Guest recipes

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In this page we gather recipes collected from fellow Italian friends who live around the world

21 March 2018

Tiramisú by Elena

Tiramisu’ is the most famous Italian dessert and today is that day of the year where everyone is allowed to prepare it and eat it, without having a guilty conscience….or nearly! We already told you the controversial history of Tiramisu’ in a previous post (https://goo.gl/rnvMXk) so today we want to celebrate together with our friend Elena, who kindly gave us her mom’s Tiramisu’ recipe. Let’s go and meet Elena reading the following interview!

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24 Ottobre 2017

Today’s recipe of Pasta al Coccio is a typical Florentine fall recipe that we got from our sweet friend Alice (Geneve ) Let’s go meet her in the following interview and learn how to cook this recipe.

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June 22

Risotto with mushrooms by Silvia

Our Italian friend Silvia from New Zealand (very far from us! 🙂 ) sent us her version of mushroom risotto.

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May 19

Pasta (trofie) with pesto sauce by Massimo 

The recipe of this week is kindly offered by Massimo, an Italian friend (and cousin of one of us :-)) who lives in Houston together with his beautiful kids and his lovely wife.

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April 28 2017

Aubergine tower – torretta di melanzane by Matteo Fantacchiotti (Copenhagen / Denmark)

Our friend Matteo has shared with us a recipe inspired by the torretta di melanzane, a dish created by the renowned Italian chef Alfonso Iaccarino. If you want to taste the original, you can go to his restaurant Don Alfonso di Sant’Agata dei Due Golfi in the Amalfi Coast.

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February 3 2017

Pasta and chickpeas and ricotta by Elena Giorgi (New Mexico)

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This week we guest this taste recipe from our friend Elena, she is computational biologist with passion for the photography and for writing  www.elenaegiorgi.com

Do you want to introduce yourself, telling us where you are originally from and where you live at the moment?

I am a computational biologist currently living in New Mexico, one of the largest and yet least known United Stated of America. If you’ve never been to New Mexico, imagine the sceneries of one of Ennio Moriconi spaghetti westerns, add a few groves of ponderosa pines, and that’s pretty much where I live. It’s very beautiful, actually, so much so that the landscape got me hooked on photography.

Where are you originally from?

I grew up in Tuscany, which, everybody knows, is the most beautiful region in Italy. Haha, ok, just kidding, I know I can’t win that one. And, having married a Pugliese, I can’t even say that we have the best food in Italy either. We do, however, have a certain fame for our sarcasm … 🙂

Talking about food, what’s your favourite Italian recipe which you use to prepare often and easily?

The easiest to make for me is pesto. The kids love to bring pasta al pesto to school for lunch, and it’s the perfect summer potluck dish.

What product from Italy do you miss the most?

I really miss fresh cheese. Actually, back when we first moved to the US the thing we missed the most was bread. Back then they only head the dreaded “Bimbo” bread — that white, fluffy stuff that tastes like plastic. So we learned to make our own bread, but it never turned out crusty like “pane toscano”, my favorite. Now we actually get really good bread even in the small town where we live, and they even put it in a paper bag, not plastic! But I so miss some stracchino to spread on that bread, and fresh ricotta, and the real mozzarella, like i nodini, which one can only get in Puglia… le sigh.

About pasta ricotta e ceci
This is a Sicilian recipe that my maternal grandmother used to make. She never wrote down the recipe for me, so mine is a version from what I remember with a few personal additions (like the basil and the nutmeg). Nonna used to leave it a little liquidy and it was one of her favorite winter comfort foods. I actually discovered that it’s really tasty even cold as a summer pasta salad. So now I make it all year long. 🙂

February 24

Passatelli in broth by Giulia Babbi Bellini (Chile)

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Today it is the turn of our dear friend and talented photographer Giulia! We invite you to periodically take a look at new website Giulia is developing and working on: www.followingthenorthstar.com

March 24

Tordelli di Lucca by Elena Leoncioni (Japan)

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This week our Italian friend Elena, who lives in Tokyo, Japan, shares with us a tasty and traditional recipe from Lucca, a beautiful small town in Tuscany. If you are arranging a journey in Toscana don’t miss a stop there, even just to taste the tordelli di Lucca!