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Apple Torta Sbrisolona

apple torta sbrisolona

Welcome to the October installment of Cucina Conversations! This month, we are talking about the Catholic feast day of Ognissanti (All Saint’s Day), which is celebrated on November 1st. The origins of Ognissanti date back to May 609 AD, when Pope Boniface IV formally established the feast day by consecrating Rome’s Pantheon (formerly a pagan temple) into a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the martyrs. He also established il giorno dei morti (All Soul’s Day) to follow the day after Ognissanti. It wasn’t until the mid-eighteenth century that the dates of both feast days were changed to November 1st and 2nd by Pope Gregory III, and Ognissanti became […]

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Ciambelline al Vino

ciambelline al vino

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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Tropea Onion Jam

onion jam

Last month, my fellow food blogging friend Domenica Marchetti sent me a copy of her newest cookbook, Preserving Italy: Canning, Curing, Infusing, and Bottling Italian Flavors and Traditions (grazie, Domenica!). My kitchen bookshelf is lined with all of Domenica’s cookbooks and I’m thrilled to add her latest one right next to the others. I haven’t been able to put it down since I received it. Domenica is the author of six cookbooks on Italian cooking, including The Glorious Pasta of Italy and Rustic Italian (two of my favorites). Preserving Italy is her seventh cookbook and it has become another one of my favorites. Among the many cookbooks about canning […]

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Chickpea Flatbread

chickpea flatbread

Emiko Davies’ Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence arrived in my mailbox earlier this year after much anticipation. I have enjoyed Emiko’s blog for several years, and I look forward to her informative articles about Italian food, history, and culture on Food 52. She also writes a food column for the Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera and did a video interview for the publication’s Le Donne del Cibo series. Her Instagram feed is one of my favorites for its gorgeous captures of her daily life in Tuscany, her travels, her food photos, and her adorable daughter whom I’m convinced is one of the cutest kids on Instagram. Over […]

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Ricotta and Lemon Ciambellone

ricotta and lemon ciambellone

I’ve recently added several wonderful Italian cookbooks to my ever-growing cookbook shelves. One of the first cookbooks I bought for myself this year was Rachel Roddy’s My Kitchen in Rome: Recipes and Notes on Italian Cooking. I pre-ordered it as soon as it was available and then waited eagerly for what seemed like an eternity, but the wait was well worth it. I’ve been reading Rachel’s blog for several years and am also a faithful reader of her new weekly column in The Guardian. Her photos on Instagram are some of my favorites, particularly those of her now very famous sink, which is often […]

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