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Mediterranean  Fall Tuna Patties

Appetizer recipe idea

Here in Slovenia officially started Fall time. Vineyards around us are turning to 1-million-fall colours palette: red, yellow, brown and some green. It started a really magic time. So, End of October is here, and I have to think what to make for Halloween Kid’s party. Here is the answer: Mediterranean Tuna Patties with fresh Fall herbs and vegetables from my garden.

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Cucumber, dried tomatoes & shrimps skewers

Appetizer recipe idea

Sun dried tomatoes are a great and delicious classic used in italian cuisine. The flavor of sun-dried tomatoes is quite intense, concentrated so a little goes a long way. Although they are wonderful with pasta, you’ll enjoy using sun-dried tomatoes with many other foods, including vegetables, meats, and breads. How can you combine these ingredients to make a perfect appetizer? Read my recipe …

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Stylish summer party design ideas to copy this summer

Presentation idea

There’s nothing more leisurely or celebratory than enjoying a beautiful meal under twinkling lights at an elegantly set table! Check some inspirational ideas to copy the next time you are inviting your friend to your home 😉

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Easy, tasty and healthy melon and prosciutto starter

The taste of Italy… Looking for an inspiration for your traditional summer salad? This Summer Melon with San Daniele Prosciutto and mozarella recipe blends sweet fruit with salty prosciutto for a fresh and tasty side dish. Drizzle each serving with a little olive oil, aged aceto balsamico, and garnish with the shaved Parmiggiano Reggiano cheese.

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Penne with shrimp tails and tomato sauce

In Italy is used the name Scampi for shrimps. Try to remember it the next time you are visiting the beautiful Southern region of Italy such as Sicily or Puglia 😉 Pasta Penne tossed with sautéed shrimp tails, lots of garlic and chopped parsley then combined with a homemade tomato sauce. It takes only 40 minutes to prepare it. It is the perfect week night or ”guests are coming” Italian pasta dish.

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Shrimps and zucchini appetizers

If you are planning a romantic dinner with your partner, than you should light the candels, put some good music on, prepare two glasses of a very good white wine and cook this delicious appetizers. It is a very light dish, ideal for summer evenings. Your partner will adore it.

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Panna cotta recipe

Panna cotta dessert always reminds me about my older sister Lara who is a very good cook. Many years ago (I will not tell you how many ;)) I asked her about her original recipe. Not the one you buy in the shop in powder but the real – original one (with only natural ingredients). Trust me … the taste of the natural one is far away from the one in powder.

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Mezze penne con Pesto Genovese

A simple and classic pesto Genovese is made in a ”mortaio”. Mortaio is an Italian common name for a bowl, usually made from stone, marble or wood (very heavy), used for making pesto Genovese. In case you do not have one in your house you may use a grinder. Pesto Genovese is perfect for pasta, on a bruschetta, as a pizza sauce, garnish for soups, or paired with grilled meats.

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Fusilli with Mussels alla Busara

Busara is a very common way for preparing seafood in Italy. It is an excellent, simple and delicious recipe. No matter which seafood you choose the main ingredients remains always the same. This way of preparation gives plenty of delicious juice, sometimes even more tempting than the main ingredient itself. There is an expression in Italy ”Fare la scarpetta” which means to mop up the sauce from a plate with a piece of bread. My husband always says that this is the best way to eat mussels alla busara.

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Authentic Italian recipe for Tiramisu’

Tiramisu’ is one of the most famous Italian desserts. It’s literal translation is ‘pick me up’ for the coffee that it contains. With its luscious layers of whipped cream, sweetened mascarpone mixture and savoiardi biscuits softened by their dip in liqueur-spiked espresso, it is a dream of a dessert indeed.

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Bruschetta – fresh summer appetizer for dinner party with friends

You will find around many recipes for bruschettas. But the classic one is my favourite. I can say that it is the best way to start a summer dinner party with friends accompanied with aperitivo Aperol Spritz. The mix of chopped fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil is the perfect combination to capture all summer garden flavours on toasted baguette.

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Caprese salad recipe

Caprese salad is a typical dish of the island of Capri. It recalls the 3 colours of italian flag. It is very easy to prepare. You will need only 10 minutes. With only 5 ingredients this salad is the perfect starter for summer light dinners.

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Bucatini all’Amatriciana original recipe

Amatriciana sauce, originating from the town of Amatrice (in Lazio region), is a traditional Italian pasta sauce based on guanciale (cured pork cheek), pecorino cheese and tomato sauce. Some people in Italy argue about flavouring the sauce with chilli peppers or not. The original recipe says that we should not put the spicy chili pepper in the sauce. Of course this is up to your personal taste – if you like spicy or not.

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Baby spinach with sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts

Do you know that days when you are bored about ”always the same”; salad. Without inspiration, without colour, without satisfaction … With today’s recipe I will show you that also a simple salad can be very good and tasty appetizer. As I usually say: choose best ingredients to prepare or cook best dishes. This salad will show it’s best only if you choose really good ingredients.

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Parmigiana recipe

Guess where does the name of the dish Parmigiana comes from? From Parmiggiano Reggiano cheese which gives to Parmigiana plate brown, crispy and tasty feeling :) The origin of the dish is claimed by both the Southern regions of Campania and Sicily (south Italy).

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Pasta Linguine with Ragu alla bolognese sauce

Pasta with Ragù alla Bolognese is my kids most favorite dish. They just love it … and I have to admit … I love it very much as well. Perhaps this pasta is the most famous Italian dish in the world. The preparation of this great recipe is very easy, but needs time (approx. 2 hours), right and local ingredients and a very good thick-bottomed heavy pot. Take your time and be prepared to taste something really delicious when ready.

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