Canederli (Knödel) with smoked ham

canederli au jambon fumé

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There are two things that are not negotiable in my family during Christmas days: the broth and the raffle. No matter how old you are, if you are tired or not, you are morally obliged to eat at least 2 tablespoons of broth and play one turn at the raffle. We eat broth in a different way, with a different kind of pasta. Continue reading

Spice and ginger square cookies

biscotti allo zenzero

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I’ve already told you that the sweet side of this Christmas is that it will be full of spices and ginger. I know that maybe it’s not very original, but I cannot disregard my “food inclinations” especially for Christmas! In the light of results, no regrets at all!  Continue reading

Sweet bread men (Grittibanz)

sweet bread men

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Christmas approaches, and being the child I am, I’m counting downs the days (- 13). Since I’ve been using ginger everywhere else, I decided not to perform the classic “gingerbread” but “breadmen” as sweet and fun as the others. “My men” come from Germany and Switzerland (German canton) and they are prepared in occasion of the feast of St. Nicholas, December 6th, I’m quite late posting them now, but I was waiting to be in my hometown with my family in order to have the perfect atmosphere. Continue reading

Saffron tagliatelle with sausage crumble on butternut cream.

saffron tagliatelle

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I wouldn’t define myself as an expert on Abruzzo region. I’m not proud of this lack, but, willing or not, it’s the truth.The “information” I have is less than the things I had the chance to imagine through the tales of my two dear friends. Super funny stories and amusing anecdotes that made me laugh, as well as all our friends and the friends of the friends. It is clear that the idea I have of Abruzzo is really positive. Continue reading

Upside-down pear and candied ginger cake

pear and candied ginger christmas cake

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My Christmas will be under the sign of spices and ginger, just to make it clear. I have been thinking about Christmas recipes for a longtime, but actually everything I feel like making (and eating) smell like cinnamon, nutmeg and any other spices as long as they are well matched with ginger. Continue reading