Schwarzplententorte – Buckwheat Cake with Jam

This is a traditional “mountain cake” recipe typical of Südtirol, the northern area of Trentino Alto Adige region, in Italy. “Schwarzplententorte” is the name used in the German speaking villages (schwarzplentenmehl means buckwheat in the local German dialects, other German names for this flour are buchweizenmehl or hadnmehl), but in the villages where people speak…

Lasagne with Grilled Eggplants and Ricotta

Finally there are a lot of good eggplants now…I use to wait this season to prepare one of my favorite recipes: Parmigiana di melanzane 🙂 But I try to fry as less as possible, so I’m not doing it so often 🙂 This is a very good alternative, the grilled eggplants are lighter than the…

Cannelloni with Ricotta and Spinach

This is another very popular recipe in Italy 🙂 It takes a while to make it, but it’s quite simple and not difficult at all. Remember to buy enough spinach, because once you cook/boil them, very little remains 🙂 Once again, instead of ricotta I used an artisanal Orda, which is very similar and it’s…

Arrotolato di Coniglio – Stuffed Rabbit

I know that in some countries eating rabbit is not well seen, but in some other countries like mine it is a traditional food, so it’s normal. And I think it’s very good 🙂 In my family, in Italy, we always had rabbits, so I grew up eating it quite often. And I’m happy that…

Agnolotti al Brasato – Pasta Filled with Braised Beef

Christmas arrived and like every year  I love to prepare the traditional good recipes of this feast 🙂 since I’m Italian I do Italian recipes, usually the ones of my area of origin, but from north to south in Italy there are countless traditional recipes for Christmas so sometimes I like to pick also recipes…

Quiche with Romanesco Broccoli

Few days ago I went to my usual vegetable store and I was surprised to find a Romanesco broccoli also here 🙂 It’s a very beautiful vegetable, and it’s also healthy because is rich with antioxidants and C-vitamin. It’s part of the same family of the cauliflower, but it has a more delicate flavor. Usually…

Biscotti di Prato – a.k.a. Cantuccini**

I’m sure that many of you heard about these famous Tuscan biscuits 🙂 and probably most of you heard about the word “Cantuccini” more often than “biscotti di Prato”. **Actually the title it’s not completely right because they are not exactly the same, and here I would like to talk a bit about their history…

Pappardelle with Porcini

This is another wonderful ingredient of this season 🙂 I love porcini and I love all the wild mushrooms in general. I was lucky to grow up in a family in the Italian countryside, by the mountains, so my father and uncles always picked up wild mushrooms (and in the last 2 days my father…