Tag Archives: Italy

Easy, Super-Creamy Mushroom Risotto

April 20, 2020

This mushroom-brie risotto is my go-to risotto: It is creamy, delicious, and easy to make. The risotto is made without wine for a straightforward everyday use. Easy, Super-Creamy Mushroom Risotto was last modified: April 21st, 2020 by Ursula

Quick Basil Gnocchi

March 18, 2020

These super simple basil gnocchi are often my life-saver. If there is no time to cook or if I simply don’t feel like cooking, this is one of my go-to dishes. Why? It’s ready in no time, 10 minutes maximum, and you’ll only need 3 ingredients for the basic version – 6 ingredients make it a fancy version. Quick Basil Gnocchi was last modified: March 18th, 2020 by Ursula

Quick and Easy Italian Focaccia

June 22, 2018

Learn how to make a thick, soft, and fluffy focaccia. It’s not dense or chewy at all. This focaccia has a fine crumb and a tender crust, which makes it a perfect side for BBQs, the perfect bread to go along with hummus, or simply to use for an Italian-style sandwich.   We just returned from a few days of vacation in southern Italy, which is only a short hop… continue reading »

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… 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… 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 cake has a thin hard shell covering a moist interior. The finely ground almonds (almond flour) give it a nice flavor and bite.   The name Torta Caprese origins from the Italian island Capri where it’s said that a chef forgot… 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 »