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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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.
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.
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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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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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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.
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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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!
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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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.
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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).
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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!
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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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.