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Tiramisù, a creamy puddinglike concoction, layers espresso-soaked cakes with a mixture of beaten eggs, sugar, and Mascarpone cheese. Dust your tiramisù with some cocoa powder or grated bittersweet chocolate [more…]

Mushroom Salad

You can make this mushroom salad in a snap. Try to use cremini mushrooms if you can, because their strong, woodsy flavor makes this salad special.

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Prunes in Red Wine

In this recipe, you first soak prunes in water to make them soft. Second, you cook the prunes in red wine flavored with sugar, cinnamon, and citrus to season them. You serve the prunes in the red wine [more…]

Fresh Berry Granita

Italians make a frozen dessert called a granita. Granite (plural for granita) are scraped ices, much like the Italian ices sold by street vendors in North America. This granita incorporates fresh berries [more…]

Orange Cannoli Pie

This orange cannoli pie has toasted pine nuts in the crust and is filled with sweetened ricotta cheese that’s flavored with orange zest and semisweet chocolate. Traditional tube-shaped cannoli shells need [more…]

Onion Soup

Onion soup is made throughout Italy. Traditionally, a pot of onion soup would simmer gently on the stove all day. If eaten for lunch, it would be brothy. Later in the day, after the soup had cooked down [more…]

Italian Cheeses

You have hundreds of Italian cheeses to choose from, but not all of these cheeses are available in America. Here are some of the most popular and useful Italian cheeses that you should be able to find [more…]

Stuffed Oysters, Taranto-Style

Taranto-Style Stuffed Oysters is a delectable southern Italian dish that you can also make with littleneck or cherrystone clams. Oysters are tricky to work with — don’t attempt to open oysters yourself [more…]

How to Make Velvety Rich Spinach Lasagna

You may not think of lasagna for Christmas dinner, but it’s a real crowd pleaser that's inexpensive to make. This meatless recipe for spinach lasagna is a great make-ahead dish that you can freeze and [more…]

Creating an Antipasti Tray for Your Christmas Party

In Italy, antipasti can include rice dishes, egg dishes, fish and shellfish, and more, but for your pre-Christmas dinner purposes, a lighter selection is just fine and will fit into even a tight budget [more…]

How to Make an Antipasto Platter

You can assemble various foods into an attractive spread easily. Antipasto calls for serving an array of cheeses, meats, breads, olives, and vegetables on a large platter. Assembling antipasto is 50 percent [more…]

Nondairy Dinner of Manicotti with Tofu, Spinach, and Mushrooms

This traditional Italian dish made with manicotti (long, hollow tubes of pasta) is rich, flavorful, and free of saturated fat and dairy ingredients. The pasta tubes are cooked, filled with a nondairy cheese [more…]

Dairy-Free Dinner of Spaghetti with Spicy Marinara Sauce

This pasta dish is spicy, tangy, and sure to be a favorite in your house for a dairy-free dinner. You can easily change this simple meal just by trying different shapes of pasta, like bow ties, rotini, [more…]

Easy Dairy-Free Vegetable Lasagna

This take on the traditional Italian dish, omits dairy, adds protein, and cuts the saturated fat, sodium, and lactose by replacing ricotta cheese with tofu. Using plenty of your favorite spaghetti sauce [more…]

Roasted Red Pepper and Nondairy Cheese Panini

A panini is an Italian-style sandwich grilled in a sandwich press, usually recognized by those nifty horizontal marks on the finished product. You can find panini presses just about anywhere. The roasted [more…]

Basic Rules of Italian Cooking

How do you capture the essence of Italian cooking if you didn't grow up in Italy? If you want to think like an Italian chef, practice these simple Italian cooking tips and you won't go wrong: [more…]

Serving a Traditional Italian Meal in Order

A traditional Italian meal is leisurely process — a time to share news of the day and enjoy the delicious results of the cook's labor — and has several distinct courses. If you're preparing an authentic [more…]

Popular Herbs for Italian Cooking

Fresh herbs are used almost exclusively in Italian cooking. Why? They taste better than dried herbs. Fresh herbs have all their aromatic oils. The intensity of herbs vary, so when substituting, try to [more…]

Common Pasta Shapes

Pastas come in an amazing variety of shapes. Certain Italian dishes call for specific pasta shapes because they compliment the sauce. This list gives a brief description of the most common pasta shapes [more…]

Italian Cooking For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you want to try your hand at Italian cooking you need to follow some basic cooking rules that govern Italian cuisine and learn the structure of a traditional Italian meal. If you run into a problem [more…]

Mama Mia Meatball Pizza

This meatball pizza will keep your finicky children satisfied without exacerbating your hypertension, because who doesn't like pizza? This quick and easy recipe also won't take up a lot of your time in [more…]

Chicken Cutlets with Artichokes (Scaloppine di Pollo con Carciofi)

Starting with canned artichokes hearts rather than fresh artichokes saves a tremendous amount of prep time. Serve this dish as is or use the chicken and artichokes as a sandwich filling. [more…]

Everyday Focaccia (Focaccia Tutti I Giorni)

With just olive oil and salt on top, this focaccia is the simplest and most basic. Use it to make sandwiches (just slice squares in half horizontally) or serve it as a snack. It’s also great in the breadbasket [more…]

Fennel and Orange Salad (Insalata di Finocchi e Aranci)

Fennel, a popular vegetable in Italy, is eaten raw in salads or cooked and served as a side dish. Raw fennel is crunchy like celery but has a sweet licorice flavor. This dish is Sicilian in origin and [more…]

Fish with Asparagus (Pesce con gli Asparagi)

For this recipe, you can use snapper, Chilean bass, or salmon. Flouring the fillets helps keep them from falling apart as they cook. The flour also helps to thicken the sauce. [more…]


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