Ideas for a Tuscan Themed Party

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Tuscany is an Italian region that feels plucked from a storybook. It feels like you’ve stepped into the pages of a story, with its ancient stone towns peppering the rolling green hilltops, kilometers of well-tamed vineyards, towering cypress trees surging up into the bright sky, and extensive fields of cheery, yellow sunflowers. … 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

Bring a Little Bit of Tuscany to Your Home

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There is no more enchanting setting than the Italian countryside. We’re talking about breathtaking sunsets, miles of vineyards, and rustic stone villas that blend in with the landscape. The simplicity of Tuscan home design is as important as the strategic use of plaster, recycled wood, wrought iron, and space. Even if you … Read more

Foods to Include in a Tasting Party Menu

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Whether you enjoy gourmet olives, fine cheese, or Asian delicacies, chances are your friends will enjoy trying some of these foods. Host a tasting party so your friends can sample some of these delectable treats and broaden their palates to foods they’ve never eaten before. Tasting is not the same as eating. … Read more

Bread to Use When Fixing an Italian Ham and Cheese Sandwich

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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

Ina Garten’s Best Italian Recipes

Penne Alla Vecchia Bettola pasta

Everyone adores Ina Garten because she resurrects the joy, charm, and nostalgia of early-2000s cooking television. She’s friendly, funny, and, most importantly, teaches novices how to cook delicious food! Pasta and the Barefoot Contessa go together like peanut butter and jelly. They’re both timeless, effortless, and always available to you. Pasta is … Read more