Recipes

A Tuscan Menu for Valentine’s Day

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February is the ‘month of love’ that can carry you to destinations far and wide; you can locate wonderful spots anywhere around the world that will offer you a ‘special’ during the month of February. Renting a luxurious villa and partaking of Tuscan food defines an ideal holiday vacation, especially for a “Valentine’s Day Getaway.” The North Tuscany Coast reports a very mild climate, grand Tuscan villas and wonderful restaurants along the beach. This is the idyllic region where the people profess adoration for ‘the day of lovers.’ Romance is in the air, the villas are magnificent and the Tuscan cuisine is delicious. What more could two lovers desire? A Tuscan Menu for Lovers: Tuscan foods titillate the senses and lovers find them to be...

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Capon Broth Cappelletti

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As Christmas is getting closer and closer, I imagine this recipe will be quite useful to those in search of an idea for their Holidays table. It is a typically Tuscan recipe. Capon broth is exquisite and can be used in multiple ways in your kitchen. It also has purifying properties, making of it an excellent first course without any additional ingredient. One common Tuscan way of using it, however, involves pasta and especially Cappelletti. This is a kind of filled pasta similar to tortellini for taste and consistency. As a matter of fact, Tortellini pasta is also often used. Cappelleti with capon broth is a first entry dish that usually follows a Tuscan crostini appetizer. It is a very inexpensive dish; children like it and is very healthy for them, as it does...

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Tomato Cardoons Recipe - Gobbi Rifatti

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I can’t believe how long it’s been since the last recipe! Reviewing my list of Tuscan recipes I see the last proper recipe I published was on October 28th about pasta with pumpkin and mushrooms. This fact calls for immediate publishing of one of my favorite recipes: cardoons with tomato sauce, which I prepared and ate just today. There are two or three variants to this recipe, and as usual one is lighter but less flavorful, the other is very tasty, but very heavy too. So I will go for the just middle and provide a recipe including some light frying only, but still plenty of taste. Cardoons are a winter vegetable typical of this season. It is in the same family of artichokes, but less bitter and more tender. These veggies have not much taste and...

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Of Tuscan Sweets, Saints, and Dear Extincts

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Today is the All Saints festivity, which is celebrated anywhere there is a Christian community. Italy and Tuscany are no different, and celebrate this day along with the rest of the world. However, the traditional sweets that you will eat in Tuscany during this time of the year are different from the rest of Italy and the world. During the month preceding this very day you can buy Pane coi Santi, Ossi di Morto and Fave Dolci anywhere in the region. These are the most popular Tuscan sweets associated with All Saints, but also with the following day, the Day of The Dead or All Souls Day. During this day it is customary to pay an extra visit to one’s dear extincts at the cemetery. The tomb is cleaned and tided up as much as it is possible and even relatives...

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Lunigiana Pasta with Pumpkin and Mushrooms

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During these days the territory of Lunigiana, altogether with ts neighboring Cinque Terre is living hard times due to the flash flood that covered large portion of land destoying all it encountered. This recipe is a way of celebrating Lunigiana through a typical dish of that area. Testaroli are made of a soft and thin bread prepared without yeast (unleavened), typical of the Lunigiana. Testaroli are probably the most famous dish of Lunigiana and are traditionally cooked in special pots of cast iron or clay also called “Testi” which give the name to the pasta. This is an easy recipe, provided you have your Testaroli ready from the shop! These ingredients are sufficient for 4 people Ingredients: 3 Testaroli, 1kilo of pumpkin, 30 grams of frozen sliced...

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The Perfect Tuscan Dinner

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Tuscany is known as much for its fantastic food as it is for its rich history. Tuscan cuisine emphasizes simple yet fresh ingredients and the result is some of the most fantastic and flavorful foods in the world. Here is one rendition of the perfect Tuscan meal: Antipasto – Tuscan Bruschetta A traditional Tuscan Bruschetta, or Fettunta, begins with thick slices of handmade bread grilled over a wood fire. Placed atop the bread is a delightful combination of chopped tomatoes, garlic, basil, and salt, made from the freshest Tuscan ingredients. However, no perfect Tuscan bruschetta would be complete without the region’s most famous product – olive oil. Tuscan olive growers take great pride and care in producing olive oil and their hard work is reflected in...

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