Spice and ginger square cookies

biscotti allo zenzero

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I’ve already told you that the sweet side of this Christmas is that it will be full of spices and ginger. I know that maybe it’s not very original, but I cannot disregard my “food inclinations” especially for Christmas! In the light of results, no regrets at all!  Continua a leggere

Sweet bread men (Grittibanz)

sweet bread men

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Christmas approaches, and being the child I am, I’m counting downs the days (- 13). Since I’ve been using ginger everywhere else, I decided not to perform the classic “gingerbread” but “breadmen” as sweet and fun as the others. “My men” come from Germany and Switzerland (German canton) and they are prepared in occasion of the feast of St. Nicholas, December 6th, I’m quite late posting them now, but I was waiting to be in my hometown with my family in order to have the perfect atmosphere. Continua a leggere

Saffron tagliatelle with sausage crumble on butternut cream.

saffron tagliatelle

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I wouldn’t define myself as an expert on Abruzzo region. I’m not proud of this lack, but, willing or not, it’s the truth.The “information” I have is less than the things I had the chance to imagine through the tales of my two dear friends. Super funny stories and amusing anecdotes that made me laugh, as well as all our friends and the friends of the friends. It is clear that the idea I have of Abruzzo is really positive. Continua a leggere

Upside-down pear and candied ginger cake

pear and candied ginger christmas cake

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My Christmas will be under the sign of spices and ginger, just to make it clear. I have been thinking about Christmas recipes for a longtime, but actually everything I feel like making (and eating) smell like cinnamon, nutmeg and any other spices as long as they are well matched with ginger. Continua a leggere

Polenta bread

pane di mais

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One of the things that is really important to me is to not waste food or any ingredients. You should know that the pantry of my kitchen is “much glued” to each other and very deep. That’s why it’s pretty easy that some ingredients could end up at the bottom of each shelf, isolated in a dark corner. Continua a leggere

Bread pudding with salt caramel

bread pudding

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Do you really need to hear something about this recipe? I remind you that this is bread pudding with salted caramel, and that the bread is a pain brioche. My words are superfluous, I guess, so let me just say, “Try it!”. I can guarantee you that, when the bread meets the flavor of the salted caramel, all your concerns, or eventually, your bad mood, will be an old memory, at least for a few minutes.  Continua a leggere

My grandmother’s butternut squash “parmigiana”

parmigiana di zucca e pinoli

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Do you remember my grandmother who buys lemons flat out? Besides consuming a lot of lemons, she also is a great cook. At the age of almost 90 she is still able to put the whole family at the table. Continua a leggere