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Warm green pea and bean salad

Fresh or frozen, peas bring a refreshing lightness to any dish and are therefore often used to lift the spirits of what might otherwise be overly-hearty winter warmers… Warm green pea and bean salad with herb-roasted tomatoes or Insalata tiepida di piselli verdi e fave con pomodori arrostiti all’erbe Serves 4 – Preparation 10 minutes –  Cooking 25 […]

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Saffron-braised chicken with peas, almonds and garlic

Fresh or frozen, peas bring a refreshing lightness to any dish and are therefore often used to lift the spirits of what might otherwise be overly-hearty winter warmers… Saffron-braised chicken with peas, almonds and garlic Serves 4 – Preparation 15 minutes – Cooking 45 minutes Ingredients 4 free-range chicken legs,  cut in half 3 tbsp olive oil 4 shallots, […]

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Viewpoint: Markets in Pomposa

A solitary market stall in Pomposa, near Ferrara, selling pumpkins of all shapes and sizes in late October of last year. It doesn’t get more Italian – and yet, of course, it’s not Italian at all… Like maize – another crop that is grown very extensively here in the Po Valley – and tomatoes – […]

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Italian Inspired Thanksgiving Vegetable Sides

Italian Inspired Thanksgiving Vegetable Sides

Planning our Thanksgiving feast is not something I take lightly, and there really are many factors to consider when creating a holiday menu. My family are traditionalists, and they really feel that Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a turkey. I tried to change things up last year and wanted to create an Umbrian menu with […] Continue reading

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Farro Pasta With In A Creamy Thyme Sauce With Mushrooms & Sausage ~ For National Pasta Day

Farro Pasta With In A Creamy Thyme Sauce With Mushrooms & Sausage ~ For National Pasta Day

The folks at Lagostina contacted me a while ago to see if I’d be interested in taking part in National Pasta Day, October 17th. They were kind enough to gift me with a gorgeous pasta pot to use to create a unique and tasty pasta dish for this celebration. I recently returned to North America […] Continue reading

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Bolognese is best in Britain

What’s the verdict? Italian or British bundle of bolognese? This story first appeared on The Telegraph and was written by XANTHE CLAY.   I was brought up on spaghetti bolognese. Slippery tendrils of pasta wreathed in a great mound of meat and tomato sauce, which we didn’t know was called a ragu, was a regular supper. For us […]

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Food icons of Italy – this month, Pasta

This month, Mario Matassa continues his delicious journey through the fascinating world of Italian cuisine, tackling, in this issue the all-important first course In a country that is as much defined by its gastronomy as it is by its history, art and architecture, there is perhaps no better place to begin to understand Italy than at […]

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Spaghetti with prawns, watercress and pesto

Peppery, refreshing and full of goodness, watercress has been farmed since prehistoric times. Its season is now, though under the right conditions it will grow nearly all year round… Spaghetti with prawns and watercress and pumpkin seed pesto OR Spaghetti con gamberi al pesto di semi di zucca e crescione d’acqua Serves 2 (with leftover pesto) […]

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Roasted Vegetable and Watercress Linguine

We take on watercress this week and this recipe is fresh and delicious! Serves 4 – Preparation 10 minutes – Cooking 30 minutes Roasted vegetable and watercress linguine OR Linguine alle verdure arrostite e crescione d’acqua Ingredients 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and chopped 1 red onion, chopped 2 tbsp olive oil 100g chestnut mushrooms, […]

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Sicilian Spaghetti Stuffed Eggplant Rollups {Involtini di Melanzane}

We just returned from ten fabulous days in France, spending half our stay in Provence, and the other half in the French Alps so my husband and his friends could climb mountains on their bikes. Now our trip to Sicily last month seems so far away… Continue reading

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Frizzone – Vegetable Stew From Emilia Romagna

I often get carried away at my local outdoor markets here in Umbria. There are only two of us at home, but I always buy enough vegetables to serve a large family for a week! This dilemma usually works out for us, as we eat the leftover vegetabl… Continue reading

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