italian cuisine

Italian cuisine is known for its regional diversity, especially between the north and the south of the Italian peninsula
Italian cuisine is known for its regional diversity, especially between the north and the south. It offers an abundance of taste, and is one of the most popular and copied in the world. It influenced several cuisines around the world, chiefly that of the United States. Italian cuisine is generally characterized by its simplicity, with many dishes having only two to four main ingredients. Italian cooks rely chiefly on the quality of the ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation.

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  1. Morning Glory

    Recipe Coffee Biscotti with Pistachio, Fennel Seed and Cherry

    Crisp and crunchy and made for dunking, this Italian ‘twice-cooked’ biscuit is traditionally served with Italian dessert wine Vino Santo, rather than coffee. I understand there is an optimum recommended duration for 'biscotti dunking' into Vino Santo! Its an unusual biscuit because...
  2. MypinchofItaly

    Recipe Torta Carrarina - Tuscan rice cake

    The Carrarina cake takes its name from its city of origin, i.e. Massa Carrara in the Lunigiana area, in the northwest of Tuscany. It was born in that part of Tuscany (which borders on Liguria) because of the hard work at the marble quarries for which Massa Carrara is famous, the workers needed...
  3. SatNavSaysStraightOn

    Recipe Italian (Dairy Free) Milk Pudding

    Finally, here's an Italian Milk Pudding. I'm making this one dairy free. I'll stick with soya milk and I'll scale back the quantities. I won't get time to try it before the end of the challenge and is not one that's easily made vegan because it contains eggs. Good news for me mind you. The...
  4. detroitdad

    Recipe Collard Greens with Sweet Italian Sausage

    I put this in the vegie sub forum because the Collard Greens are the primary ingredient. If you it needs to be moved, no worries. I haven't made this yet. This is the recipe I plan on using tonight. Any suggestions on tweaking it? I've never cooked with collard greens before. Ingredients 2...
  5. LadyBelle


    Just come back from my annual Rome trip. Weather was fabulous (apart from Monday), everything else wonderful.
  6. CraigC

    Recipe Caprese Relish

    I was watching a Bobby Flay show and saw him make this relish. He was grilling Italian sausages for sandwiches and the relish was to go on them. I've used the relish for my own version of sausage sandwiches, but like it on its own or for a quick pasta dish. Ingredients 1 pint yellow and/or red...
  7. Morning Glory

    Italian Mozzarella - the treatment of buffalos

    We were chatting about the production of mozzarella in another thread and I did a bit of research and came across this rather shocking report. The report is a few years old so I don't know what action has been taken...
  8. F

    The Extraordinary Italian Cheeses ..

    Italy is one of the world´s largest cheese producers, and one might not realise, though uncountable Italian cheeses are only produced on a strictly regional basis for strictly Italian markets. There are over 400 and a huge number are virtually unknown to outsiders and un-obtainable as they are...
  9. CraigC

    Nduja (spreadable Italian salami paste)

    Karen found this spreadable Italian salami paste while searching for something else. Then our search to find it locally began. We started in an Italian grocery store. We asked several employees that said they never heard of it and they certainly didn't carry it. Lucky for us a women employee...
  10. Sandra

    Recipe Apulian tarallucci with fennel seeds

    Mod Edits in bold I live in Rimini in the region of Emilia Romagna but my mother is from Puglia, a region in the south of Italy, and I spend two weeks in August every year in this beautiful region. Ingredients: 500 gr refined flour (plain, white or wholemeal) 200 ml white wine 10 gr salt 1...
  11. F

    Recipe Italian Besciamella / Bechamel from Bologna

    The best Besciamella or Bechamel I have ever had, came from an Italian Restaurant in Bologna, Emila Romagna, Enoteca La Capinnina .. Besciamella or Bechamel means " White sauce" and in Bologna, it is predominately used in Lasagna .. Recipe: 5 Tablespoons of French Butter ( 82 % butter fat...
  12. F

    Recipe Italian Deviled Egg Appetisers

    The Term Deviled, was documented and referenced in the world of cuisine, in the 18th century (1786 to be exact ). It denotes "zesty and spicy" .. There are uncountable variations in different countries, however, the Deviled Egg was first created in The Roman Empire before the year 700 and...
  13. Morning Glory

    Recipe Sicilian Swordfish (Pesce spada alla Siciliana)

    Well, I really did think I’d come up with an original recipe. I bought some beautiful swordfish steaks and I was thinking about how they would work so well with salty olives and capers, sweet raisins and creamy pine nuts in a garlicky tomato sauce. Having ‘invented', cooked and photographed the...
  14. Morning Glory

    Nigella's Tuscan Chips (Fries)

    Has anyone tried making Nigella's Tuscan Chips (Fries). I'm asking because its such a curious recipe. And I was reminded of @Elawin's thread Do you preheat your oven? In this case, its 'do you pre-heat the oil?' In this recipe, you put the potato in room temperature oil and then heat to fry the...
  15. Ken Natton

    Italian Food

    So, a thread on Italian food. It had occurred to me that, for Mypinchofitaly, it isn’t Italian food, it is just – food. So the reality I suppose is that what I have in mind is a discussion about the British perspective, or perhaps at least the international perspective on Italian food. Of...
  16. winterybella

    Recipe Tuscan Garlic Chicken

    So I always have chicken in my freezer and sometimes will make cuts of my own chicken breast for quick and easy meals. I thought I'd have a look at Pinterest for some ideas and immediately this recipe pops up. I love garlic and once I saw garlic and chicken I thought this is something I could...
  17. winterybella

    Recipe Italian Lentil Soup

    I am not sure if it's too late for the the Challenge, but I am going to post this find of mine. It's Italian and not Barbadiian but I can put a twist on almost anything to make it my own. INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 cups diced white onion (about 1 large onion) 1 cup...
  18. cupcakechef

    Recipe Fettucine with Shiitake Mushrooms and Basil

    Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced (1 1/2 cups) 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest 2 tablespoons lemon juice, juice 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste Freshly ground pepper, to taste 8 ounces whole-wheat...
  19. cupcakechef

    Recipe When life gives you basil...make pesto!

    My garden has a couple of basil plants, and they've absolutely been thriving so far this spring/summer - so much so that I had a big old abundance of basil. I made some fabulous pesto today and the recipe was so easy. Pop it all in your blender and you've got amazing pesto at a fraction of the...
  20. twinsmommy31

    Italian dishes

    What is your favorite Italian dish to make? I have a fabulous lasagna recipe that includes 6 different cheeses. The whole pan gets eaten every time.
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