4 Low-Cost Foods for Everyday Italian Cooking Popular in Food & Drink I have to admit I have a few pet peeves when it comes to cooking Italian food at home. My biggest issue is with the claim that good Italian food costs too much and is time consuming to prepare. I say "Nonsense!" and counter with a story near and dear to my heart: namely, my Italian parents' food odysey upon arriving in the United States in the 1970s. Eventually, however, enough Italians immigrated to our region of the United States, and prices for Italian specialty foods came down. The solution to cooking great Italian at home isn't complex; it's centered on knowing which ingredients to buy, which dishes to prepare, and how to most effectively spend time in the kitchen. Pasta I'm sure you expected this; it's at the heart of Italian cooking. Beans for Soup Our Italian family consumes soup two times per week at least, and we refer to soup as our secret "diet food;" that is to say, it's incredibly tasty, satisfying, and low calorie. Bread
chaos in the kitchen 5 Best baking blogs I don't know about you, but I would choose baking a cake over cooking dinner any day. To help me come up with fresh ideas, I refer to these five baking blogs — all updated almost daily — for inspiration, and I hope you will, too! As a baker, it can be difficult coming up with new and unique ideas when the mood for something sweet strikes. As good as Funfetti cake from a box is, even that gets old. We love the catchy name of her blog — Bakerella — and all the delicious treats and recipes she shares. Heather — author of SprinkleBakes — comes from a background of fine arts and painting, and you can tell she lets her creativity shine throughout all of her recipes. A personal favorite, Lovin' From the Oven, is a blog not just of baked goods, but of easy delicious meals, too! Joy the Baker has been blogging for more than five years now, so her recipe index is full — and we love it! Michelle of Brown Eyed Baker says it's perfectly acceptable to eat dessert first, and we couldn't agree more!
Anna Tasca Lanza Italian and Sicilian Cooking Courses 5 Day Course | 3 Day Course | Overnight Stay | Lesson & Lunch Regaleali-Tasca d’Almerita is one of the most important wine-producing estates in Sicily. Most of the food that appears on its tables is produced on the farm: poultry, lamb, sheep’s milk cheese, wheat, olive oil, vegetables and fruit. Courses are held in the fall – late September, October an early November – and in the spring – March, April and May. Regaleali is located in the “Heart of Sicily”, about one-and-a-half hours’ drive from Palermo. Traditional The course is designed for visitors to Sicily who would like to enjoy a very relaxed week cooking and tasting new recipes and foods and, above all, drinking good wines in the company of Anna and her family. Starts on Monday afternoon and finishes Saturday after breakfast. Food & Culture The course is designed for those who want a full immersion in Sicilian cuisine, not only through lessons but also through visits to the island culinary festivities.
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Caramallow Cupcakes + a Delicious-in-Focus Contest Your fingers are destined to be sticky. You need to come to terms with the fact that there will be frosting on your nose. There’s an 87.5% chance you will have moist, chocolatey crumbs on your cheeks. And probably down your shirt. A dribble of caramel on your chin? But, hoo boy, will it be worth it. Dark chocolate cake. In short, I captured happiness and embodied it in a cupcake. I call them “caramallow” cupcakes. The magic starts with scrumptious cocoa-buttermilk cupcakes – the ones your ears are tired of hearing me wax poetic about. They’re so easy – no creaming butter and sugar, just dry ingredients beaten together with wet ingredients. The batter is very runny – I find the easiest method to portion it out is to transfer it from the mixing bowl into a large measuring cup with a spout. Don’t fill them more than 2/3 or they will overflow in the oven. While the cupcakes are cooling, you make a caramel. In go some cream and butter, et voila! It’s like eating a cloud. The best part? 1. Prep time:
Easy Italian Cooking Wilde in the Kitchen Homemade Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix I love to make homemade food gifts for the holidays. Last year I made some delicious Christmas Spice Tea Mix. I gave it as gifts to my co-workers, and they all loved it. I bought the jars at World Market for $1.50 each. Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix(Printable Recipe) 6 oz candy canes, finely crushed in food processor 2 1/2 cups dry milk 1 cup dutch process cocoa (can use Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder) 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1 Tbsp corn starch Mix together and pour in jars. To make hot chocolate: combine 1/3 cup of mix with 1 cup of hot water or milk. Rustico Cooking - Italian Cheeses Focaccine Calde con Finocchio e Mozzarella Piccante Roasted Fennel & Spiced Mozzarella Panini Store-bought focaccia will work, but why not try our foolproof focaccia recipe for this succulent panino? For the fennel: 1 large fennel bulb, quartered, trimmed, cored, and thinly sliced 2 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper For the panini: 4 small focaccia breads, split horizontally, or 1 large focaccia, cut into 4 equal pieces and split horizontally1/4 cup black olive paste1/2 pound fresh Mozzarella (preferably di Bufala), thinly sliced 1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon Aleppo pepper or chili flakes Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (preferably set on convection bake). Make the fennel: Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil and drop in the fennel. Toss with the olive oil, Parmigiano, and pepper. Make the panini: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cavatelli con Ricotta, Pomodorini e Basilico For the sauce: