Artichokes Etruscan Way Recipe

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAArtichoke -Carciofi is one of the most interesting and special vegetables we eat in Italy.It takes a moment to be prepared, to be cooked but the final result is so good.Every time we start working with them we think how somebody decided to cook with them. Anyway the time they need is worthwhile for  this beautiful Tuscan recipes Continue reading

ITALIAN FIRST COURSES YOU CAN’T MISS!

Il “Primo Piatto” in Italia , traditional Italian first dish .The first courses are fundamental in Italian cooking and especially during  Italian cooking classes at Toscana Mia. You will find fresh pasta with eggs,  risotto, soups and potato gnocchi Continue reading

Top 10 Herbs to cook Italian 8.Bay leaf

Alloro 1Bay leaf was highly praised by the Greeks and the Romans, who  believed that the herb symbolizes wisdom, peace, and protection.That’s why still nowadays  after  getting the university degree we wear a laurel crown. Continue reading

Top 10 herbs to cook Italian.7 Tarragon

 

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Why this name for the most typically used in Tuscan Sienna area herb ? In its leaves seems to see the tongue of a dragon Tarragon probably arrived in Tuscany in 774 in the wake of Charlemagne , and here it was planted and cultivated in the garden of Sant’Antimo Abbey . Since then it has always been used fresh with eggs, most vegetables and in salads .

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Top 10 herbs to cook Italian. 6 Chives

DSC_1535-1Chives=Erba Cipollina The Italian name erba cipollina, which means onion grass, says everything about this nice and good looking herb. Chives used for culinary purposes as a flavoring herb, and provide a somewhat milder taste, so perfect for those who dislike onions Continue reading

Top 10 herbs to cook Italian. 5 Oregano

Oregano = origano

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I had never thought that oregano may be a heavily discussed topic.

If I name oregano, everybody thinks of pizza. While in fact it’s used for many dishes such as the Penne agli Aromi Pasta with Aromatic Herbs Continue reading

Top 10 herbs to cook Italian 4 Basil= Basilico

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Basil “is” immediately smell of cooking, reminds us of Mediterranean food,speaks Italian and is usually tied hand in glove to pizza … Its name derives from the greek basileus which means “king grass”. Continue reading

Top 10 herbs to cook Italian 3 Parsley = Prezzemolo

 

Italian Parsley

PREZZEMOLO ,meaning Italian parsley.This aromatic herb in used in cooking in almost everydish or, at least, in most dishes-It’s used to flavour food,to create sauces and to decorate. Continue reading

Top 10 herbs to cook Italian – 1. Sage = Salvia

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Too often, herbs and spices were considered, in Italian Cooking, simple additions, optional ingredients to use in some occasion or when you remember. 
Yet herbs and spices can be crucial for the success of a dish, and they are perfect in healthy food for their therapeutic properties Continue reading