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The traditional Italian cuisine incorporates a wide variety of vegetables, meats, and cheeses. However, only a few dishes can be found in each region in Italy. Each region has its own specialty dishes which can only be found in that area.

  • Biga is an Italian Preferment

    Biga

    Tyler

    To Biga-n (‘begin’), welcome to the world of preferments. If you are entirely unaware of what a preferment is, think back to that funny gas the dentist used last time you were at the dentist. Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is that fancy chemical used in cars to give Brian O’Conner a smashing failure in Fast and Furious. Each preferment has its own flavor, both unique and incredibly useful. A preferment, like a biga, can turn your dough from a sewer turtle to a teenage mutant, crime fighting, ninja turtle (in a manner of speaking if your bread does turn into a giant…

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  • Make Fettuccine Alfredo

    Fettuccine Alfredo

    Tyler

    Ok, I know what your thinking. I mean, why would an Italian foodie say anything about a dish that isn’t truly Italian? Well, before I say anything at all I really need to type something up (forgive me for this little rant, but I feel fully justified in what I’m about to say). Fettucine Alfredo is an incredibly difficult dish to find in Italy. During the two years I lived in Italy, I couldn’t find a single Italian that had eaten the dish outside of the United States. Fettuccine Alfredo is about as common as spaghetti and meatballs (mind blown). As an…

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  • Basil Pesto (Pesto Genovese) - Step 4 - Basil Pesto in Pasta

    Basil Pesto (Pesto alla Genovese)

    Tyler

    Basil pesto or pesto alla Genovese is an incredible way to transform a pasta. I can’t really describe how awesome this is. Let me list the ways that make basil pesto is simply wonderful! Actually just imagine this… You come back from work late (maybe you got back from to work late) and you need to make a quick meal. You realize that you forgot to go to the store, but luckily for you have basil pesto in your fridge/freezer. It’s late and you don’t want to spend the time it will take to cook a full three-course meal, so…

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  • An Italian Juice called Ace: Carrot, Orange, Lemon

    Ace: An Italian Juice

    Tyler

    ACE this is by far my favorite Italian drink. Oh, my goodness, gracious! This is so good that, well… I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but during the two years I lived in Italy I spent an embarrassing amount of money on ACE. I bought 1 liter (or so) every week for two years. With 52 weeks in a year and 1 liter per week, I drank 104 liters (27.5 gallons). That’s almost like taking two 8 minute showers in this delicious fruit juice drink!! (I’m not sure why I included that link. But in case you are wondering…

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  • Carbonara - Step 4 - Final Product 2

    Classic (Sicilian) Carbonara

    Tyler

    I woke up this morning feeling like bacon. Suffice it to say I was extremely disappointed when I opened my fridge. So, I came up with another plan. This afternoon I ran to the store and bought some. I came back and in minutes whipped together this delicious carbonara. Let me quickly pause here to say that this is Sicilian not the original Laziale (someone from Lazio). In Sicily, you’ll find cream. The original carbonara [up in Lazio] does not include cream. Many Italians have told me that adding cream is an abomination, but then every Italian who said that came…

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  • Homemade Grapefruit Gelato

    Homemade Grapefruit Gelato

    Tyler

    Happy Halloween!!! The other day I opened my freezer in search of a snack (ice cream) but couldn’t find one (I’m sure you’ve had the same experience). To remedy future treasure hunts I decided to make a delicious treat I know you’ll love: Gelato! Now, it may just be me but gelato is amazing. I’m sure you will be amazed as I was at how simple of a treat it is to make!   Everywhere you go in Italy you can find it and eat it. In Sicily, you might put it inside a brioche (I ate the one in…

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