California Cooking

When we were on the train from Florence, rolling through the Italian countryside we passed through the food regions of Tuscany, including the town of Parma. While we were able to sample many regional ingredients while in Florence, I hope to go back to explore some more. There are cheese making classes and balsamic tasting […]

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Let’s face it, mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, and balsamic make the best combination ever. I love combining them on a bruschetta (if I’m not doing pesto bruschetta), I enjoy throwing them together in a caprese dip, and they can take a boring chicken dinner to a whole new level. This recipe calls for cooking your chicken […]

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10 minute spaghetti is something that we brought back with us from Italy. One of the things I was most impressed with when we were in Italy, was how quickly the chefs were able to make pasta. It was an everyday practice for them. We could be in and out of a little bistro and […]

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I love having guests over. I usually go way over the top with far too many courses or buffets filled with food. Sometimes though, you have busy days where you need something that you can make ahead of time, that will feed a lot of people. This giant bowl of Arugula Pasta SaladĀ gave us about […]

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Some days call for brightly colored, delicious dishes of pasta. Lighten it California style by loading it up with tons of veggies and ricotta instead of a cream sauce. All of these posts about Italy leave me constantly craving delicious pasta and Italian cheese. This tortellini dish is packed full of zucchini, tomatoes, and melded […]

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Lemon Risotto from Sorento, Italy | www.sweetteasweetie.com

I’ll be honest, I was a little intimidated to try making lemon risotto for the first time. Risotto takes a lot of attention. Luckily I had my husband as my incredible sous chef and we managed to pull it off. I know that for experienced Italian chefs, this process should take no more than 18 […]

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