo di Fulmine-A Quick Italian Lesson


Colpo di Fulmine-A Quick Italian Lesson

Since Valentine's Day is around the corner, and every thing about the Italian language screams romance and beauty, we wanted to share a phrase we adore! That phrase is: Colpo di Fulmine and this is a super quick Italian lesson.

Colpo di fulmine means love at first sight! But it literally means a lightning strike. So it’s like you were struck by love! It’s as if love struck you unexpectedly and even as powerfully as a lightning bolt would.

I think this quote explains it perfectly:

“Colpo di fulmine. The thunderbolt, as Italians call it. When love strikes someone like lightning, so powerful and intense it can’t be denied. It’s beautiful and messy, cracking a chest open and spilling their soul out for the world to see. It turns a person inside out, and there’s no going back from it. Once the thunderbolt hits, your life is irrevocably changed.”

― J.M. Darhower, Sempre


So what about you, our dear readers! Have you ever been struck by that infamous lightning bolt of love? Tell us about it in a comment!

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Red Beet Challah-#TwelveLoaves


Red Beet Challah

Is there a vegetable that you are secretly obsessed with? There is one that is always on my mind. Can you guess by seeing this stunning red beet challah. Maybe I'm exaggerating by saying always, but if you're here today to see this red beet challah up close, then you maybe will guess it's beets!

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Espresso Shortbreads


Espresso Shortbreads

You know that February is the month that I want to make every thing I cook and bake heart shaped! It was the perfect moment to make the espresso shortbreads I've been craving since Christmas time. It really wasn't that long ago since I enjoyed these delights, but it was time to get them made in cute heart shapes for all my sweet hearts!

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Chiacchere


Chiacchere
It is Carnevale time in Italy! Carnevale in Italy is what is most commonly known in America as mardi gras. Carnevale is celebrated in Italy and in many countries all over the world the 40 days before Easter. Carnevale is the the big party before Ash Wednesday and Lent. It happens to be Italy's biggest festival and lasts for weeks!

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Olive Oil Cake


Olive Oil Cake

How has your new year been going so far? Mine has been hectic and filled with some days that just seem to be the same and sort of pass in a blur. I know that may sound vague and you may wonder what exactly I have been up to here in the baking and cooking HQ's. There has been some experimenting with new recipes and there has been some not so new, like baking a reliable and delectable olive oil cake (or as they say in Italian: Ciambella all'Olio d'Oliva) such as this one.

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Rye Soda Bread

Rye Soda Bread
If you could name a favorite type of bread, what would yours be? I’m not sure if it’s because my taste buds have changed since I’ve had my kids, but I am slightly addicted now to the taste of rye flour. It could seem a little odd, but I just can’t explain it. That is why I have been itching to share this super simple rye soda bread for ages here. What took me so long to dive into sharing something with rye flour, who really knows.

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Taralli al Limone-Italian Lemon Knot Cookies


Taralli al Limone-Italian Lemon Knot Cookies

Did you think I would let the year pass and not share at least one cookie we made during the holidays? We are baking fiends after Halloween leading all the way up to the week of Christmas. One cookie that is a staple in our home is taralli al limone, or Italian lemon knot cookies.

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