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Month: March 2016

Beef Agnolotti with Creamy Mushroom Sauce (a dinner reboot)

Beef Agnolotti with Creamy Mushroom Sauce (a dinner reboot)

Agnolotti (“an-yo-lot-ti”)┬áis a filled pasta from the Piedmont region that is traditionally stuffed with roasted meats or vegetables. While it can be square shaped, like ravioli, it is usually a crescent shaped pasta. “Agnolotti al Plin” is the name if the pasta is pinched at […]

Braised Beef Ribs in Porcini and Morel Mushroom Sauce

Braised Beef Ribs in Porcini and Morel Mushroom Sauce

Beef ribs are great for slow cooking. This recipe is a great one for a cold winter day and can be done either in the oven or in a slow cooker. You can prep all the vegetables the night before and make it in the […]

Ruzzolone! This is Why Cheese Comes in Wheels!

Ruzzolone! This is Why Cheese Comes in Wheels!

In Italy, surprisingly, Good Friday is not a holiday, but business as usual. Easter Sunday (Pasqua) and Monday are the big days with Easter Monday (Pasquetta – “little Easter”) being the holiday. This is good to keep in mind if you’re in Italy for Easter […]

#AperolSpritzLove

#AperolSpritzLove

  Ordering an Aperol Spritz always seems to start a trend. People see these fabulous orange drinks going by and they unleash their inner “When Harry Met Sally” and say, “I want what she’s having”! In honour of the anniversary of Risorgimento, (Italian Unification – […]

A Wicked Drink

A Wicked Drink

In honour of St. Patrick’s Day and the soon-to-be arrival of spring. I was out in Calgary for the weekend to see Pete (and to make a lot of chili for our annual Super Bowl party). We had finished grocery shopping and Pete wanted to […]

Palio dei Somari!

Palio dei Somari!

Most people have heard of Il Palio, the extremely famous horse race which is held in Siena every year on July 2 and August 16. Very few people of heard of Il Palio dei Somari, held every year in Torrita di Siena. Il Palio dei […]

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring Salad

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring Salad

Finocchio (fennel) is a vegetable that I do associate with Italy. Italians use every part of the fennel. Fennel stays pretty crunchy so it can be used in salads (even staying crunchy the next day), and can stand up to being roasted or grilled. The […]