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Crostata di Marmellata

Crostata di Marmellata

March 11, 2020

A timeless classic, Crostata di Marmellata is not only a delicious dessert, but simple to make.  This beautiful Italian dessert evokes memories of childhood and a beautiful culture that celebrates genuine food.  Made with Pasta Frolla this very popular tart is passionately and proudly prepared in most kitchens across every region of the breathtaking land of Italy.  So simple to make and perfect to serve on just about any occasion.  Let's get started!
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Saltimbocca alla Romana - Veal Saltimbocca

Saltimbocca alla Romana - Veal Saltimbocca

March 04, 2020

Saltimbocca alla Romana is an exquisite and mouthwatering entrée - a "secondo" typical Roman cuisine, but also a dish loved throughout Italy.  Thin slices of veal dusted lightly in flour just on one side, topped with Prosciutto Crudo and a fresh sage leaf, are finally secured with a toothpick and quickly prepared in a frying pan.  In no time at all a flavorful dish is served drizzled with a delicious wine reduction. The secret to great success is a very brief cooking time.  Easy to prepare, but incredibly flavorful when accompanied by a fresh salad and a side-dish of your choosing.  No wonder they are called saltimbocca, because they will just jump into your mouth as their literal name states. Let's get started!
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Pasta Frolla - Tart Pastry Dough

Pasta Frolla - Tart Pastry Dough

March 04, 2020

Pasta Frolla is one of the most basic Italian pastry doughs used for a variety of delicious desserts. A perfect base for a fresh fruit tarts, in which a variety of colorful fruits are elegantly laid over a mouthwatering custard pastry cream (Crema Pasticcera), as well as the crisscrossed lattice of a Crostata di Marmellata filled with berry or apricot preserves, and even for a delicious and iconic Torta della Nonna. These are just a few examples of how to make good use of Pasta Frolla. 
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Cenci di Carnevale

Cenci di Carnevale

February 26, 2020

Tuscan CENCI are very delicious fried strips of sweet dough, making them into a delectable, traditional treat.  Cenci are made throughout Italy for the festivity of Carnevale. Although every region in Italy has a specific name for them, in Florence they are called CENCI, which literally translates to RAGS.  Deep fried and dusted with powdered sugar they become a finger licking good must have.  

Forty days before the celebration of Easter, Carnevale marks the last day of festivity before the restrictions of Lent begin.  Children and even adults dress up in costumes and masquerades as confetti fly in the air and cover the ground.  Mischief is common during this day as the saying clearly declares: "A carnevale ogni scherzo vale" - Anything goes at Carnevale.  What a fun and delicious treat to have on such a day as this!  Lets get started.    

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Arista di Maiale al Latte - Milk Braised Pork

Arista di Maiale al Latte - Milk Braised Pork

February 21, 2020

Milk braised pork is a very simple, inexpensive classic Italian entrée.  Accompanied by roasted potatoes this tender, flavorful roast is perfect and delicious to serve to family and friends. With the help of an immersion blender the reduction of the milk is quickly transformed into a silky gravy poured over the thin slices of meat.  Let's get started!  
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Fritto Misto - Fried Veggies

Fritto Misto - Fried Veggies

February 19, 2020

Mixed, Fried Vegetables - Fritto Misto di Verdure is a delicious Italian, vegetarian appetizer perfect to serve at any occasion.  These crispy, fried vegetables are sure to be an instant hit. In this recipe you will learn how to make this traditional batter for dipping and frying reminiscent of street food found in any Italian outdoor market. 
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Swedish Cardamom Buns

Swedish Cardamom Buns

February 18, 2020

We found this recipe via Daniel Larson’s Instagram. Daniel graciously allowed us to repost his recipe. If you’d like to see how a true Swedish baker makes Cardamom Buns, give his recipe a shot; we did! The Gusto helped make it a total success, and they were delicious!

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Runeberg Cake - Runebergintorttu

Runeberg Cake - Runebergintorttu

February 14, 2020

Runebergintorttu is a Finnish - Swedish dessert named after the famous poet Johan Ludwig Runeberg (February 5, 1804 - May 6, 1877).  His wife Fredrika in order to satisfy her husband's sweet tooth used what she had on hand in her kitchen to create what has now become a national dessert to celebrate the poet's birth. There are two things that we have in common with the Runeberg family; a large family of six kids and a husband who has a very sweet tooth!  Let's get started!
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Black Truffle Pizza - Pizza al Tartufo Nero

Black Truffle Pizza - Pizza al Tartufo Nero

February 12, 2020

Pizza is such a classic, versatile and loved food all around the globe.  This classic Italian dish can be prepared in so many ways with delicious possibilities when it comes to toppings.  Black truffle shavings placed all across the top of a Pizza Bianca, white pizza, is definitely a delicious and exquisite treat. 
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Linzer Shortbread Cookies - Spitzbuebe

Linzer Shortbread Cookies - Spitzbuebe

February 03, 2020

Spitzbuebe, or Linzer Shortbread cookies are a most delicious treat perfect for any special and festive occasion.  Usually prepared for Christmas in Switzerland with the name of Spitzbuebe, these cookies are a perfect sweet treat for Valentine's Day as an expression of love and affection.  Known for its flaky, buttery crumb and finally lightly dusted with powdered sugar, they definitely become a symphony of flavors.  This mouthwatering cookie is simply made by stacking one layer over the other, and a thin spread of jam sandwiched in between.  
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Pesto with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Almonds

Pesto with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Almonds

January 29, 2020

Sun-dried tomatoes and almond pesto is such a simple, yet mouthwatering condiment, perfect to create a pasta dish filled with rich and intense flavors.  By simply rehydrating the sun-dried tomatoes and creating a pesto with almonds, capers, garlic, basil, parsley and good olive oil, one has a delicious spread that can not only be used for pasta, but also for sandwiches and crostini.  
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Tagliatelle with Truffles - Tagliatelle al Tartufo

Tagliatelle with Truffles - Tagliatelle al Tartufo

January 28, 2020

Black Truffle Tagliatelle are a delicious and refined primo filled with the unmistakable but delectable fragrance of the Tartufo Nero.  The aroma of these very thin shavings will permeate each morsel, and make it an unforgettable experience.  Tagliatelle al Tartufo are a very simple dish to prepare. Let's get started!
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