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Panettone or Pandoro: An Italian Christmas Dilemma
Wednesday, October 16TH, 2013 by Anna De Filippo
Panettone or Pandoro: An Italian Christmas Dilemma Christmas is just around the corner and, where Italians are concerned, food is one of the main components in the festivities. There are many traditional products eaten by Italians during the Christmas season, and two of the most famous are the pandoro and the panettone. Pandoro The pandoro is a traditional Christmas cake made with flour, butter and eggs, which was originally produced in Verona. Verona is not only the town where the first pandoro was made, but remains the place most associated with this delicious creation. It is important to...
Italian Food Products
Tuesday, May 22TH, 2012 by admin
I have lived in the U.S. for many years now, but still maintain good contact with Italy since I spend about three months a year there. Over the years one of the things I missed most when I was back on the North American side of the pond is the lack of authentic Italian food. More recently, however, there has been a better selection of good Italian products more readily available in the United States. Here are just some of the products, found at Costco, that are Italian or enjoyed in Italy:       Cello Aged Parmesan Kirkland select Balsamic Vinegar is excellent. The same goes for the...
Best Olive oil in the US ?
Friday, March 25TH, 2011 by ancos
Study Shows That U.S. Extra Virgin Olive Oil Might Actually Be Better Than Some Italian Brands The ancient Greek poet Homer once referred to olive oil as "liquid gold," not surprising considering that it has been a staple of the Mediterranean diet for centuries. In the last decade or so, using olive oil instead of other types of oil and butter has become increasingly popular across the globe, including in the United States. The reasons for this rise in popularity are many: foremost is the fact that olive oil is far healthier than other types of vegetable and hydrogenated oils, butter, and...
Italian food products
Saturday, January 01TH, 2011 by admin
Italian Food Products Farfalle - Butterfly Pasta What is risotto and why is it different from your average rice dish?   Italy has more than its share of world-class food products. Truffles, cheeses, sausages, hams and much more, all core elements to Italy’s famous cuisine. But what actually are these, other than delicious sounding foods? How are they prepared? When are they traditionally eaten in Italy? From what region do they hail from? What are the best Italian dishes or hams? And where can you find them?   Whether you are embarking in a food tasting tour of Italy and want to plan...
Pecorino Cheese
Tuesday, November 23TH, 2010 by fay henson
Preparing Pecorino Cheese: Ulisse demonstrating I have often wondered how the Pecorino cheese was actually produced, and took the opportunity of joining a slow food tour organised by Lucia Norrito, for a personal insight at a small family-run farm situated between Pienza and Montepulciano, Tuscany. I learnt also, that this is no ordinary farming family, but a family who, 20 years ago, came to Tuscany from Switzerland to commence a new life in organic farming. It was by no means easy. But eventually, after battling through the necessary paperwork required, they have achieved their goals...
Italian Chocolate
Monday, November 01TH, 2010 by Pola
Chocolate, the food of the gods, has been known for ages as the panacea for all that ails mankind. In the past, studies have suggested that those who eat chocolate may live up to a year longer than those who don't. More recent studies seem to confirm what many of us have long known to be true--chocolate does have healing powers! This particular study showed that chocoholics live longer than chocolate abstainers, thanks to the cocoa's cholesterol-battling antioxidants that are said to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, puts you in a good mood...
Italian chocolate
Monday, November 01TH, 2010 by Pola
Friday, December 05TH, 2008 by admin
Salumi is not a term that is heard often outside Italy, yet many of these products are found in specialty shops, Italian delicatessens and are used by cooks the world over. Some examples, like Prosciutto need no introduction while others are not usually seen outside the mother country. Salumi is a large family of high-quality cured meats that go beyond Italy's famous hams, lending their flavors to terrific appetizers as well as main courses. Salumeria ( Salumi shop ) Salumi is often confused with other Italian meat products known as Salami. Salumi is the product family that includes salami...
The Rarest Tuscan Cheese
Monday, November 10TH, 2008 by admin
In a town nestled in a thickly wooded valley on a volcanic slope in southern Tuscany you may be able to discover what is certainly Italy’s most closely-guarded culinary secret, a rare cheese made from pig’s milk called Porcorino (Porcherino in the local dialect). Shaped into firm, exquisite rounds only an inch or two in diameter, produced in small quantities almost exclusively for local use for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years, some food scholars have speculated that one of the objects on the table in Da Vinci’s famous fresco of The Last Supper in Milan, is in fact a round of this...
White Truffles from Alba
Thursday, August 14TH, 2008 by admin
White Truffle The white truffle might smell like earth, tree roots and old cheese, but this gastronomical object of desire, from Italy's Piedmont region, is very famous for its aroma, taste and aphrodisiac qualities. For centuries people have travelled from near and far just to savor a little piece. It is a gastronomical jewel only to be experienced at its fullest intensity in Alba, Italy. In the Piemontese dialect they are called trifola d'Alba (the white truffle of Alba), and known by its scientific name as Tuber Magnatum Pico. From September until December the white truffle is harvested...