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authentic italian recipes

These are my authentic Italian recipes, old-world recipes inherited, learned by traveling and eating around Italy, or simply researched through books, magazines, and the web. 

They are a good starting point for you to learn the secrets of traditional Italian food and the cooking methods and style only a local can teach you.

The main principles of authentic Italian recipes are: 

  • the seasonality of the ingredients – when they are at their peak in flavor and full of nutrients and cheap, as a bonus!
  • the slow cooking – which doesn’t always mean long cooking hours, but the appropriate time, the peaceful attitude, and taking time to grocery shop, handle the ingredients with love, and set the table; 
  • and sharing by gathering the ones you love around a table – a time to enjoy food, chat, sometimes fight, and smile!

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Italian spinach with cheese recipe

Italian spinach with cheese recipe

Italian spinach with cheese recipe: a cheesy melted side dish with mozzarella and cacioricotta - an aged ricotta cheese from Southern Italy.How many times have I seen my mom open a plastic bag and toss cubes of frozen spinaches with white dots into a skillet! It was a...

how to make caffe leccese

how to make caffe leccese

Caffe Leccese is a coffee drink from Salento made with espresso and almond syrup. Here’s the recipe!

Italian-style sautéed broccoli recipe

Italian-style sautéed broccoli recipe

In this post, I'm sharing the recipe to cook Italian-style sautéed broccoli. Basically, this means overcooking the broccoli until mushy and stir-frying it in a pan with garlic and chili flavored olive oil.Italian-style broccoli is a creamy and aromatic side dish or a...

Italian pizza dough recipe and cast-iron skillet baking

Italian pizza dough recipe and cast-iron skillet baking

In this post, I'm sharing a proper Italian pizza dough recipe with fresh baker's yeast. And how to cook pizza in the home oven - there's a short stovetop step - with a cast-iron skillet.ITALIAN PIZZA AND PIZZA DOUGH In Italy, there's a main, fundamental distinction...

what to eat in Siena

what to eat in Siena

In this post, I’ll share with you what to eat in Siena: local foods, typical ingredients, and the traditional dishes you can’t miss!

Italian smoked salmon pasta recipe

Italian smoked salmon pasta recipe

Italian smoked salmon pasta recipe (penne al salmone) made with penne pasta, smoked salmon, heavy cream, white wine, a hint of brandy, and fresh parsley. A delicious, festive, and traditional Italian pasta dish for Christmas Eve! 

Italian eggplant pasta sauce recipe

Italian eggplant pasta sauce recipe

In this post, you’ll find an easy but delightful Italian eggplant pasta sauce recipe. Make it if you want a dish packed with Italian flavors.

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