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  1. You can probably get the powdered form though it’s not the same.
  2. The things that come to mind can't be packed in a suitcase, but I think I would bring back pane carasau, fregola and Vernaccia di Oristano, I use the latter as an alternative to Marsala in many recipes. Can you bring bottarga or would that be off limits? That said, GOOD Marsala (Not grocery store crap) from Sicily as well as anchovies from Sicily. And tuna, oregano, pistacchios, almonds, capers, sun-dried tomatoes, torrone. The things I would say from Rome are all to be eaten fresh.
  3. ambra

    Pasta Shapes

    These are not the same, but they do remind me a lot of sagne torte, which you find it Puglia. I love them.
  4. I had never been to the Five Guys in the US but went to the one in Milan and enjoyed it well enough, just because I hadn't had a crappy American fast food burger in ages. There is also a Steak n Shake (which I also didn't know) and that one was better though. The Berlin write-up has been so fun! I went the summer before locked down and I loved it. And now I just wante to go back. 😀 It's all your fault! 🤭 Coincidentally, I'm told that all of the Doner Kebab meat in Italy comes pre-made from Germany. I don't know if that's true, but that's what they say!
  5. ambra

    US Thanksgiving 2021

    I hear you! For the past few years, my family --alone because of the pandemic -- couldn't find a single dish they were willing to give up. I hope it will all be wonderful and delicious and as stress-free as possible, Kim!
  6. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    I use these for Macaroni and Cheese a lot since we don't have macaroni here. Also sausage sauce.
  7. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    I agree it can be a little much after a few bites. In fact, a classic can be frozen peas and bits of ham with parmigiano crust.
  8. I remember the Vietnamese food there being absolutely amazing. I sometimes want to jump on the plane just for some noodles!
  9. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    Looks amazing! Do you have a recipe you can share?
  10. ambra

    Favorite Risotto?

    Oh boy, where do I begin? (We love risotto around here.) I agree wholeheartedly that the broth you use is everything. If it is good quality, as are the butter and cheese, you don't even need to add anything! Another citrusy one is leek risotto with lemon zest and scented with rosemary. Another delicious one is radicchio. Can also be finished with some sort of white cheese. Risotto with shrimp (Can be with tomato or with zucchini or with saffron.) Risotto with calamari Risotto with mixed seafood (clams, mussels, shrimp calamari) Risotto with saffron is delicious with pieces of sausage. Instead of Milanese style it's called Monzese (a city outside Milan). Risotto with pear and pecorino (or gorgonzola or taleggio) is popular here (but I don't like it). Spring Risotto with new spring veg Truffle risotto Asparagus risotto
  11. ambra

    Breakfast 2021

    @blue_dolphin Your food is always so beautiful!
  12. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    Oddly, I've never met a "drunken" pasta I liked. But most people are really drawn to it over here. I've not been posting much as I keep forgetting to photograph the food. Plus many, many moving snafus and we are finally just getting settled. But here is yesterday's dinner out. Here you have a yummy rose (though alcohol felt strong); truffles and egg on toast (you might have realized by now that any time truffles are available I get them. ); Cantabrico anchovies with Burrata; a mixed antipasto plate with pappa al pomodoro in the center (tomato and old bread soup); stuffed rabbit; "Nana al forno" (Roast duck Arezzo-style) served with roast potatoes and veg not shown. There are three "fegatelli" ( liver wrapped in caul fat and sage then stewed) on top; and finally a coffee bavarese. And then the wine selection. No wine list, you have to get up and go choose. Which I love.
  13. I love this kind of stuff! But I sadly have little to add. We made pigs in blankets with one of those canned croissant things and the kids thought they were the best thing ever. haha. My audience is easy. 😛
  14. This is truly horrible to hear. My condolences to his family.
  15. There are many recipes in Italy and they don't all call for tomato sauce. P.S. I don't really like Giallo Zafferano. I never use it at all. But they have some recipes too.
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