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Chicken Soup with Ricotta Dumplings

Learn how to make authentic Italian dumplings with this recipe for Chicken Soup with Ricotta Dumplings. Ricotta is combined with breadcrumbs, cheese, and eggs to make the dumplings dough. Shaping the dumplings takes both time and effort, but it would make a great family or date night activity. Once the formed ricotta dumplings have rested, they cook in hot chicken broth. Using homemade chicken stock or broth will give this simple soup the best flavor. This luscious soup recipe makes for a great first course or a light main dish.

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Homemade Ricotta

This recipe most closely duplicates the creamy texture and rich taste of the ricotta I grew up with, the ricotta my father made daily. In...

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Creamy Chickpea Soup with Shrimp and Anise Seed

Located in the historic part of Rende, a university town near Cosenza, the restaurant Pantagruel specializes in seafood. This velvety sou...

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Stuffed Pizza with Chard and Dill

Borage and dill grew wild around my hometown of Verbicaro in spring, so local cooks would gather these aromatic herbs to fill a pitta, th...

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Marinated Octopus Salad with Olive Oil and Lemon

Make a creative meal for your friends and family with this recipe for Marinated Octopus Salad with Olive Oil and Lemon. The best thing about this seafood recipe is that it will teach you how to cook octopus. After the octopus is cooked to tender perfection, it is tossed with a marinade made from olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, and garlic.

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Stuffed Pork Rolls in Tomato Sauce Verbicaro Style

This recipe from my hometown of Verbicaro is an example of la cucina povera (peasant cooking), a dish that makes ingenious use of meager ...

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Potatoes Layered with Artichokes and Breadcrumbs

In this traditional side dish, thinly sliced artichokes and potatoes are layered with well-seasoned breadcrumbs and baked until the vege...

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Swordfish in a Garlicky Broth, Bagnara Style

Bagnara Calabra-Bagnara for short-is the center of Calabria’s swordfish fishery, occupying a sliver of Tyrrhenian coast between mountains...

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Risotto with Fresh Mussels

This seafood risotto is popular among the chefs at beachfront restaurants on Calabria's Tyrrhenian coast. They have adopted the Northern Italian rice cooking technique. You will love trying easy slow cooker Risotto with Fresh Mussels for a casual or more formal dinner at your home. This slow cooker risotto has an undeniable creamy richness. It comes across like it contains heaping piles of butter, yet it has none. Mussels do great in this dish. We suggest shelling them after steaming and before stirring them into the risotto. You can leave some shells in to make the dish look good, but otherwise the shells are unnecessary. You can pair this risotto with a green salad and grilled swordfish steaks. Your guests will truly enjoy the risotto, which could also be a meal unto itself.

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Pizzo's Famous Ice Cream Truffle

The picturesque fishing town of Pizzo on Calabrias Tyrrhenian coast is a mecca for ice cream fans, who come expressly to taste a dessert...

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Dark Chocolate Ice Cream with Hot Red Pepper

When I saw this peculiar ice cream in a gelato shop in Scalea, I couldn’t resist ordering it out of curiosity. After I tasted it, I told ...

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