A Thanksgiving Taste of Italy: Fresh Flavors for Your Feast

A Thanksgiving Taste of Italy

Every occasion is a good occasion for Italian food, although there are certain dishes that are particolarmente delizioso during the holidays. With Thanksgiving coming around, we can give you some great ideas. An Italian Thanksgiving dinner offers a breathtaking spread of hearty foods that will leave even the deepest appetite satisfied. Invite your family, your second cousins, and your cousin’s friends. You’re going to need them because the food you’re about to enjoy is going to be big, heavy, and delicious.

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Whoever Invented Ravioli Is a Genius

Whoever Invented Ravioli Is a Genius

When ravioli is on the tip of your fork, you may not be thinking about its history. Your mind is likely filled with other things (like cheese, meat, or vegetables, for example). But ravioli is a dish with a vast history, and like many Italian cuisines, they’re a labor of love. So how did the humble ravioli begin? And how did it end up on a plate at Spizzico Italian Kitchen? The path it took may surprise you… and leave you a little bit hungry.

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5 Awesome Autumn Dinner Party Ideas for Marylanders

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As summer comes to a close and autumn invites that slight chill to the air, there comes a sense of togetherness best exemplified by dinner plans. Whether you’re hoping to invite your family over for a quiet indoor dinner at home or you’ve been struck by a sense of adventure, having a few dinner party ideas in your pocket is essential. If you happen to be in Maryland this Fall, here are a few things you can keep in mind when figuring out what you should do for dinner.

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Why Detroit Style Pizza is Making a Comeback

Detriot Style Pizza

Pizza has a long history. The word pizza itself dates back to the tenth century, and versions of this ultimate comfort food are found throughout history. The first documented pizzeria in the United States didn’t spring up until 1905, but pizza’s popularity has only grown since. These days, there are 350 slices of pizza sold every second in the US. No matter how you slice it, Americans love pizza. Whether you’re a fan of thin crust, deep dish, a classic New York slice, or Detroit style, there is no right or wrong way to eat it.

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Not Your Grandmother’s Lasagna Recipe Ideas for the Home Cook

Lasagna Recipe Ideas

When you think of a hearty, ooey-gooey pasta dish that will feed an army, lasagna may come to mind. Traditional lasagna you’re used to eating combines layers of tomato sauce, cheese, and meat.  While the classic recipe is delicious and comforting, you may want to get more creative in your own kitchen. Lasagna, traditional or not, can be intimidating to make. Cooking and assembling this dish is a labor of love, but is it too complicated for the home cook? Absolutely not! All you need is your choice of sauce, pasta, and a filling. Don’t want cheese? Swap it for pesto. Lasagna is the perfect food to tailor to your dietary needs and preferences.

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Soffritto: What You Should Know About the Cornerstone of Italian Cuisine

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Soffritto is the first step to creating many hearty, delectable Italian dishes. It requires time and precision, but in the end, the time you spend chopping vegetables and cooking them in healthy fat is worth it. A traditional soffritto will add depth of flavor to just about any dish you create. Learn more about the authentically Italian dish here.  

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How to Cook Perfect Al Dente Pasta Every Time

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Does mastering the perfect al dente pasta feel like a never-ending science experiment? Sure, getting the water boiling and plopping your pasta in is the easy part. It’s the timing that throws you off, right? Well, you’re not alone.
Learning how to cook it correctly can be a bit tricky as it comes down to several factors, including the type of pasta and the timing in the pot. And, there’s a big difference when it comes to cooking dry or fresh pasta.

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5 Expert Tips on Being an Authentic Italian Cook

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You know when you get that craving for Italian food. One where no other type of cuisine will suffice. Whether it’s a simple pasta dish or a big old pizza pie, there’s nothing better than a hearty, homemade Italian dish. But, have you ever wondered why it tastes so good? And, what can you do to get that authentic Italian taste at home? Check out our top tips to become an expert, authentic Italian cook at home.

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