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Traditional Italian recipes tested (or developed) by a Southern Italian Nonna. Although Nonna Baldino is Southern Italian, she also cooks traditional dishes of Central and Northern Italy.

This category also includes Italian gardening tips, from designing an Italian kitchen garden to selecting the fruit and vegetable varieties specific to good Italian cooking.

Guide to Using Dried or Canned Beans: + Fagioli Recipe

Dried beans that are cooked well can elevate the flavor of many slow carb recipes, from soups and stews to side dishes, to refried beans. But are they always best for any kind of recipe? There are some types of dishes where the flavor (and texture) shines more when you use dried beans and some …

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Chicory Varieties for the Italian Kitchen Garden: Growing & Cooking

If you love Italian cooking and are experimenting with growing your own Italian herbs and vegetables, you will want to try some chicory in your Italian kitchen garden. This guide on growing chicory will help you decide between the best Italian chicory varieties and give you tips on growing, cooking and storing this delicious leafy …

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Winter Squash Varieties For the Italian Kitchen Garden

Love cooking Italian food? Winter squash is one of the more important vegetables to Italian cuisine. The tastiest traditional Italian winter squash varieties aren’t available in-store however, so you need to either grow them yourself or find them at select farmers’ markets. With this guide, I’ll help you discover the best Italian squash varieties, and …

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12 Must-Grow Vegetables & Herbs for the Italian Kitchen Garden

Love Italian food? Use your backyard, your balcony or your large garden plot to grow your own Italian kitchen garden. Forget about sad supermarket produce or boring vegetable varieties, and enjoy home-grown vegetables and herbs that are traditional to great Italian cooking. Jump to: What Is an Italian Kitchen Garden? | What To Plant In …

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Flat Beans (Romano Beans) for the Italian Kitchen Garden

Take a leaf out of the Italians’ book and learn to grow and cook with Romano beans, a broad, flat bean in the same family as garden variety string beans. Romano beans are juicy, with a sweet flavor and a great crunch, and they come in a wonderful range of colors. Italian flat beans taste …

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Southern Italian Beef Braciole (Involtini) Recipe

The Italians I know go all out for Winter holiday celebrations, and this show-stopping beef braciole (aka braciola) is often a centerpiece on the Southern Italian table. This Sicilian (Neapolitan) version includes pine nuts, prosciutto, parsley, garlic and cheese as the filling (raisins if you want the sweet flavor). It is served with high quality …

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Low-Carb Pork Chops in Italian Peperonata (Stewed Bell Peppers)

Peperonata is a rustic Italian stew of sweet bell peppers long simmered into a tender melt-in-your-mouth sauce. It is often a side dish or a topping for crusty bruschetta, but in this recipe, it is a sauce that is used to flavor and tenderize pork chops. A common problem with pork chops is that they …

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Smothered Pork Chops in Italian Puttanesca Sauce

Puttanesca was once considered a humble Italian dish, made with common pantry ingredients. The sauce is typically made by combining tomatoes, capers, garlic and olives, with optional ingredients like red pepper flakes or anchovies into a bold, robust “gravy”. This briny sauce is typically served over pasta (often spaghetti), but it also pairs beautifully with …

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Slow Carb Peperonata with a Side of Butternut Squash

Peperonata (peh-peh-roh-NAH-tah) is an Italian vegetable dish of slow-cooked, or stewed bell peppers with onion and garlic.  Of course there are variations and some Italian cooks will add tomatoes, eggplant, mushrooms, or other vegetables. This recipe heightens the flavor of peperonata with an Italian romesco sauce served over a creamy bed of butternut squash. Jump to: …

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Seared Scallops with Lemon Orzo Instead of Risotto

This is an impressive dish that comes together in 20 minutes and is deceptively easy to cook. Adding a rub of ground fennel to the scallops before searing gives a subtle anise crust to the scallops, which are then served on a bed of lemony orzo. This recipe will become a food memory! Nothing melts …

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Italian White Bean, Kale & Sausage Stew: Slow Carb

This creamy rustic soup or stew is perfect for slow carb diets or for cold-weather cooking. Cannellini beans and sausage make it high protein, the kale adds tons of nutrients and flavor and the creamy broth give it a velvety texture. Serve it with or without rustic bread. Jump to: RECIPE Key Ingredients & Substitutions …

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12 Best Tomatoes for Sandwiches: + Prosciutto Caprese Sandwich Recipe

Summer picnics or beach outings often involves packing up hearty sandwiches, and the last thing you want is a tomato that makes your sandwiches soggy when you unwrap your carefully made sandwich. The key to not having soggy sandwiches is to choose the right tomato, one that is meaty instead of juicy. These 11 heirloom …

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