Beef Agnolotti with Creamy Mushroom Sauce (a dinner reboot)

Agnolotti (“an-yo-lot-ti”) is 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 the end to form a little circle (think tortellini). Filled… Continue reading Beef Agnolotti with Creamy Mushroom Sauce (a dinner reboot)

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 morning in the slow cooker for a dinner you will… Continue reading Braised Beef Ribs in Porcini and Morel Mushroom Sauce

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 as grocery stores are closed Easter Monday. This also means… Continue reading Ruzzolone! This is Why Cheese Comes in Wheels!

#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 – March 17, 1861) and the start of spring; this is… Continue reading #AperolSpritzLove

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 show me one of his new favourite stores. He took… Continue reading A Wicked Drink

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 Somari is a donkey race. Yes, you read that right.… Continue reading Palio dei Somari!

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 dried seeds are used for to spice porchetta. Upset stomach?… Continue reading Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring Salad