Something that you can’t exclude from a dinner with Italian food is a good Italian wine. If you are like me that you can enjoy a few hours with friends at a tabel with good food, you’ll need to try … Continue reading Amarone della Valpolicella Cesari
This is a dish that was very famous in the 70’s. Invented by a New York chef in Bologna (IT). You wouldn’t expect this to be a famous dish in Italy, because of the vodka… I lately found this dish … Continue reading Vodka and penne
Most Italians have some sort of olive oil with some chili in it as a hot sauce. Last year I tried a new sort of hot sauce. It has a lot of flavor and you can make it as hot … Continue reading Italian hot sauce!
One of my favorite recipes for when I’m lazy in the kitchen is “Tortellini with peas and cream”. It’s really easy to make and gives you comfort. When I was a kid I didn’t like it because I wasn’t a … Continue reading Lazy comfort food: tortellini with peas and cream
Another typical autumn dish is pasta with nuts and cheese. In this case, mezzelune with a filling of walnuts, gorgonzola and ricotta. I added the ricotta because some of my friends didn’t like the strong flavor of the gorgonzola. First … Continue reading Mezzelune with walnuts, gorgonzola and ricotta
I’ve already shown you how to make and fry polpette. In this post I’ll show you how to make my version of spaghetti meatballs. It’s a realy simple recipe. For the sauce you’ll need the following ingredients (4 portions): 2 … Continue reading Spaghetti meatballs
Polpette… something many like and everybody has it’s own recipe. Whether you eat them in your pasta sauce or you fry them in a pan, it has many fans… My recipe is very simple. I use the same recipe for … Continue reading Polpette, Italian meatballs.
Sunny days, some rain, damp mornings, …. The perfect circumstances for porcini to grow. Just need to find a spot in the woods where they grow. Every porcini “hunter” has his own spots, and they won’t tell you where the … Continue reading It’s that time of the year… Porcini!
Last week I was searching the web for new recipes and found this beauty… Spaghetti mari e monti (sea and mountains). You combine the best of the sea and mountains. This is a traditional recipe from Le Marche. Here are … Continue reading Spaghetti mari e monti
Peperonata, another Italian classic. Basic but you can tweak it and add some extra ingredients to spice it up. I’ll show you how to make the basic dish and feel free to add some new ingredients yourself, be creative… The … Continue reading Peperonata, a real classic
Everybody loves a shot of limoncello! But how cool would it be to show off to your friends with a homemade batch of limoncello? It’s not that difficult to make, but it takes some patience. You need to do it … Continue reading Make your own Limoncello!
Frittelle, brings back memories. My nonna making them in the kitchen and me trying them as soon as they were ready… So simple but so good as appetizer. You can make frittelle with all sorts of vegetables, but my favorite … Continue reading Frittelle di zucca, a super appetizer!
Fall is a great season. You can find all sorts of “wild” meat in your supermarket or local butcher. One of my favorites is wild boar. I decided to make my own minced meat of wild boar, and make a … Continue reading Ragu of wild boar
As I already explained in a previous post, gnocchi is a real classic and one of my favorite things to eat. But it you need some time and courage to make them. What is the secret of perfect gnocchi? It’s … Continue reading Gnocchi di patate
A real Italian classic is “gnocchi”. It’s also one of my favorite things to eat. It requires some work but it’s all worth it… But first you need to make a good sauce to accompany your gnocchi. Since you already have … Continue reading Gnocchi con sugo di salsiccia
A few years ago I was looking for good quality wine and came across a website. I subscribed and a few days later the catalog arrived. It came in a small box with a little present in it. The catalog was … Continue reading Fattoria La Vialla: Il Birborosso
Christmas main course: Wild boar stew Or as we call it “Cinghiale alla Marchigiana”… Wild boar with its tasty meat is a coveted prey for hunters. Nearly extinct in the early twentieth century, was then reintroduced in different breeds from … Continue reading Christmas main course: Wild boar stew
So my sister and brother-in-law opened a pizzeria in a small town called As (Belgium). It’s a cosy restaurant with a big oven that runs on gas and wood. This adds extra flavor to the pizza. My sister currently runs the … Continue reading Pizza at Da gli Sticchilini
Minestrone, a soup full of vitamines Now that winter is coming, its a good thing to stock up on some vitamins. And what better way to do it with a good cup of soup. But what is minestrone. It’s a … Continue reading Minestrone, a soup full of vitamins
Sugo della nonna I’m back! Sorry it took a while, but had a really busy couple of months with our newborn son. This new recipe is a tribute to my grandmother. I grew up with this sauce, she made it … Continue reading Sugo della nonna
Pizza! Let’s make some pizza. I’ve searched all over the internet to get a really good recipe for the pizza dough. After trying several, i finally found the one i really liked. It’s from a recipe for the real pizza … Continue reading Pizza!
Lazy Monday lasagna The best thing about lasagna is the leftovers for the day after. I don’t like to heat the whole thing up in the microwave oven. I prefer to heat it back up in a saucepan. It’s … Continue reading Lazy Monday lasagna
Pasta al forno with broccoli and ricotta All credits to my girlfriend for this recipe. A very simple and fast dish with very few ingredients: broccoli 200 gr coarsely chopped minced meat (i use the one used in Italian sausages) dried chilly … Continue reading Pasta al forno with broccoli and ricotta
Lasagna, the best Sunday family lunch/dinner What greater feeling then when you wake up on a Sunday morning with the smell of homemade lasagna in the oven… For me it brings back childhood memories. For our family it was Sunday … Continue reading Lasagna, the best Sunday family lunch/dinner
Crostata, a great snack. A great snack with your 4 o’clock cappuccino is “crostata”. You can make it with a lot of things, but my favorite is with cherry jam. You can also make it with Nutella, but it’s a lot heavier. … Continue reading Crostata, a great snack
Spaghetti broccoli, fast and simple! Something you can make if you don’t have the time to cook is spaghetti broccoli. In spite of the other recipes on my blog, this is not one of my grandmothers. It’s a recipe that we got … Continue reading Spaghetti broccoli, fast and simple!
Risotto with salsiccia and peas Who can say no to a nice plate of risotto… I love it!! The key to a nice risotto, is a good broth (see my post about brodo). The broth defines the taste and … Continue reading Risotto with salsiccia and peas
Sauce for lasagna One of my favorite dishes is lasagna (in the Marche it’s called Vincisgrassi), and specially the sauce in it. I actually make two sauces for my lasagna. One is a tomato based and the other one is … Continue reading Sauce for lasagna (Vincisgrassi)
Let’s make some brodo! Something that i really like making is brodo di pollo (chicken broth). And if you use fresh vegetables, it’s very healthy! Making brodo has a lot of advantages. You can use it for several things: risotto … Continue reading Let’s make some brodo!
Focaccia time! One of my favorite things to make when i get bored is focaccia. It’s very simple to make and you can practically finish it with what you like. I usually keep it very simple. Just a few cherry tomatoes, onion, rosemary and some sea salt. … Continue reading Focaccia time!