Tag Archives: Italy

Quick Blood Orange Jam with Aperol

March 28, 2017

During orange season, I make this blood orange jam pretty often. It is simply a perfect spread for breakfast and brunch and makes a great hostess gift. Being from Austrian, right next to Italy, means growing up with Aperol Spritz and other drinks made of the famous Italian aperitif. The flavors of Aperol and fresh blood orange blend so well that it would almost be a shame not to spread… continue reading »

Italian Amaretti Cookies

December 26, 2016

These Italian amaretti cookies have a crunchy crust and a chewy center. I love to eat this Italian classic year round, especially when served with a cup of “Melange”, the most famous Viennese coffee with lots of milk foam on top. I prefer these cookies with a chewy center but feel free to bake them a little longer to get a crunchy cookie all the way. Store them in an… continue reading »

Stovetop Veggie Frittata

September 21, 2016

If I need a quick lunch or dinner, I make frittata. If I have to empty out the fridge, I make frittata. If I don’t know what to cook, I make frittata. As you can notice, there is a pattern here. I make frittatas a lot. Not only is it a very easy and quick dish to make, but you can use whatever veggies you have on hand. Since I… continue reading »

Millet Bowl w/ Soy-Tahini glazed Tofu and Semi-Dried Tomatoes

August 25, 2016

Nothing lives up more to hot summer days than this summer grain salad. It’s a perfect lunch on hot days as well as it’s a mouthwatering addition to picnics and potlucks. Once the millet is cooked and cooled it’s a matter of minutes to get the bowl ready. Since you will need to use cooled millet, it’s easiest if you cook it the day before, or at least a couple… continue reading »

Semi-Dried Tomatoes (Oven-Dried)

August 11, 2016

Tomatoes simply taste best when they are at the peak of ripeness in summer. Juicy and, you know, full of tomato flavor – unlike their siblings from the winter season, which taste watery and bland. Sun-dried tomatoes are a great way to preserve tasty summer tomatoes. After drying, they can be used any time of the year and will still taste great. To  make sun-dried tomatoes, ripe tomatoes are left… continue reading »

Torta Caprese (Flourless Chocolate Cake)

November 25, 2014

This authentic Italian treat is one of the most amazing chocolate cakes I’ve ever tried – and I call myself an expert when it comes to chocolate cake. The name Torta Caprese origins from the Italian island Capri where it’s said that a chef forgot to add flour into the cake batter. He served the cake anyway and customers liked it so much that the Torta Caprese was born. The cake… continue reading »

Risotto with Avocado and Arugula

September 30, 2014

Being Austrian basically means eating a lot of Italian food. In fact: Austrians and Swiss eat more pasta than Italians themselves. So Austria is, and always has been, a big melting pot absorbing all the food of its neighbor-countries. Risotto is one of my favorites though – besides pasta, pasta and pasta. It is easy to prepare, great to modify (asparagus, pumpkin or mixed veggies) and since you need some wine for the preparation,… continue reading »