Christmas tree tart

This Christmas tree tart is not only delicious, but it makes a great presentation! The tart is filled with raspberry and apricot jam but you can also substitute your favorite jams. Ingredients for a 30×40 cm baking pan Shortcrust pastry: 270 g of flour 00 150 g of butter at room temperature 85 g of […]

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Crespelle alla Fiorentina

Crespelle alla Fiorentina is a typical Florentine dish. Béchamel sauce is topped to these crepes stuffed with spinach and ricotta and then folded like a handkerchief. A definite crowd pleaser! Recipe Courtesy of Juls’ Kitchen Ingredients Ingredients for the crespelle 3 eggs 3 heaping tablespoons of plain flour 1 pinch of salt 300 ml of whole milk Ingredients for the filling 400 […]

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Cassatelle di Agira

Cassatelle di Agira is a typical Sicilian cookie. It has a rich filling of almonds, cocoa powder and citrus zest. Here’s a recipe courtesy of La Villa Giardini Naxos Pastry dough 600g of plain flour- 200g of sugar – 250g of suet, or butter – 1 egg – 2 tbsp of water filling 300g of almonds- […]

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Scacce Ragusane

Scacce Ragusane also known as Sicilian Stuffed Flatbread is a scrumptious recipe courtesy of Chef John from Food Wishes. To skip directly to a rolled out dough, go to 4:11 in the video. Ingredients For the Dough: ⅓ cup warm water, or more as needed  1 teaspoon active dry yeast  1 ½ tablespoons olive oil  1 ¾ cups […]

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Christmas time in Florence

Christmas time in Florence is always a magical time of year.  By mid-November, stunning Christmas lights are up throughout the city and trees are put up in the major piazzas. Christmas markets are held throughout Italy with lots of mulled wine and sweet treats to enjoy. The famous German market in Piazza Santa Croce is a […]

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Espresso Cream Pancakes

These espresso cream pancakes created by Fabio Vivani are easy to make and will surely satisfy any sweet tooth. A great pick me up with added espresso which is perfect for the holidays or any weekend to enjoy. You won’t find a pancake batter recipe included because that’s easy. This recipe calls for your own […]

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English words that have different meanings in Italian

Some English words that have different meanings in Italian can be quite confusing to many, especially if you are a non native Italian speaker. It is easy to think you are following a conversation only to realize that these words have different meanings in Italian. Once again, Manu from Learn Italian Made Easy created this […]

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Italians Like Cash

Italians like cash is a really funny bit by comedian Sebastian Manicalco. Sebastian Maniscalco is an Italian/ American stand-up comedian who regularly performs stand up comedy which include funny acts about his Italian. upbringing. He was born to Italian immigrants in 1973 and began his career in standup acts in 1998 at open mics. Described […]

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Roasted Tomato Soup

This Roasted Tomato Soup is the perfect finish to a cold day. Think creamy, cartelized roasted cherry tomatoes that will make your mouth hum. Recipe courtesy of Fontana Forni USA Ingredients:  1 kilo cherry tomatoes  5 Roma tomatoes  1 medium sweet onion 6-7 garlic cloves 1 bay leaf 10 basil leaves 900 grams chicken or vegetable […]

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Lockdown Round 2 Tuscany

Tuscany Lockdown Round 2 Tuscany, including Florence, where I’ve lived for the past 5 years, is about to start a second lockdown.  The world watched as we first endured a prior lockdown in March knowing it was coming their way with increasing infections of Covid-19 spreading throughout our world. In Italy, we had a very strict […]

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