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How can one small country produce so much? Italian cuisine offers a whole world of ingredients – fresh seafood, seasonal veggies, cured meats, beautiful cheeses, savory herbs – prepared in ways from simple to elaborate. Some recipes are thousands of years old and have changed very little over the course of time; others were born in the Renaissance or after the discovery of the New World, when a wealth of new foodstuffs like tomatoes, beans, peppers, and corn reached European shores. Of course, when we talk about Italian food, we’re really talking about regional cuisines, comprising many styles, not just one -- from big Bolognese stews to simple Venetian fish dishes. Italy’s regional dishes are sources of great local pride in the places where they were developed. Geography played a big part in how they developed. Cows on pastures in the north produced dairy foods like butter and cheeses. In the arid south, fertile fields give way to rocky hills where olive trees and grape vines dominated.
 

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Living In: Milan, Lombardia, Italy
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I am married with Sabrina, and we have two doughters named Amanda and Alba. Unfortunately, my english is very poor.

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Creamy Pesto Shrimp

Reviewed on Jul. 27, 2015 by RANEYLORENE   view full review
Sorry, I live in Italy. I make this with NO cream, NO butter, and maybe 2 tbls. of Parmigiano...

Fresh Southern Peach Cobbler

Reviewed on Jun. 3, 2015 by ANNAMA   view full review
didn't change a thing, it was pretty delicious. The right dessert after a BBQ, with a bit of...

Oven Fried Chicken II

Reviewed on Jun. 2, 2015 by Heydinski   view full review
Easy and hearty meal, perfect for weekdays and even weekend dinners with friends and family!...

 
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