Baci Perugina homemade - delicious recipe


Can you think of a better way to express your love for the one and only that occupies that special place in your hearth! – Give the Italian Kiss and this time is sweeter than ever and who knows what may follow?

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The Pope's Noodles - a divine inspiration


The Pope’s Noodles or Fettuccine alla Papalina – an upscale reinterpretation of the earthy spaghetti carbonara.

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How to break down a Pumpkin to make your fresh pumpkin pie filling

Peeled and deseeded, I chopped the pumpkin into 1inch X 1inch cubes

The toughest part of the pumpkin pie filling by far is breaking down the pumpkin. Read what this upcoming Chef discovered after he diced the pumpkin into little pieces…

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Secret Pumpkin Pie Recipe


Native Americans dried strips of pumpkin and wove them into mats. They also roasted long strips of pumpkin on the open fire and ate them. The origin of pumpkin pie occurred when the colonists sliced off the pumpkin top, removed the seeds, and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. The pumpkin was then baked in hot ashes.

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Are all winter squashes pumpkins?

Pumpkin & Squash Identification Chart from Earthbound Farm in Carmel Valley, CA

Pumpkins are winter squashes, but not all winter squashes are pumpkins! – No matter what you call them, in the fall many wonderful varieties are available. Squash is native to the New World, and some species have been cultivated for more than 9,000 years.

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A heavenly Pairing

Terre di San Leonardo

This is a spring recipe for making Herbed Beef Tenderloin served with Field Greens and paired with TERRE di San Leonardo, a wine conceived by the Giacomo Tachis and crafted today by renowned enologist Carlo Ferrini.

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Eggplant Caponata


Authentic Sicilian caponata bears no resemblance to any commercial product. The secret is to prepare the vegetables separately so that they retain their own individual taste. Without peeling the eggplants, cube into 1/2 inch pieces. Sprinkle with salt and let drain in a colander. Place a weight on top for one to three hours; the longer, the sweeter. Dry well and set aside. Heat oil in a deep frying pan. Fry the eggplant until brown.

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Blanched broccoli rabe and fresh tomatoes

Rapini,broccoli rabé

As my quest continue to point me toward healthier choices I decided to blanche a bunch of rapini, along with four stem tomatoes which I hand crushed to allow the juce to spill into the pot, added some Italian herbs, a drizzle of oil and a dash of salt. I placed two slices of Italian whole wheat bread in the toaster oven while the rapini and stem tomatoes were blanching under a closed lid for 15 minutes and here are the results: a tasty healthy dish full of vitamins, minerals and with less than a teaspoon of oil, you may add the word heart healthy.

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Loins of lamb with fruit

Loins-of-lamb-with -fruit

Prepare the eggplant cream: add the oil, onion and diced eggplant to a frying pan, add a pinch of sugar and caramelize. Pour in the Vino Nobile, simmer and then liquidise and add the orange zest to obtain a cream. Make the reduction in a pan: pour in Vino Nobile with sugar, orange zest and cinnamon, simmer slowly to reduce by half then turn off heat and allow to cool.

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Famous symbol of Italian liqueur tradition and culture


The name of this liqueur intended to pay homage to the second queen of Italy, Princess Helen of Montenegro, on occasion of her marriage to Victor Emmanuel III, the Italian sovereign at that time. In over 100 years of history, Amaro Montenegro has seen its success constantly increase over the years and it has become, not only the most renowned, top-selling brand of Amaro in Italy, but also one of the most famous symbol of Italian liqueur tradition and culture.

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