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Bucciotto, a cheese-bread doll for Easter

Easter in Umbria is not for those with a delicate constitution. A cheese-egg-meat-wine-chocolate binge starts at 9 am on Easter Sunday with breakfast and ends into a food induced coma sometime at 5 pm. By then, some of the aunties are passing around giant mounds of broken chocolate eggs and slices of colomba just in… Continue reading Bucciotto, a cheese-bread doll for Easter

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the secret to make better pizza is to understand your flour

Pizza night in this house never goes unnoticed. The event has been planned in advance. Most likely we have just been on a hunt for a batch of good flour or other interesting ingredients. The kitchen is populated by notebook pages scribbled with the last method I’ll be  testing after much study and deliberation. The dough has… Continue reading the secret to make better pizza is to understand your flour

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gluten free bruschetta bread (new and easier version!)

Developing this recipe has been very difficult. And slow. And sometime a little discouraging. It often happens with gluten free cooking, you probably already know it. I have started to experiment with gluten-free flours sometime in 2011 and to try to make GF bread about 2 years later. In September 2013, I got the first… Continue reading gluten free bruschetta bread (new and easier version!)

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Traditional Italian Easter dove bread

COLOMBA PASQUALE FATTA IN CASA. You may not be the most beautiful dove but you have a sweet, buttery heart. You may not be not the softest but I have made you with stone-ground artisan flour, organic sugar and eggs, homemade candied orange peel and only 1/4 teaspoon yeast. I’ve made you with love and all the necessary… Continue reading Traditional Italian Easter dove bread

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savory cauliflower crostata

Does cauliflower count for detox? That’s what we are supposed to do for at least one week in January, isn’t it? Have you done the salad treatment and figured it’s bad for you since there’s a foot of snow outside? It’s too cold for self-inflicted punishment. I am so glad is not bikini time yet.… Continue reading savory cauliflower crostata

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Sicilian pidoni: small calzoni with curly endive

PIDONI FRITTI ALLA MESSINESE. The Pitoni or Pidoni are parcels of a pizza-like dough, stuffed with curly endive, mozzarella and a tiny bit of anchovy. Not dissimilar to calzoni but fried, they are a typical and most appreciated dish from Messina. In Sicily, you can find them in the friggitorie, the Italian equivalent of fish… Continue reading Sicilian pidoni: small calzoni with curly endive

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sour-cherry braided brioche

KFP6FY6BC53D I live the strange life of innkeepers, having my Sundays all together in a single dose and enjoying rest and relaxation when the  world seems to be most busy, in the winter. Working 7 or 8 months in a row with no breaks has its disadvantages. However, we also get to have longer holidays… Continue reading sour-cherry braided brioche