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*The Basics

Essential information on Italian food and how to cook Italian

About Olive Oil star
Understanding about the differences in olive oil will help you use this Italian gold appropriately.

Basics for the Italian Pantry star
What spices, vegetables, and other staples should you keep in your kitchen?

Basics for the Italian Refrigerator star
What meats, vegetables, and cheeses should you keep in your refrigerator?

Easy Frittata Recipe star
Are you trying to cook a frittata for the first time? This is a great beginner recipe.

Gorgonzola Recipes star
These recipes feature the rich taste of Italian blue cheese.

Great Kitchen Gifts star
Looking for something useful to give someone for their first kitchen? These are sure to be appreciated.

How Parmesan Cheese Is Made star
Parmigiano-Reggiano is the grand cheese of Italy. It is wonderful on pasta, soup, or as a cheese course. Its creation is a combination of artistry and hard work.

How to Cook Pasta star
It may sound simplistic, but cooking pasta well takes knowledge and practice.

How to Make a Frittata star
Frittata is one of the simplest Italian recipes. Beat a couple of eggs, add some seasoning, and fry them in a pan. That’s the basic concept of a frittata. Here is how to make a frittata for two.

How to Make a Perfect Risotto star
Risotto is the ultimate Italian comfort food. Here are a few basics for a perfect risotto.

How to Make Crème Fraîche star
It's often hard to find crème fraîche in grocery stores. This recipe is easy to follow.

How to Make Gnocchi star
Gnocchi are traditional Italian dumplings made with potatoes, flour, salt, and served with a variety of sauces. Find how to make Italian gnocchi in this recipe.

How to Make Mascarpone Cheese Recipe star
Finding marscapone cheese can be difficult. When you do find it it can be expensive. Making your own is easier than you think.

How to Make Meat Pasta Sauce star
Pasta and Meat Sauce is a classic Italian recipe. Also called Pasta al Ragù, this dish is always a success and a favorite even for picky eaters and kids. Find your perfect meat sauce recipe right here.

How to Roast and Peel Bell Peppers star
Roasting peppers brings out the flavors and makes them more tender.

Italian Buffet Party Menu star
You want to throw a party, but don´t want to spend the entire time in the kitchen. This menu is well balanced, but incredibly easy to do.

Italian Food Basics star
Love Italian food? Want to know what the basics of Italian cuisine are? Find out why fresh, local and in season ingredients are what makes any Italian recipe so delicious.

Italian Vegetarian Food and Recipes star
Delicious meat-less, vegetarian and vegan recipes are an integral part of the traditional Italian cuisine.

Sauces for Vegetables, Meat, Fish, and Pasta star
These sauces serve a variety of purposes and can add "vitalità" to many of your dishes.

Sautéing Is Not Frying star
What is the difference between sautéing foods and frying them?

The Mediterranean Diet star
For a healthier lifestyle eat the Italian way.

Tiny Kitchen Product Reviews star
If you have a small kitchen finding items that will multitask is important. Here are some great products for your small kitchen. They also make great gifts for graduates moving into a first apartment or using a dorm kitchen.

Tips For Using Basil star
There are several types of basil, but sweet basil is the most known and commonly used in Italian cooking. Information and tips on using basil.

Torte, Tortelli, Tortellini & Tortelloni star
Origins of Tortellini pasta, Ravioli and other Italian delicious foods. Tortellini recipes and more.

What is Cioppino star
Cioppino is considered an Italian fish stew but is actually from the US. It´s a credit to Italian cooking traditions.

What Is Pancetta, Prosciutto, and Mortadella? star
Cooks are often confused when they are instructed to use specific Italian meat products. Here is an explanation of a few basics that every good Italian home has on hand.

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