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If you invite me to your house for dinner, I will eat anything you prepare. Really. If you’re going through the time and effort to prepare a meal, I will wholeheartedly enjoy every bite. Dietary restrictions, food allergies and food aversions are not a part of my life, which probably makes me one of the […]

First Course (Primi), Gluten Free, Main Dish, Recipes, Seafood

Risotto with Shrimp, Scallops and Asparagus (Risotto con Gamberi, Capesante e Asparagi)

Risotto with Shrimp and Scallops

From Laney Would you like to know the first thing I tasted made by Liz Benedettini Larkin…with her dark hair, big smile and very Italian name? Scones! Yup, scones! You see, Liz is known around these parts as “The Scone Lady” because she bakes these amazing scones and sells them under the name of Mrs. Larkin’s […]

Bread, First Course (Primi), Main Dish, Recipes

Piadina {Guest Post by Liz Benedettini Larkin}


Homemade giardiniera is beautiful, colorful, tasty and very easy to prepare. It’s always ready for use and can be stored for several months. I serve it in combination with sliced or boiled meat, or simply use it to dress a rice salad. Giardiniera will always be appreciated by your guests because it is a genuine product made with your […]

Appetizer/Antipasto, First Course (Primi), Recipes, Vegetables

Giardiniera – Sweet and Sour Vegetables {by Cristina}


It’s not news that I love to cook…and love to eat even more. It’s sort of like a chicken and an egg thing – do I like to cook because I like to eat or do I like to eat because I like to cook? It really doesn’t matter, but one of the things I […]

Appetizer/Antipasto, First Course (Primi), Recipes, Vegetables

Four Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms (and Cooking with Daniel at ICE)

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

  I’m not one to eat something just because it has nutritional and health benefits – if it doesn’t taste good, I won’t eat it (unless someone comes up with a food GUARANTEED for instant weight loss or the fountain of youth, in which case all bets are off and I’ll try anything). Ancient grains […]

First Course (Primi), Main Dish, Recipes, Salad, Vegetables

Farro Salad with Kale, Radishes and Toasted Walnuts

Farro Salad

From Laney – It was sort of Girl’s Night Out but we did it in at Cristina’s house for another one of her fabulous meals. But this time, we were going to help her make homemade ravioli. Monica picked me up at Col delle Rane, then we picked up Marisa and off we went to […]

First Course (Primi), Pasta, Recipes

Ravioli di Ricotta e Menta (Ravioli with Ricotta and Mint)-Video with Cristina


Liguria immediately comes to mind when speaking of pesto as it is in this beautiful region that this wonderful sauce was born. It is said that it is even an aphrodisiac! Pesto is an uncooked sauce – a synonym and symbol of Genoa and the whole of Liguria and in recent years has become one […]

First Course (Primi), Pasta, Recipes

Pasta al Pesto e Patate (Pasta with Pesto and Potatoes)

Pasta with Pasto

Pappardelle is a simple pasta made with flour, eggs and salt and it doesn’t take much time to prepare really good homemade pasta. Here is my small but useful handbook on how to prepare a perfect dough: 1) If possible, use a wooden board because the roughness of the wood is more suitable than a […]

First Course (Primi), Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes

Homemade Pappardelle with Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes and Pecorino

Papparadelle with Zucchini and cherry tomatoes

Just got back from a four day work trip and I had asked Dad to pick me up at the airport. It was 1:30 pm and I was tired but above all hungry.  It was rather cold on the airplane and I chose not to eat. My stomach was crying for a pizza.  German cuisine […]

Dessert, First Course (Primi), Recipes, Vegetables

Zucchini Flower Fritelle (Fritters)

Fried Zucchini Flowers

When Laney arrived in Italy, I was so excited to finally meet her…and to get to know the American girl who would help me to speak English better and who gave me the opportunity to cook and join her blog! It was love at first sight! I spent three wonderful days with her, Monica and […]

Brunch, First Course (Primi), Main Dish, Recipes, Vegetables

Tortino agli Asparagi Verdi (Egg Tart with Asparagus)

Egg Tart with Asparagus

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