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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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Polenta

Cucina Conversations

Benvenuti to this year’s first Cucina Conversations post and the first “basics” post of the year! It’s been a long while since I posted a “basics” post, so I’m glad to be sharing another Italian staple recipe again. This month, we have chosen comfort food as our topic and my contribution is one of my favorites: polenta. Although comfort food is often associated with the colder months of the year, it truly doesn’t have a season, and the dishes that encompass this category are different for everyone, which makes this topic a particular favorite of mine. I enjoy learning what other people consider their comfort […]

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Blood Orange Scented Cornmeal Cake

blood orange scented polenta cake

Buon anno, friends! It’s lovely to be back here writing after a much-needed break. I came back from Italy rested and refreshed. I also came home to all the things to catch up on, so it’s taken me longer to get back to blogging. I can’t believe it’s already the end of January! Now that I’m (mostly) caught up, I’ve been able to spend more time researching recipes to share here in the new year and I am excited to get cooking and writing. I love how travel gets my creative juices flowing, and after every trip to Italy, I not […]

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Sweet and Sour Cipolline

sweet and sour cipolline

The joke in my family was that I must have been born with a stainless steel stomach. Ever since I can remember, I have always loved the sharp tang of acidic foods. I would splash extra red wine vinegar on my salad, eat giardiniera with abandon, dollop an extra spoonful of my nonna Ada’s homemade horseradish sauce on top of her bollito misto, and squeeze extra lemon juice on top of chicken cutlets alla milanese. The more lip-puckering or sinus-clearing, the better. From the time I was little, I was always fed flavorful, well-seasoned food–there was no shying away from feeding the kids in the family strongly flavored […]

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Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli

My paternal nonna Ada used to make the best pasta e fagioli. I grew up hearing it pronounced more frequently as pasta e fasoi, since the Venetian dialect is what nonna Ada and nonno “Gigi” spoke with each other and their friends in their tiny village of Lovadina di Spresiano, where most of my summers were spent as a child. Nonna Ada was an urban homesteader long before the term was invented. She tended an enormous garden that ran the perimeter of a huge back yard. She grew a dizzying amount of vegetables, her plants prolific and her yields abundant. I wish I could remember if she grew the beans that […]

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