Christmas · Culinary world trip · Homemade liqueurs · Italy · Recipes · Special occasions

Liquore di ciliegie fatto in casa (Italian Cherry Liqueur)

Bookmark this recipe now and start your own cherry liqueur next summer. By the time Christmas is here you will enjoy the sweet and warm reward of your labour (and patience 🙂 ) Also consider, that a homemade cherry liqueur can be a wonderful Christmas party gift.                  

Italy · Rice & Grains

Risotto ai funghi (mushroom risotto)

Risotto is THE Italian rice dish. There are countless risotto variations, but a mushroom risotto is unquestionably one of the timeless classics. Some people prefer the mushroom risotto exclusively with porcini mushrooms (also known as ceps), but porcini are expensive and often hard to find. Others, on the other hand, don’t like the intense taste… Continue reading Risotto ai funghi (mushroom risotto)

Homemade liqueurs · Italy

Limoncello fatto in casa (homemade limoncello)

Limoncello is an intense lemon flavored liqueur, produced in Campania and Sicily. Popular throughout all of Italy, limoncello is also often made at home. It is said to be good for digestion and therefore it makes an excellent digestif. Limoncello is usually served ice cold. Although, some prefer it at room temperature or stirred in… Continue reading Limoncello fatto in casa (homemade limoncello)

Desserts · Italy

Cranberry-Pine nut-Biscotti

  Biscotti – here a classic version with cranberries and pine nuts- are italian biscuits (cookies). The word originates from the medieval Latin word “biscoctus”, meaning “twice-cooked.” It defined all oven baked goods that were baked twice, so they were very dry and could be stored for long periods of time. Such nonperishable food was particularly useful… Continue reading Cranberry-Pine nut-Biscotti

Bread & Rolls · Breadbasket · Italy · Yeast breads

Focaccia with antipasti

Focaccia is an Italian specialty. The ancient Romans called this flatbread  panis focacius ( lat. focus “place to bake”). Traditionally it is seasoned with olive oil, salt, sometimes herbs. It might also be topped with vegetables, cheese or meat. Although focaccia is an italian bread, this recipe comes from the cookbook of a German cook, Tim… Continue reading Focaccia with antipasti