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Focaccia Veneta

focaccia veneta

Welcome to the April edition of Cucina Conversations! We’re sharing our recipes a little early this month so you can see what we have cooked and baked for our upcoming Easter celebrations. Like Christmas, Easter is one of my favorite holidays of the year for both its religious significance and the food traditions. I am thoroughly enjoying researching and learning the recipes of my northern Italian heritage, so for this month’s post I’m sharing a recipe for focaccia veneta, a yeasted sweet bread typical to the region of the Veneto. In the Venetian dialect, this bread is known as fugassa or fugassin. This is a […]

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Spinach Torta Rustica

spinach torta rustica

Welcome to the March edition of Cucina Conversations! Last month, we shared indulgent recipes to celebrate during the weeks of carnevale. This month, the bloggers of Cucina Conversations are bringing you recipes from Italy’s cucina magra (the lean kitchen), vegetarian recipes that can be eaten during the current period of la quaresima, the forty days of Lent. One of the important aspects of this period in the Christian liturgical calendar is adherence to certain dietary rules which include fasting and abstaining from eating meat every Friday of Lent (only fish is allowed). My contribution for this month’s topic is a spinach torta rustica (rustic spinach pie), which in Italian […]

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Frittelle di Zucchine

frittelle di zucchine

A few weekends ago, we had our good friends Susie and David over for dinner. To accompany a few glasses of refreshing Aperol spritz’s, I made these frittelle di zucchine (zucchini fritters) for our appetizer. They are on heavy rotation in my kitchen for a variety of reasons: I can always find beautiful zucchine at the grocery store, and they are delicious left over and make a great snack or light lunch. The recipe for these frittelle comes from Lidia Bastianich’s newest cookbook, Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine. You can never go wrong with any of Lidia’s recipes. Frittelle are part of Italy’s fritto misto (mixed fry) in which […]

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Pizza di Pasqua

Pizza di Pasqua

Today is Pasquetta (“little Easter”) in Italy, a national holiday and a day that Italians take to spend with family and friends to celebrate the beginning of spring. Italians have a saying they like to invoke at Easter and on Pasquetta: “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi.” (“Christmas with your family, Easter with whomever you want.”). The saying sounds much better in Italian (particularly because it rhymes) and it reflects the more casual nature of the day after Easter when Italians go on outings to parks or the countryside to enjoy a day of fun and leisure. Packing a picnic for a day spent […]

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Marinated Zucchini

Marinated Zucchini

I know it’s a little early to be posting a recipe using a summer ingredient, but I couldn’t help but get a head start on lighter recipes for the upcoming warmer weather (which will no doubt, be upon us very soon here in Texas). And, for as much as I try to keep my produce choices consistent with their growing season, after reading this article, I don’t feel so self-conscious about buying zucchini in February when I’m craving this dish. Marinated zucchini, which is more of a technique than a strict recipe, came to Rome in the late 1400’s, when Jews living in […]

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