First of the Month Recipe: Rape e Fagioli

When most people think of Calabrian food, they think of fresh, homemade pasta and super-spicy peppers, however, Calabrian foodies know there is more to love than initially meets the fork. Some of my favorite dishes in Calabria are created with hearty meat, rich cheese, freshly-grown vegetables and legumes and its the marriage of those last two that creates today’s recipe.

Mamma Agata – Simple and Genuine Cookbook Review

There is no denying English-speakers are falling in love with southern Italian cooking. Those seasonal ingredients, creative seafood dishes, spicy peppers, fresh lemons and world-class olive oil leave a lasting impression on travelers who are often anxious to recreate these plates back home. Today, Laura Thayer of Ciao Amalfi! is offering her review of a southern Italian cookbook that focuses…

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My Calabria Cookbook Review ***and Giveaway***

It’s eerily intimate to read about the history, stories and legends of your home, to see in print the cities and towns that are in your backyard and to understand the culture that is unfolding before you in black and white. No, I’m not Calabrese, or even Italian, by heritage, but I couldn’t help but feel a twinge of hometown…

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Real Recipe Wednesday: Lagane e Ceci

Today we are wrapping up the two-month Real Recipe Wednesday series here on My Bella Vita. In case you missed them, you can check out some great recipes like Pasta Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino, Bucatini all’ Amatriciana, Orecchiette con Pelati e Ricotta and Merluzzo e Pomodorini, as well as a few regional favorites, like Sicilian Mollica and Napoletano Sfogliatella.

Real Recipe Wednesday: Calabrese Lagane

And no, that’s not a typo for “lasagna.” We’ve already done that recipe … remember? Lagane is a homemade southern Italian pasta that many food historians believe to be the origin of modern-day lasagna. It is traditionally served with chickpeas, but you’ll have to wait until next week for that recipe.

Real Recipe Wednesday: Merluzzo e Pomodorini Pasta

Today we are continuing on with the Real Recipe Series with a healthy, delicious dish from the sea … Merluzzo e Pomodorini Pasta. In case you’ve missed them, you can check out the other pasta dishes, Pasta Aglio Olio Peperoncino, Bucatini all’ Amatriciana and Orecchiete with Tomatoes and Ricotta, or read up on Sicilian Mollica and Napoletano Sfogliatella.

Real Recipe Wednesday: Orecchiette con Pelati e Ricotta

Last month was delizioso at My Bella Vita and through the Real Recipe Series we discovered a couple of great primi plates-Pasta Aglio Olio Peperoncino and Bucatini all’ Amatriciana, a fun alternative to sprinkled cheese with Sicilian Mollica and Sfogliatella, a sweet, flaky Napoletano dessert. It was so delectable that I decided to extend it one more month and feature…

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Real Recipe Wednesday: Bucatini all’amatriciana

It’s been a delicious month here at My Bella Vita with recipes ranging from Pasta Aglio Olio Peperoncino to Sicilian mollica and Naple’s own delectably sweet sfogliatella. The Real Recipe Wednesday series continues today with one of my personal favorites, Bucatini all’amatriciana, from Mary of Flavors of Abruzzo. Welcome, Mary! Bucatini all’amatriciana is named after the town of Amatrice which…

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A Guide to Calabrian Breakfast

While the food of Calabria ranges from super spicy peppers, to fresh fruit and vegetables to meat, seafood and pasta, the breakfast food is sweet and simple. While it is true Italians eat pancetta–and they love a good frittata-they’ll probably scoff if you offer them for breakfast. In fact, one of my young neighbors asked me once about a typical…

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Real Recipe Wednesday: Sfogliatella

All this month we are featuring real Italian recipes and Mamma Mia have we had some goodies. We’ve gone from classic Pasta Aglio Olio Peperoncino to Sicilian modica and today, my sweet-toothed friends, we are in Naples, enjoying sfogliatella, straight from the Amalfi Coast’s own, Laura Thayer of Ciao Amalfi! The first time I traveled to Naples, I had “EAT…

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