Italian food recipes for busy families based on the authentic cooking traditions of the Bonelli and Passarelli families originating from the region of Abruzzo.
Try this easy alfredo sauce the next time you have pasta. It's simple and delicious.
Facts about Olive Oil. There are many uses for Olive Oil outside of cooking. Get some ideas of how else to use these natural product.
Chicken Dumpling soup is a great comfort food and perfect on a cold, Fall day. Get the recipe!
This chocolate cheesecake is rich and decadent. It is sure to satisfy even the most intense chocolate craving.
This basic recipe for Italian bread dipping oil is perfect for a crusty loaf of bread.
Limoncello is traditionally served as a digestivo after dinner. Try making this recipe at home.
These no bake granola bars are delicious and simple to make. Good healthy summer snack for kids!
Italian Bread (pane) Recipes for your modern kitchen including recipes for bread machines.
Italian Beverages (bevande) for all occasions.
Traditional Sicilian Cannoli filling is easy to make. It's a nice light dessert for any meal. Get the recipe now!
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Tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert commonly found in the U.S. You'll find it on most Italian restaurant menus. As with many Italian desserts, it's a combination of cream, eggs and not too much suga
Make homemade pavesini or savoiardi (ladyfingers) the next time you make Tiramisu. No need to hunt for them in a specialty store. They're easy to make!
Focaccia bread is a basic bread that goes with anything. You can add anything you want to it to make it more special. Easy bread machine recipe.
No-fail, easy recipe for Pecan Bark. Like toffee only easier! Get the recipe.
This delicious stuffed chicken breast recipe is from the Tuscan cooking school I attended in 2010. It's moist and full of flavor. Try it!
Butter Rum Cake (from Scialo Bakery in Providence, Rhode Island via Lidia's Italy in America cookbook). As with most Italian desserts, it's rich, but not too sweet. Get this moist butter cake recipe n
Buy organic products for your Italian kitchen. Purest ingredients for your pantry or to give as gifts.
Traditional anise cookies (anice biscotti). Get this delicious refrigerator cookie recipe now!
A never-fail fudge recipe with oatmeal, peanuts and peanut butter. 10 minute prep!
Toscana Saporita Cooking School: An amazing hands-on cooking experience in the heart of Tuscany.
Olive oil has long been touted for it's health benefits and is a staple in the Italian/Mediterranean diets, but not all olive oils are alike. Be sure to read your labels!
The U.S. doesn't have strict rules for the labeling of olive oil (no surprise!). Look for labels that say 'cold pressed' AND also list the origin of the oil--a family company or farm.
Olive oils are graded based on the extraction process and the acidity of the pressed oil. Extra virgin olive oil is cold-pressed, meaning it comes from the first press of the olives, and has an acid level of 1%.
Click the link below to read the full article on WebMD. See if you have the knowledge it takes to choose the purest olive oil for your kitchen pantry.
This recipe for pumpkin bars is really moist and flavorful. Try the recipe today!
How would you like to spend a week at a Tuscan cooking school? Enter La Cucina Italiana's contest! You could win an all expenses paid trip for two to Toscana Saporita Cooking School in Tuscany.
Prosecco party punch is perfect for any gathering. With a few simple ingredients, you have a refreshing pre-dinner beverage or a delicious drink to pair with munchies for a wedding shower, birthday pa
Olive and artichoke focaccia bread is an easy fix using the 5-minute bread method. A perfect dinner accompaniment. Get the recipe now.
Ziti with Tomatoes Olives Capers is a marvelous summer dish. Kick up the flavor by using garden-fresh tomatoes and herbs.
Did you know that zucchini blossoms are edible? Get my Italian Grandmother's recipe!
My hubby and I stopped at this winery and enjoyed wine sampling and took home a bottle of Neuhaus. Neuhaus is the name of the town that the Millner's ancestors, Franz and Ana, came from in Austria. Made primarily with Marechal Foch and a little Frontenac, this is a light bodied dry red, matured in American oak.
It is a decent wine to have with beef, but shines even better with smoked meats or a good Austrian Schnitzel! It won a Bronze medal at the 2009 International Cold Climate wine competition.
We also helped them celebrate their 2nd anniversary. It was so fun; discounted wines, a winery tour, a vineyard tour, music, dancing, great hospitality and so much more.
If you're in the Kimball, Minnesota area, stop in and see them. The owners are gracious and knowledgeable!
Here's their Event Schedule (PDF doc): http://millnerheritage.com/Entertainment/images/2011Events.pdf
Kale chips made from farm market kale. A healthy alternative to regular chips. Get the recipe now!
Rhubarb Cake - a perfect dessert for this time of year.
Italian Sangria - my version of this great summer drink.
Anyone can make 5 minute artisan bread. This easy dough recipe will have you baking a fresh loaf for any meal!
Scones - get this basic dough recipe and add savory or sweet to accompany any meal.
Cook in Venice! Do you want to learn to cook like an Italian Mama? Arianna and Monica will show you how from their home kitchen.
Love to cook and travel? Italy has some of the best cooking schools in Europe! Cook in Italy...more info.
This simple pesto recipe is quick to make and keeps in the refrigerator for weeks. Make some today!
Make this easy penne with shrimp and broccoli for dinner. Try it tonight!
Simple, rustic blueberry pastry using puff pastry and fresh or frozen blueberries. Delicious and speedy. Get the recipe now!
Roasting vegetables is a great way to bring out the best flavor. You can roast any kind of vegetable and change the flavor.
Review of Olivari Mediterranean Olive Oil product.
Recently named 2011 Product of the Year for the Cooking Category by the Consumer Survey for Product Innovation.
Olive Oil is a staple in my kitchen. I couldn't cook without it! So when Olivari contacted me and wanted to know if I would try their Olive Oil, I gladly agreed. I tried the Extra Virgin variety, but they also make a Classic and Extra Light variety. I found it to be a great "every day" oil for my purposes.
What I loved:
This bottle/brand has a pop-up pourer that worked wonderfully!
What I'd like to see:
The bottle was not tinted. I prefer to keep my olive oil in a bottle that light cannot easily penetrate - either a colored bottle or another type of container such as ceramic or tin.
Lightweight, plastic bottle
Readily available at Walmart
A blend of mediterranean olives for a pleasing taste
Quick access to recipes on their Web site: http://www.OlivariMediterranean.com
BONUS: I have coupons to share! I'll send a coupon for a FREE 17 oz. bottle of Olivari to the first 4 readers who share a recipe with me. It has to be a recipe using olive oil. :-)
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I was attending an Internet Marketing conference recently in Orlando, Florida. It was held at the Hyatt Grand Cypress Hotel. I'm telling you, I've never had such good hotel food. Everything we had - whether it was sit down or box lunch - was delicious!
My favorite part was the wonderful coffee. Nothing like a really good cup of coffee to wake up your day. So imagine my surprise to find an Italian coffee being served. Could I really go wrong? I don't think so!
I loved it so much and it reminded me of my trip to Italy, so I ordered some for home.
Click below to learn more about Torrefazione Italia Coffee and to see where you can buy a bag for yourself.
This 30-minute rigatoni with italian sausage and broccoli is perfect for a weeknight meal. Get the recipe now.
Want a new chicken dish? Prosciutto-wrapped chicken with feta cheese is an yummy twist on the usual chicken dish. Serve it tonight!
Feta bruschetta is a simple appetizer (antipasti). Perfect served with your apertivo (pre-dinner beverage), this is a simple recipe than can be made ahead.
Cantucci is a Tuscan nut biscotti (cookie) that is authentic to the Tuscan region of Italy. Without the presence of a fat, this cookie can be stored for a long period of time.
Zucchini and potato pie is an easy and delicious vegetable side dish (contorno).
Fennel gratin is an easy dish to prepare. Never used fresh fennel? Here's your introduction to this wonderful ingredient.
If you'd like to go with me to Italy to cook next year, let me know. (Fill out the form on the linked page--see below). Don't delay...deposits are due in the spring for this fall tour!