Portland, Maine, US
This is the kind of recipe that uses what's left in the pantry at the end of the week to create a tasty dish. Most Italian kitchens have all these ingredients always at hand: olive oil, olives, garlic, capers, anchovies and tomatoes... There are many theories on the origins of the name of the dish, but as I remember, it's just a frugal way to make do with what is available! Global Cuisine
Who doesn't love Italian coffee and treats?!
This design features a few of my favorites: Gelato, Biscotti, Latte, Macchiato, Cappucino, Mocaccino, Espresso Doppio, Pizzelle, Caffe Romano, Bomboloni, Affgogato al Caffe, Caffe Shakerato, Torta Caprese...
Time to book my next trip to Italy!
Waterford, Virginia, US
Beans from around the world. A perfect Italian picnic or celebration featuring ingredients from the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy: arugula (known as rucola or ruchetta), Proscuitto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano as well as a glass of sparkling Italian Lambrusco wine. Buon Appetito!
During the quarantine I have more time to cook so I learned recently to make my own bread. Ingredients like flour, olive oil, salt, yeast, olives, dried tomatoes and spices like rosemary and thyme are always available in my pantry. So this quick and very easy recipe for an original Italian focaccia just became my favourite recipe.
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If I were to go on a PIKUNIKKU (Japanese romanization of the word picnic), I would vouch for a nice long hike underneath the sakura blossoms in March. There would be nothing more fitting than an ornate and delicately welcoming Japanese bento box, along with some seasonal mandarins. The "ben" in "bentou" comes from the word convenience, which shows in the cute and compact shapes of each food item. While I was growing up, I was fascinated by the creative ways people would dress up common ingredients, such as cutting up hot dogs into octopus shapes, or the "onigiri"- rice balls "molded" into different forms with a variety of seasonings. Now I can make my bento boxes however I want, but for this illustration I wished to satisfy my childhood fantasy with the picture perfect vegetables and octopus hot dogs, with full on Japanese headband and silly octopus face.
Here's my entry for the Let's Have a Picnic challenge :) Where I spend most of my summer, we take every opportunity to have a beach picnic. Lots of kids, laughter, a cool dip, whatever is in season at the nearby farms, bubbly and beer, cheese of course, and if we're lucky, the most gorgeous sunset.