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Lisa’s Espresso Pudding

This Espresso Pudding is typical of Northern Italy, where the winters begin early and the snow can be late to thaw. It’s also a perfectly decadent dessert for a winter afternoon with a coffee or tea. Treat yourself to this Espresso Pudding as we begin to celebrate the
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Lisa’s Chicken Aglio e Olio

If you love spaghetti aglio e olio, you will love this dish, full of garlic and spiked with a generous sprinkling of hot pepper flakes. Lisa first made this recipe for her children as a way to use extra sauce left over from spaghetti aglio e olio. As every good Italian mother
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Lisa’s Sunday Dinner Apple Cake

This rustic apple cake is enjoyed throughout Italy, with each region having its own twist. If you like, you can add chopped walnuts or sliced almonds to the batter. Moist and delicious, it is best enjoyed topped with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or gelato. Try this to add an
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Lisa’s Butternut Squash Soup for Thanksgiving

Every year, as a precursor to the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, Lisa makes her celebrated Butternut Squash Soup. It’s known among all of Lisa’s American and Italian friends, especially because all the Italian guests she has hosted at her Thanksgiving table over the
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Lisa’s 20 minute Bolognese Sauce: A Quick Answer to What’s for Sunday Dinner?

We’ve all been there- it’s Sunday, you (and your family and friends!) are hungry. But because you’ve been racing around all day, you haven’t had time to make anything, let alone a meat sauce that everyone craves and would love. The answer? Lisa’s 20
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Lisa’s Amatriciana

Pasta all’Amatriciana is a delicious spicy tomato sauce with a twist: pancetta (smoky flavored bacon), crushed red pepper, and tomatoes. It is named for its place of origin, as are many pasta dishes in Italy. In this case it is the town of Amatrice, in the region of Lazio,
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Lisa’s Chicken from Sostanza in Florence

This recipe comes from a trattoria hidden away on a small side street in Florence. Lisa and her children used to go there often- in fact, Lisa’s youngest son Guido became known as the terremoto, the earthquake, by the owners and staff, thanks to an episode involving his
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Lisa’s Torta della Nonna

If Lisa had to pick one of her absolute favorite desserts of all time in Italy, it would definitely be Torta della Nonna. Translating to “Grandmother’s Cake”, the crust is buttery, the filling is made of ricotta cheese, pine nuts, and eggs. It’s creamy and
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