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La Bella Figura: Embracing Body Images in Italy

La Bella Figura: Embracing Body Images in Italy

My journey in Italy has taught me to appreciate the beauty of food, the beauty of life, and most importantly, the beauty of myself for who I am. To me this is what la bella figura truly is all about: getting dressed every morning with a smile on my face despite gaining a few extra pounds and radiating positivity and self-love, because after all, life is meant to be enjoyed, and Italians know how to enjoy life the right way. 

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Leslie's Kitchen: Pumpkin Beef Stew

Leslie's Kitchen: Pumpkin Beef Stew

Packed with hearty stew meat, tender pumpkin, carrots, and potatoes, this dish is a delightful ode to the cozy season. Slow-cooked to perfection, this stew is all about comfort and taste.

Plus, when served with warm sourdough bread, it becomes an instant family favorite. Whether it's a cozy family dinner or a casual get-together, Leslie's Pumpkin Beef Stew is your ticket to culinary bliss.

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Leslie's Kitchen: Browned Butter Ravioli with Fried Sage

Leslie's Kitchen: Browned Butter Ravioli with Fried Sage

As the temperatures drop, warm up with our inviting Browned Butter Ravioli with Fried Sage by Leslie Carney! 🍁

This dish is a symphony of flavors, featuring tender ravioli bathed in nutty browned butter, crispy sage leaves, and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. What makes it even better? With everyday ingredients and simple steps, it's a recipe that anyone can whip up effortlessly. So, get ready to enjoy the comfort and flavor this recipe brings to your table as the weather cools down!

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Leslie's Kitchen: Decadent Fettuccine Alfredo

Leslie's Kitchen: Decadent Fettuccine Alfredo

Get ready to enjoy a dish that's all about simple, heartwarming goodness – our easy-to-make Decadent Fettuccine Alfredo!

Imagine a plate of tender fettuccine noodles, coated in a creamy, buttery sauce, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, and lightly spiced with a hint of nutmeg. It's like a warm, comforting hug on your plate.

With everyday ingredients and a bit of kitchen love, you'll have a bowl of homemade yumminess in no time.

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Exploring the World of Backgammon

Exploring the World of Backgammon

Like many addictive games, Backgammon walks the line between skill and luck. You must always keep your wits about you and observe your opponent’s every move. But if two players are similar in expertise, the game becomes more about good fortune than good ability. Yet, it is not a game that grows boring the moment the rules are mastered. Its joyful social component and its wonderful straightforwardness show that it only takes a very simple concept to harbour a great deal of fun.

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Lady luck across the Mediterranean

Lady luck across the Mediterranean

Wishing someone good luck is a common adage bestowed on friends or loved ones throughout the world. But some don’t just take their chances and prefer to place their faith in symbols or charms which guarantee good fortune and ward off harmful omens. These vary from country to country, region to region and even household to household. Belief in these has often spanned centuries or millennia making for fascinating origins and uncompromising traditions. Here are some symbols across the Mediterranean which are considered to carry good fortune to their believers. 

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Leslie's Kitchen: Baked Fig Brie

Leslie's Kitchen: Baked Fig Brie

Imagine a wheel of creamy brie cheese, cradled in a flaky pastry and swirled with the sweetness of fig preserves. It's a pairing that brings out the best of both worlds - the rich, savory cheese and the fruity, indulgent jam.

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"La Bruschetta"

"La Bruschetta"

Bruschetta exudes Italianism from every pore, starting with the extra virgin olive oil, the use of toasted bread and tasty tomatoes from southern Italy, and ending with the basil leaves, a must on every Italian windowsill. 

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Leslie's Kitchen: Spicy Shrimp Tacos

Leslie's Kitchen: Spicy Shrimp Tacos

Think about juicy shrimp, all seasoned up, wrapped in warm tortillas, topped with a mix of textures and flavors that guarantee a seriously good time for your taste buds. If you're all about trying something deliciously new that mixes great ingredients with a bit of cleverness, then look no further than these Spicy Shrimp Tacos by Leslie Carney.

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Tonia's Favorite beaches in Europe

Tonia's Favorite beaches in Europe

Life is a beach if you want it to be. Amongst the Mediterranean lands and seas, you come across some of the world’s very best and beautiful. From briny blue waters to the clearest of crystal oceans, the Europe’s greatest summer spots boast every kind of coastal escape...

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Tiramisù

Tiramisù

If you had to think of the first Italian dolce that comes to mind what would it be? That's right, Tiramisù! It is no coincidence that it is the best-known Italian dessert in the world; it originated in northern Italy, in Treviso to be precise, in the second half of the 19th century....

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A trick up your sleeve – Le Carte da Gioco

A trick up your sleeve – Le Carte da Gioco

If you have ever strolled down the street in any given Italian town, city or beachfront, you will likely have seen groups of locals passively seated but actively concentrated. Their focus is on their hands or rather, what their hands are preciously and protectively holding. Every now and then they will make furtive glances at their companions trying to catch any giveaway signs which will lead to victory. 

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Leslie's Kitchen: Lemon Pasta

Leslie's Kitchen: Lemon Pasta

Summer Vibes on a Plate by @lemongrovelane 🍋☀️ Dive into the freshness of our Lemon Pasta – the epitome of sunny flavors and ease. Al dente pasta tossed in a lemony embrace of garlic, butter, and a sprinkle of parsley. Your ticket to a taste of summer paradise!

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Leslie's Kitchen: Summer Bruschetta

Leslie's Kitchen: Summer Bruschetta

Elevating Summer Flavors ☀️🍅 This unconventional twist on bruschetta by @lemongrovelane is a burst of taste and texture! From roasted cherry tomatoes to creamy burrata, all drizzled with homemade balsamic glaze, every bite tells a story of summer delight. 😍🌿

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