Rise and Shine in Orange

What in winter makes me get up with [a little more] enthusiasm is the morning freshly squeezed juice. Besides the very well-known Navel oranges, in Italy we have the oranges from Sicily that are excellent. Besides oranges, tangerines (here called Mandarines) and kumquats, we also have the fantastic, sweet-scented Bergamot. Bergamot A freshly squeezed Bergamot […]

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Terrines Fennel and Orange Gelée

Let’s talk about the nutritional properties and the different uses of this elegant vegetable! The fennel is a very versatile autumn/winter vegetable. Fennel is available from November to March; it contains few calories and many mineral salts, and vitamin A. Its characteristic taste is determined by the anethole: an aromatic compound widely found in nature, […]

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Christmas Thereabouts

Christmas is a long affair in Italy because is not just one day, there is the day after too. A full-fledged festivity known as St. Stephen day. It means more food, more invitations, more cooking. Certainly more planning and shopping because on St. Stephen day all stores are still closed. It was in days like […]

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Octopus, Fennel, and Oranges (or potatoes)

The octopus is a classic of Italian cuisine and a beloved by all connoisseurs of seafood and fish. OK, the sight of it is a bit threatening, but when approached with the right mind-frame, it is not difficult at all to handle and get out quite a deliciuos meal. Most of all, it always comes […]

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