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  1. And here I am 14 years later and I finally made the cake again! The recipe for the cream above is truly foolproof! The chocolate cream, which mixes with the chocolate shavings that are used as decoration is divine and tastes just like how I remember it.... We make it with a yellow cake inside, and I still haven't found the correct cake for that -- it needs to be super light and airy. This time, I did it with a basic "pan di spagna" recipe and it was fine, but it wasn't good either. Will try again soon. 🙂
  2. You can probably get the powdered form though it’s not the same.
  3. 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.
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    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.
  5. 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!
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    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!
  7. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    I use these for Macaroni and Cheese a lot since we don't have macaroni here. Also sausage sauce.
  8. 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.
  9. I remember the Vietnamese food there being absolutely amazing. I sometimes want to jump on the plane just for some noodles!
  10. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    Looks amazing! Do you have a recipe you can share?
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    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
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    Breakfast 2021

    @blue_dolphin Your food is always so beautiful!
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    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.
  14. 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. 😛
  15. This is truly horrible to hear. My condolences to his family.
  16. 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.
  17. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    That looks divine and is something I totally miss. Do you have a recipe you love?
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    Lunch 2021

    Was it the evaporated milk? My family prefers stovetop, I have never tried it with evap milk.
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    Dinner 2021

    Officially back in Tuscany with a celebratory lunch! So there was a summer parmigiana, a plate of cheese and salumi with crostino nero (paté), and another with some kind of ricotta, pici with meat sauce, ravioli filled with braised beef, maltagliati with wild boar sauce and a sprinkling of panforte on top, vegetable soup, beef tartar, and a dessert of pastry cream, ricotta and crumble of brutti ma buoni cookies. Wine speaks for itself. 😅 was too hot for Brunello.
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    Dinner 2021

    In the middle of heat wave and needing to clean out fridge, we made a version of straccetti alla romana (normally you mix the arugula through so it wilts against the thin slices of beef (think carpaccio or steakums) and that happened after pic was snapped. We also cook the beef a little differently. And there’s a dollop of basil mayonnaise I needed to finish. And my version of insalata russa, which uses some of the tricks mentioned in the potato salad thread, like adding vinegar to hot potatoes. Italians normally put a TON of mayonnaise. But I keep it lighter.
  21. I have a ton of wineries to recommend for Etna if you decide to go. If you go to Catania, I agree about fish market. And I haven't been in about five years, but the pastries (cannolis etc) at Pasticceria Savia were amazing. Not to mention the arancini.
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    Dinner 2021

    Our last Lombard outing was in Franciacorta, where they do classic-method sparkling wine. I needed to visit a winery client for work so we added in a tasting and then ate at Lake Iseo. Though they do serve lake fish, this is what we ate. 😃 Pasta with lobster, mixed seafood, whole-roasted turbot and mixed fried stuff. Last pic: A Franciacorta vineyard in all its glory. A welcome gray day because it was super hot.
  23. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    @Kim ShookSo sorry about fall, I hope she feels better! And happy belated birthday!
  24. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    You will love it and Italy needs tourists! If you need any recommendations, let me know!
  25. ambra

    Dinner 2021

    My son made cottage pie on one of the cooler days here. Another day we made shrimp with angel hair.
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