History of Salami

Italian Salami

Salami is a type of cured sausage made from air-dried and fermented meat, usually pork. Because it can be kept at room temperature for up to 40 days after being cut, salami has historically been a favorite among Southern, Eastern, and Central European peasants to supplement a possibly scant or erratic supply … Read more

Where Did Pepperoni Originate?

Pepperoni

Are you curious what animal pepperoni is made from? Well, a mixture of beef and pork is typically used to make pepperoni. For added flavor and low-fat content, turkey has also been added in some instances to this mixture. One of the most widely used pizza toppings in the United States is … Read more

Basics of Wine Storage | Keeping Fine Wines Safe

Basics of Wine Storage - Keeping Fine Wines Safe

How long will this last? What is the life expectancy of red wine? Is it even possible for me to store opened red wine? These are the kinds of questions that every wine lover has had to ask themselves at some point in their lives. It was ordering and saving for me. … Read more

Desserts That Are Easy to Make for Your Next Picnic

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It’s officially picnic season, and no alfresco feast would be complete without a sweet treat at the end, whether it’s a hiking picnic, a large picnic gathering, or even a simple afternoon tea picnic. It could be a picnic for two or bringing the kids or a large gathering of family or … Read more

What to Serve with Tuscan Meat Sauce

classic italian bolognese sauce

Ragù di Carne is the traditional Italian meat sauce, and while there are many regional variations, this one has a Tuscan twist. It begins with most good Italian sauces, with an Italian soffritto—finely chopped carrot, celery, and onion sautéed in olive oil—which is similar to the French mirepoix. An authentic Italian-style ragù, … Read more

Bread to Use When Fixing an Italian Ham and Cheese Sandwich

a close up of a ham and cheese sandwich

While touring and traveling through the lovely country of Italy, you may notice the wide variety of Italian sandwich bread available.  When most folks think of Italian cuisine, they immediately think of various types of pizza and pasta.  However, Italy is also a bread-making country. Bread, like Italian pasta, is made in … Read more

How to Make Homemade Italian Wine

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Making wine at home is a dying art. Decades ago, most Italian immigrants living in the city’s Little Italy sections would expertly create their wines based on recipes left behind by their forefathers. Now, only a few families still make their wines, and sadly, many of the old-timers have passed away, and … Read more

Herbs to Add to Homemade Herbs and Cheese Bread

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Using a variety of herbs to flavor home-baked bread is a great way of adding flavor. There are many possibilities and inspiring recipes if you want to use up extra rosemary or basil before it loses flavor. When stocking your pantry, try to buy only items you know you’ll use. Herbs are … Read more