Pinza – Venetian Cornmeal Cake / Maismelkaker fra Venezia

A classic Italian cake recipe in a modern version
found on epicurus.com
Pinza – Venetian Cornmeal Cake / Maismelkaker fra Venezia

Venetian Cornmeal Cake is a very old recipe, modernized here by Mary Ann Esposito. The dense cornmeal cake is full of dried fruit and nuts. The cake is rustic in appearance and refined on the palate.

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Cannelloni – Baked and Stuffed Pasta Rolls / Innbakte og Fylte Pastaruller

A classic Italian recipe found in “Ganske Enkelt – Italiensk Kokebok” (Quite Simply – Italian Cookbook) published by Notabene Forlag in 1996
Cannelloni – Baked and Stuffed Pasta Rolls / Innbakte og Fylte Pastaruller

Cannelloni (pronounced [kannelˈloːni]; Italian for “large reeds”) are a cylindrical type of pasta generally served baked with a filling and covered by a sauce in Italian cuisine. Some types of cannelloni need to be boiled beforehand, while for others it is enough to use a more dilute sauce or filling.

Popular stuffings include spinach and ricotta or minced beef. The sauces typically used are Napoletani underneath and besciamella sauce to cover the top.

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Pasta Con I Fagioli – Soup with White Beans and Noodles / Suppe med Hvite Bønner og Nudler

A classic soup recipe found in “Ganske Enkelt -Italiensk Kokebok” (Quite Simply – Italian Cook Book)
published by Notabene Forlag in 1995

Pasta Con I Fagioli – Soup with White Beans and Noodles / Suppe med Hvite Bønner og Nudler

I love working with cookbooks with thumbnails like in this one, but
I really shouldn’t because it means a lot more work. I have build the final image out of one large, four small ones and add the numbers on top. Takes about three times as long as preparing a single picture
for posting. But I’m a designer and our minds don’t work like
normal people’s does

Ted
Winking smile

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Insalata di Mare – Italian Seafood Salad / Italiensk Sjømatsalat

A delicious salad recipe found in “Ganske Enkelt –
Italiensk Kokebok” (Quite Simple – Italian Cook Book)
published  by Notabene Forlag in 1995

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If you are as fond of seafood as I am, this salad is heaven sent. It contains all the goodies from the  sea one can think of. And sprinkled with parsley, lemon juice and olive oil. The Italians really know how to put seafood on the table.

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Calzone al Prosciutto Cotto Affumicato – Calzone with Ham and Apples / Calzone med Skinke og Eple

A calzone from ”Pizza” a book in the “Kjøkkenbiblioteket”  (Kitchen Library) series published by Aventura Forlag in 1992.
Calzone al Prosciutto Cotto Affumicato

This recipe originates from the Alto Adige region in northern Italy. Feel free to substitute ham with other types of pork. But do not cut out horseradish, it brings out a lot of flavor from the meat and apples. One variation is to form the calzone with an open top.

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Crostata Dolce di Ricotta – Italian Curd Tart / Italiensk Osteterte

A delicious Italian tart recipe from “The Sainsbury
Book of Italian Cooking” published in 1979

Crostata Dolce di Ricotta – Italian Curd Tart / Italiensk Osteterte

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Italian Torrone / Italiensk Torrone

An Italian speciality found in “European Favourites”
by Carol Wright published by Collins in 1973

Italian Torrone / Italiensk Torrone

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Salsa Verde – Green Sauce / Grønn Saus

A classic Continental cold sauce recipe found in
“God Mat fra Hele Verden” (Nice Food From All Over the Word)
published by Schibsted in 1971

Salsa Verde - Green Sauce / Grønn Saus

One usually think of this sauce as a typical Italian specialty, but as it turns out also in Germany is it known, as a specialty comming from Frankfurt.

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Italian Fried Fish with Sage / Italiensk Stekt Fisk med Salvie

A delicious Italian fish recipe found in “The Best of
International Cooking” published by Hamlyn in 1984

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Rustic Sicilian Bread / Rustikk Siciliansk Brød

A classic Mediterranean bread recipe found on BBC good foodRustic bread_post

This is a traditional Italian bread that you can make in the morning
to get a little ahead.

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Pane Carasau – Sardinian Flatbread / Sardinsk Flatbrød

A recipe for Sardinian flatbread found on food52.com
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This is Sardinian flatbread or as it is translated “sheet music” bread. It is really a lot like a cracker although it looks much like a tortilla. It is stiff and crackly and in the hands of the Sardinians it is multipurpose. It is simple to make and this version requires no yeast. The most difficult part of the process is rolling it out but after one or two you’ll get the hang of it.

By the way, they are usually baked twice. Meaning this is the first time and when you are ready to eat them you bake them again usually brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with rosemary.

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Caponata Palermitana – Sicilian Sweet & Sour Vegetables / Sicilianske Sur-Søte Grønnsaker

A vegetarian lunch recipe from “The Sainsbury
Book of Italian Cooking” published in 1979

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A delicious vegetable lunch dish full of Mediterranean goodies. Serve it with fresh ciabattas og en Ruffino Classico and close your eyes and imagine yourself seated at a sidewalk table in Palermo. Sounds nice doesn’t it, particularly here in Oslo, where the winter’s first snow fell yesterday – Ted  😉

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Italian White Bread / Italiensk Loff

A glassic Italian bread recipe found on brodogkorn.no
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Italian bread with durum wheat, flour and olive oil are some of the best there is of home baking. Great to bring for a picnic or serve it with all kinds of barbecued food.

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Rosemary Focaccia / Focaccia med Rosmarin

A classic Italian bread recipe found on goodhousekeeping.com
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Breads made with olive oil are best enjoyed on the day of baking,
but can be frozen.

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Pizza al Gorgonzola – Pizza with Gorgonzola and Walnuts / Pizza med Gorgonzola og Valnøtter

A classic recipe from ”Pizza” a book in the “Kjøkkenbiblioteket”  (Kitchen Library) series published by Aventura Forlag in 1992.
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traditional badge italian_flatThis pizza with blue cheese and walnuts is one of Italy’s classics. Server it for dinner with a glass of red or port wine. If you want a milder type of blue cheese than gorgonzola, use the blue cheese that you like best. Camembert and brie can also be used, and walnuts can be replaced with almonds or pecans.

After I got hold of this book I’ve been surprised at how beatifully simple most classic Italian pizzas are. This one has got only four ingredients if you count the olive oil, if not there are three. Gorgonzola, walnuts and grated lemon zest. And still it looks mouth wateringly delicious – Ted

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