How to cook Italian food; but not pizza or pasta

How to cook Italian food; but not pizza or pasta

Do you love Italian food but wonder if there’s more to it than just pizza or pasta? The truth is you’re right! There are a wealth of dishes for every season, in every region.

So here you can try: Involtini al Formaggio!

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#DolceVitaBloggers Linkup - #12 January 2019

#DolceVitaBloggers Linkup - #12 January 2019

January 2019 - New Year, New Rules!

We used to have set themes each month, but we understand there isn’t always time to write yet another post!

There are some topic suggestions below you are free to use, however from now on we ask for any Italy related blog posts or vlogs each month.

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Which is your favourite Italian Christmas Cake? Panettone or Pandoro?

Which is your favourite Italian Christmas Cake? Panettone or Pandoro?

Which is your favourite Italian Christmas Cake? Panettone or Pandoro

Given that my family have already eaten a Panettone a week since September! I thought it was time to write about the two main cakes you can expect in Italy at Christmas!

Italian Christmas meals are long and full of many courses but what is less well known is what is eaten for dessert. 

Panettone and Pandoro are offered in most houses along with nuts, fruit and Torrone which is a delicious Italian nougat. 

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Italian Christmas gifts for Food lovers!

Italian Christmas gifts for Food lovers!

Italian Christmas gifts for Food lovers!

Buying for a ‘Foodie’ is pure joy this time of year!

Although it comes with the added issue that you might be tempted to eat your gifts before Christmas Day arrives!

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#DolceVitaBloggers Linkup - #11 October 2018 - Hilarious travel mishaps

#DolceVitaBloggers Linkup - #11 October 2018 - Hilarious travel mishaps

October – Travel Gone Hilariously Wrong

We all know even the best of travel plans can (and do) go awry. Tell us about your travels gone wrong (even if it’s only hilarious in hindsight).

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7 of the greatest time saving Italian gadgets for your kitchen

7 of the greatest time saving Italian gadgets for your kitchen

7 of the greatest time saving Italian gadgets for your kitchen

As you can imagine the kitchen is quite important in our house! It’s not always easy without a nonna to recreate all those freshly cooked pasta dishes and homemade gnocchi.

We definitely don’t have time for this amount of preparation! I’ve been searching for a while now for gadgets that give us the essence of being back in Italy without quite so much effort!

I recently stumbled upon LionsHome, a site which helps you find the most beautiful furnishings and accessories for living spaces. They offer inspiration on homes, gardens, DIY and have gathered together a myriad of practical products to discover.

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How to find the best regional Italian dishes from Piedmont

How to find the best regional Italian dishes from Piedmont

How to find the best regional Italian dishes from Piedmont

This month myself, Jasmine of Questadolcevita and Kelly of Italianatheart are hosting an Italophile linkup called #Dolcevitabloggers. Every month we encourage people to write on a different topic and in September we're sharing our 'Favourite Italian Recipes'. 

So what better way to find some new special meals to create than to ask a community of Italians and those living in Italy absorbing the culture!

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How to warm up this Autumn with heavenly leek and potato soup!

How to warm up this Autumn with heavenly leek and potato soup!

How to warm up this Autumn with heavenly leek and potato soup!

Happy September to you all!

As you may have read elsewhere on the blog. This is the week where myself, Jasmine of Questadolcevita and Kelly of Italianatheart host an Italophile linkup called #Dolcevitabloggers. Every month we encourage people to write on a different topic and in September we're sharing our 'Favourite Italian Recipes'. 

I decided on a quick creamy Gorgonzola pasta recipe for mine. To my delight some of the wonderful Italy loving community have contributed recipes of their own!

Here we have a super, comforting leek and potato soup shared with us by Mary.

Mary is from Chicago and now lives in Italy, in the Province of Ascoli Piceno. This dish is a huge hit in her house and we can’t wait to try it!

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Favourite Italian Recipe (#Dolcevitabloggers)

Favourite Italian Recipe (#Dolcevitabloggers)

Favourite Italian Recipe (#Dolcevitabloggers)

This month for the #Dolcevitabloggers link up we're writing about our 'Favourite Italian Recipe'. 

Surely this should be easy. But how many Italian dishes do you love? It's a difficult choice!

I've decided to share a quick and easy pasta recipe. One that you can make with just a few ingredients, takes less than 15 mins and can be used for guests! I know this seems impossible but this dish is a real showstopper! 

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How to cook pasta... but not just any pasta!

How to cook pasta... but not just any pasta!

How to cook pasta... but not just any pasta! 

I recently asked my Instagram followers if they would like to know more about how to cook pasta the Italian way. How to marry together a sauce and a pasta shape. Yes those pasta shapes are really made for different sauces not just because someone got creative in the kitchen one day! 

However before I get started I think if we're going to talk about how to cook pasta, first we should discuss quality. 

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Ragu' or Bolognese?

Ragu' or Bolognese?

Ragu' or Bolognese?

In the UK we've all grown up with Spaghetti Bolognese thinking we were eating an authentic Italian dish! In general terms it's partially Italian but there are key differences! 

Ragu' alla bolognese which is the name of the meat sauce, is from Bologna. The Bolognese means something from Bologna. A local could say they are Bolognese, the same as my Husband is Milanese as he's from Milan.

It's served with tagliatelle not spaghetti. Spaghetti doesn't hold the thick sauce the way tagliatelle does. 

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Perfect Pesto Pasta

Perfect Pesto Pasta

Perfect Pesto Pasta

I've got a series of Pasta posts coming up so I thought it only right that I also arm you with some sauces. Here you have the easiest, quickest and most delicious family meal, Pesto. 

Yes you can buy it in a jar but if you get used to making it yourself you will wonder why you ever went to the shop. It's so quick and can be adapted to what you have at home. 

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Where's My Village? Mammaprada & Facebook

Where's My Village? Mammaprada & Facebook

Where’s My Village? Mammaprada & Facebook

Mammaprada is starting to build a bit of momentum and I would like to create more opportunities for us to share things with each other, chat, have fun and offer assistance or collaboration!

With that in mind I have in a moment of possibly sheer madness created TWO Facebook groups!

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The Origin of Spaghetti and Meatballs - Donatella Polizzi

The Origin of Spaghetti and Meatballs - Donatella Polizzi

The Origin of Spaghetti and Meatballs - Donatella Polizzi

Is spaghetti and meatballs really Italian? It's delicious no doubt but there's a lot of snobbery around this dish and some quite extreme views on it's origin. I recently discovered the lovely Donatella Polizzi's posts on Italian food and culture on Facebook and she's agreed to share her knowledge here.

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Italian Christmas Cakes: Panettone & Pandoro

Italian Christmas Cakes: Panettone & Pandoro

 

Italian Christmas cakes: Panettone & Pandoro

Given that my family have already eaten two Panettone in November! I thought it was time to write about the two main cakes you can expect in Italy at Christmas!

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