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The Art of the Aperitivo

Memorie di Angelina is a food blog, of course, but in Italian culinary tradition you cannot separate food from drink. While Italians are not heavy drinkers as a rule, it is also true that, traditionally speaking at least, a meal is not a meal without a glass or two of wine. Spirits also play a […]

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Cool New Features, Courtesy of ZipList

Dear readers, A quick note to let you know that I’ve partnered with ZipList.com to bring you some neat new features: Print Recipe. This is a functionality that many of you have been clamoring for. While you can print recipes straight from the web, the print out will include pages of stuff that you probably […]

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How to Make Homemade Potato Gnocchi

Gnocchi are one of the easier types of ‘pasta’ to make at home and most definitely worth the effort. The mini-hockey pucks that are sold commercially as potato gnocchi are, to put it bluntly, hardly worth eating—especially after you’ve tried the real thing. The best homemade gnocchi are as light and airy as a down […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Authentic Italian Food

Part I: The Varieties of Italian Cooking This post walks you through the principal types of Italian cooking you are likely to encounter from true Italian food, the kind they make in Italy, to Italian Diaspora cooking, which at its best has an authenticity all its own, to the more dubious ‘Italian-style’ cooking and just […]

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How to Make Mayonnaise the Italian Way

Mayonnaise may have been invented by the Spanish and popularized by the French, but Italians make maionese, too. The Italian method is not very different from elsewhere, but, not surprisingly, it is made either partially or entirely with olive oil (as was the original Spanish version) and is kept very basic: mustard and other flavorings are […]

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Tomato Sauce 101

I’m all for convenience when it actually makes life simpler, but it’s always been a mystery to me why people buy those jars of wretched “spaghetti sauce” that line our supermarket shelves when you can make real tomato sauce with only a tiny bit more time and effort. I suspect that many people are simply […]

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Pane casereccio (Homemade Bread)

I am not a baker. Never have been. I have always found stove-top cooking fun and easy but baking is a very different art. Cooking lets you stir and taste and adjust as you go along to get things to come out just right. But with baking—once you close that oven door, your success is […]

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