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Cooking Italian Style
What follows is a gallery of culinary horrors: Pasta dishes gone horribly wrong. They may look good, even tasty to you, but believe me, no true Italian would ever prepare, or even eat, a dish of pasta like the ones you are going to see.
Cooking pasta is quite simple. We already gave you the step by step guide to cooking true Italian pasta.
Cooking Italian Style
Italian cooking is all about fresh ingredients, locally grown and prepared simply.
From risotto and polenta, to pasta, gnocchi and of course, pizza, it always seems to taste so much better when in Italy. Albeit big distribution, supermarket and foreign markets make available fresh ingredients all year long, Italians know that a given food tastes great only in its season. Think about the elusive artichoke.
Italians are passionate about their food, and this love for all things scrumptious and delicious has permeated other cultures. Now many people wonder how to get their hands on original recipes of their favorite Italian dishes. The first problem is that there are no original recipes, because every region, city, and even family in Italy has their own version of popular standards. Worse still for those looking for written recipes, Italians tend to pass theirs down by teaching and word of mouth. Most Italians will tell you that it is impossible to faithfully follow a recipe, instead you have to learn how much is the perfect amount by trial and error. Italians usually work by eye, or a occhio, and you will often be told to use a pugno or handful of something like salt rather than a standard measurement like a cup.
Still, if it is a written recipe you want there are a few recommended cookbooks that offer instructions on classic Italian recipes.
Do you know where Carnia is in Friuli?
The mountainous territory of Carnia is the part of Friuli which stands astride the border between Austria and Slovenia. Due to its anguished history, often marked by the extreme poverty of my people, Friuli is extremely attached to its land. The Friulian people over the last centuries have therefore learnt what the land has to offer and to use it in the best possible way.
Milan in Italy is known for a lot of things. Thousands of tourists visit Milan each year to visit the numerous attractions in the city, to see the beautiful Piazzas, the ancient churches and cathedrals and to enjoy its marvelous cuisine. Known as the fashion capital of Italy, Milan is also a city that has plenty of good places to eat.
Florence has plenty of excellent places where you can get to taste some of the best varieties of both local and international cuisine. Along with the numerous food chains and fast food restaurants, there is plenty of dining choices for travelers in Florence, where they can relish some of the delicious foods in some of the best dining rooms.
BEST FASHIONABLE/TRENDY RESTAURANTS: MET
Located in the area of Ponte Milvio (Milvian Bridge ) is a crossroads of styles and trends and a hotspot for the trendsetters and jet set of Rome. MET alternates three colors, white, black and dark tones of brown tables with a minimalist design philosophy. The menu at MET deliberately offers a wide range of choice to meet the different tastes of its trendy clientele.
BAR: Not a U.S.-style bar. Those places that have U.S-style bars will advertise "American bar" - generally hotels. While you can buy beer, brandy, or other alcoholic beverages at Italian bars, the central feature is the espresso coffee machine. You can have a Caffe or Espresso (about Euro 70 ) or a Cappuccino for about Euro 80 cents to 1 Euro. Italians visit bars throughout the day, but especially in the morning when pastries are served with the coffee.
Yogurt is not quite as Italian as Pizza of course but I like to use it in my cooking. You can use plain yogurt in place of mayonnaise in salad dressings, you can even mixed it up in some pasta dishes or in a cucumber salad . It also goes well with rice and cooked tomatoes, but here I am getting closer to middle Eastern cooking rather than Italian. I personally like salmon sandwiches with yogurt instead of cream cheese . I prefer plain low-fat yogurt.
Most households in Italy reserve a meal or two for beans just as they include specific days for meat, pasta or fish. Beans play an essential role in Italian cookery and, consequently, they are grown throughout the country. From Sicily in the south to Piedmont and Veneto in the north, various regions produce different kinds of beans, all of which are enjoyed by the Italian culture. The subsequent article discusses some popular beans beloved by Italians as well as tips about their nutritional values and preparation.
These are the rules of thumb when choosing to prepare a basic Italian dish. If you happen to be a wizard in the kitchen and can design something incredible yourself, by all means do so. But we seem to have to apply to some strict rules - on the count that many pasta sauces have been distorted and badly jumbled.
Pasta's Not Topped with Cheese
Many times you may have fumbled through sites with Italian recipes, or asked a friend how to make an Italian dessert, or even bought an Italian cookbook with enough recipes to last you a lifetime or perhaps more. But have you ever wondered silently...what are the fundamentals of these recipes? Have you ever thought what makes them Italian, what they have in common, or what are the basic rules you need to know to stay within the guidelines of the Italian-style of cooking?
Many of us have a relatively intimate knowledge of Italian food and wines like lasagna, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Chianti wine. But when one takes a closer look, they'll find an abundance of delightful Italian delicacies with a variety of everyday uses. Take a virtual trip to Italy enjoying the tastes and textures of Italy's finest imports and culinary contributions.