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Frìtole Veneziane

Cucina Conversations

Buon martedì grasso and welcome to the February edition of Cucina Conversations! Today is Fat Tuesday, the last day for Christians worldwide to indulge before the lean forty days of Lent. Martedì grasso is also the final day of carnevale season. This month, the bloggers of Cucina Conversations are telling you about the variety of traditional foods prepared and eaten during the three weeks of carnevale. To commemorate my recent trip to the Veneto and my northern Italian heritage, I made frìtole veneziane–known in the Venetian dialect as frìtoe venessiane– a yeasted sweet fritter laced with liquor-soaked raisins and fragrant pine nuts, and coated abundantly in granulated sugar. Frìtole are considered an institution of the carnevale […]

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Occhi di Bue

occhi di bue

Happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate, I made occhi di bue, one of my favorite Italian cookies. They are a simple sandwich-style cookie made of pasta frolla typically cut into a circle with a thin slip of fruit preserves, fruit curd, or Nutella spread in between. The top half of every cookie has a smaller circle cut out so the filling is visible. Every Italian pasticceria (pastry shop) or biscottificio (cookie shop) will almost always have occhi di bue behind their impeccably clean glass counters, lined with tray after tray of beautifully presented cookies, crostate, cakes, and pastries. We spent the last day of our […]

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Cannellini All’Olio

Cucina Conversations

Welcome to November’s Cucina Conversations post! This month, we are sharing recipes that feature olive oil as the star ingredient. November in Italy marks the start of la raccolta delle olive (the olive harvest). Olive trees were first cultivated in ancient Greece and have been providing civilization with the benefits of their oil for over four thousand years. The oil was used not only for nourishment, but for medicinal purposes and as a lighting source. In the 3rd century AD, olive oil became an important commodity of the Roman empire where it was traded throughout the Mediterranean. After the fall of the Roman […]

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Ciambelline al Vino

Cucina Conversations

Benvenuti to Cucina Conversations! I’m thrilled to welcome you to this new feature on Flavia’s Flavors. A few months ago, I was invited by a new food blogging friend, Rosemarie of the blog Turin Mamma, to join her and several other food bloggers in forming a virtual roundtable with the goal of presenting our readers with a monthly post centered around a specific theme based on Italy’s seasonal, cultural, or religious calendars. We are a group of seven women from around the globe, passionate about the food of Italy, its origins and recipes. Cucina Conversations is a collaborative project which makes […]

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Earthquake in Central Italy Virtual Sagra

central italy earthquake

Buon giorno Friends, By now, you have read the headlines and seen pictures of the devastation from the earthquake that hit central Italy on the morning of August 24th. I have spent the better part of the last few days reading both Italian and American news websites to stay up to date on the latest developments, and the news keeps getting more heartbreaking as the death toll continues to rise, pictures and stories of the victims emerge, and aftershocks persist. The mountain towns of Amatrice, Accumoli (both in Lazio), Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto (both in in Le Marche) […]

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