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Panettone vs. Pandoro

Panettone vs. Pandoro

So why the debate between the two unique cakes? Can't we like them both? Of course, nothing is straightforward in Italy, and Italians love an opportunity for a little innocent debate! Those with a simpler palette tend to gravitate towards Pandoro, while nearly 50% of the Italian population selects Panettone as the ultimate holiday dessert hero. Contrary to popular tastes and preferences, I choose both! 

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Leslie's Kitchen: Traditional Split Pea Soup

Leslie's Kitchen: Traditional Split Pea Soup

"So what was her secret to delicious split pea soup? The hock! A meaty ham hock is key for delicious split pea soup.

Serve it as a side dish or make it in to a full meal with a side salad and crusty sourdough bread with little bit of creamy butter."

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Colazione Italiana

Colazione Italiana

Italian breakfast at the bar is a daily habit for many people in Italy and has become my favorite morning ritual. From the smells and chatter to the sound of porcelain espresso cups clinking together, the minute my alarm goes off, I am headed to my bar of choice to get my morning breakfast fix and soak in each second of my vita italiana

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Sundays in the Mediterranean

Sundays in the Mediterranean

Everyone has their Sunday traditions. When the last day of the week rolls in, it is a chance to reset, recharge as well as relax before Monday returns us to the daily grind. Across the Mediterranean Sundays are seen as sacred not just for their religious tendency. They are grounded in ritual shared among family and friends. When looking into their habits as a whole, it seems that’s Spain, Italy and Greece are not at all dissimilar in their routines of this one day. 

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Leslie's Kitchen: Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash & Sage Soup

Leslie's Kitchen: Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash & Sage Soup

"This creamy roasted butternut squash soup with sage is one of my favorite fall/winter soups. I make it with bone broth to boost the nutritive value and then add fried sage leaves for a delicious and filling meal. Make sure you pick up some crusty bread and farm fresh butter to enjoy on the side!"

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Leslie's Kitchen: Sourdough Discard Rolls

Leslie's Kitchen: Sourdough Discard Rolls

The holiday season is a time of joy, togetherness, and delicious food. This year, make your gatherings extra special with our Sourdough Discard Rolls by  Leslie Carney 🍂 Don't let that sourdough discard go to waste – transform it into these soft, flavorful rolls that will take center stage on your holiday table.

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Campania Top 5 Hidden Gems

Campania Top 5 Hidden Gems

Campania is a region in southern Italy known for its rich history, rugged coastlines, ancient ruins, and delicious cuisine (think Margherita pizza, creamy pastries, and buffalo mozzarella). Discover five hidden gems in Campania worth exploring on your next Italian getaway. 

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The art of Italian hand gestures

The art of Italian hand gestures

Beyond an auxiliary signal to enhance a statement, the Italian gesture can be understood with no words at all. In a country where dialects can even differ vastly between 2 towns within 5km of each other, the use of the 250 hand gestures within the Italians ‘corporeal dictionary,’ is not only useful but also fundamental. 

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Adding Mediterranean Into Your Home

Adding Mediterranean Into Your Home

The scenic beauty of coastlines, crystal-clear Mediterranean waters, charming towns, stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, embracing la vita lenta (slow life), and delicious Mediterranean cuisine all contribute to the allure and enchantment of living along the Mediterranean. Who wouldn’t want to dive headfirst into this lifestyle? Sipping espresso in a cozy café while watching the world go by or getting lost between narrow streets makes one want to experience this lifestyle forever. 

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The Art of Siesta

The Art of Siesta

On that hot afternoon in southern Italy, almost like clockwork, the household rose from its slumber. My friend’s parents emerged from their room and began with the washing up, his sister and brother-in-law appeared, stretching away the last traces of sleep, and his nephew rolled off the sofa swiftly departing to meet his friends at the beach...

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Orecchiette alla Norma

Orecchiette alla Norma

For this recipe we will combine two regions of southern Italy, in fact orecchiette is the iconic pasta format from Puglia, while sugo alla Norma is the most loved and well-known sauce from Sicily! Tomatoes, garlic, fried eggplant, fresh basil, and salted ricotta cheese together make for a memorable sauce...

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Leslie's Kitchen: Hearth Bacon Blue Cheese Pizza

Leslie's Kitchen: Hearth Bacon Blue Cheese Pizza

  Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with our super-easy, super-delicious Hearth Bacon Blue Cheese Pizza by Leslie Carney. Bursting with cozy fall flavors, this recipe is a snap to put together.  Ingredients: You’ll need one or two pizza dough balls. You can make your own or buy them in...

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