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Mushroom soup – Vellutata di funghi

Mushroom soup – Vellutata di funghi

Mushroom soup – vellutata di funghi, in Italian – is another treat you can grant yourself in this challenging but charming season. So warm and comforting, I appreciate it a lot for its rustic taste and for the easiness in the preparation. The outcome of this simple recipe is in fact a creamy, delicious soup with a very fragrant flavor.

When I lived in Italy, in October I sometimes went with some friends in the woods looking for mushrooms! This is a very loved activity in the mountain and countryside areas, but watch out! It is important to always go with somebody expert so to avoid picking the dangerous ones 🙂 I personally don’t understand much so I trusted the people I went with, usually more used to recognize the good from the bad ones…the only thing I know is that I love mushrooms! Whether you give me finferli, porcini, cardoncelli, I like all of them and I know how to use them for a big variety of recipes. I love to mix them too, or use them for side dishes together with other vegetables, like carrots, potatoes, peas and so on. I can surely say it is not just me, as this ingredients is very often used in Italian cooking in general, for soups, pasta and many side dishes. (more…)

Pumpkin Risotto with Gorgonzola

Pumpkin Risotto with Gorgonzola

Pumpkin risotto with gorgonzola is one of the few reasons why I don’t dislike autumn too much 🙂

Yes, I am indeed  more of a summer child, and sometimes I find very hard to enjoy the cold weather, the rain and so on! Nevertheless, there are so many charming and comforting dishes that come along with this season that I have to admit…autumn is not that bad in the end! Above all if you like staying warm at home, and eat good food that makes  your body and soul feel good, then in this season the possibilities are endless.

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Potato and Broccoli Gratin with Besciamella and Mozzarella

Potato and Broccoli Gratin with Besciamella and Mozzarella

Broccoli and potato gratin is a rich and nutrient second course, also perfect for people following a vegetarian diet.
To be precise, what’s a gratin? Well, I would say, gratin is an art…a cheesy crust, an incredibly creamy interior and a very peculiar taste. Here we go! With the many variants and different versions you can have – you can use mostly any available vegetable – there’s still something mandatory for a good gratin success. The crust that covers it after baking the veggies. It should be crunchy and delicious of course!

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Pasta with Chickpeas –  Pasta e ceci, an Italian Classic

Pasta with Chickpeas – Pasta e ceci, an Italian Classic

Whether you come from Lazio, Abruzzo, Campania or other regions, pasta with chickpeas is certainly part of your repertory. I can’t think of anything more widespread and common than this comfort food, a faithful companion of many households above all during autumn. There is something so charming in the simple yet powerful flavor of this dish, that reminds me moments of joy both with my family and my friends. At the same time, at the exact moment of starting writing this recipe, I realized there’s not one recipe and one fixed procedure. I can’t say that there is one way to make pasta e ceci, it all depends on your region, on your habits, on your preferences.  One thing only is certain : this recipe is a good source of energy and rich in proteins and fibers. Tasty and good for your health, will you be able to resist?

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Authentic Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Authentic Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Don’t take this wrong, but for an Italian like me it’s really a pain to see how mistreated is the spaghetti Carbonara recipe all around the web.

I mean, spaghetti carbonara is a luscious, four ingredients recipe which is almost pornographic in its goodness.

 

Nevertheless, even some international superstar chefs everybody follows get it wrong! Yes, I know, I might be slightly melodramatic, but let me ask you a question. What if somebody took your grandma’s best recipe and started giving it all around, completely messed up, passing it off for her best recipe? I bet you won’t be happy. (more…)


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Mushroom soup – Vellutata di funghi

Mushroom soup – Vellutata di funghi

Mushroom soup – vellutata di funghi, in Italian – is another treat you can grant yourself in this challenging but charming season. So warm and comforting, I appreciate it a lot for its rustic taste and for the easiness in the preparation. The outcome of […]

Pumpkin Risotto with Gorgonzola

Pumpkin Risotto with Gorgonzola

Pumpkin risotto with gorgonzola is one of the few reasons why I don’t dislike autumn too much 🙂 Yes, I am indeed  more of a summer child, and sometimes I find very hard to enjoy the cold weather, the rain and so on! Nevertheless, there […]

Pasta with Chickpeas –  Pasta e ceci, an Italian Classic

Pasta with Chickpeas – Pasta e ceci, an Italian Classic

Whether you come from Lazio, Abruzzo, Campania or other regions, pasta with chickpeas is certainly part of your repertory. I can’t think of anything more widespread and common than this comfort food, a faithful companion of many households above all during autumn. There is something […]

Moist and tender Chocolate Cake – Torta Tenerina

Moist and tender Chocolate Cake – Torta Tenerina

Torta tenerina is a delicious, soft and moist cake…every bite is a melting moment of pleasure. This chocolate cake is characterized by a thin and crunchy crust that hides a moist, and intensely chocolate-y heart. Sounds already good, eh? The torta tenerina – meaning soft, […]

Bread Rolls with Ham, Cheese and Arugula – Time for Finger Food

Bread Rolls with Ham, Cheese and Arugula – Time for Finger Food

Bread rolls with ham and cheese are an excellent appetizer, perfect for an aperitivo, but also suitable for buffets. Do you have last-minute guests or you need to improvise something after a long day at work? Or maybe you simply want a tasty and easy […]