Celebrating the Mediterranean Diet
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Celebrating the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet was ranked the number 1 diet in the world for the sixth consecutive year. This prestigious ranking, conducted by U.S. News and World Report at the close of 2023, involved the expertise of over 30 nutritionists, doctors, and epidemiologists. At Stop Italian Sounding, we’re hardly surprised by this accolade. However, beyond the…

Embrace Autumn: Creamy Butternut Squash Risotto
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Embrace Autumn: Creamy Butternut Squash Risotto

Indulge in the warmth of fall with a creamy butternut squash risotto (in Italian: risotto alla zucca), where creamy risotto meets the roasted butternut squash, creating a culinary symphony that captures the every aspect of the autumn season. This simple, yet delicious, dish showcases the Italian love for seasonal and comforting dishes. Here are the…

The Art of Hand-Cut Prosciutto: A Culinary Delight

The Art of Hand-Cut Prosciutto: A Culinary Delight

In the world of culinary arts, few things capture the essence of craftsmanship and flavor quite like hand-cut prosciutto. This age-old technique involves delicately slicing this Italian delicacy with a knife, allowing for unparalleled control and precision. Just like you could imagine, I’ve had a lot of prosciutto over the years; some better tasting than…

Healthy Habits from this Mediterranean Blue Zone
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Healthy Habits from this Mediterranean Blue Zone

In the midst of complex health regimens, the Netflix show “Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones” brings forth a a different perspective on longevity. A “Blue Zone” is a non-scientific term given to geographic regions that are home to some of the world’s oldest people. Exploring five Blue Zones areas in the world:…

Happy Carbonara Day!
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Happy Carbonara Day!

Carbonara Day is celebrated on April 6th, and invites food and Carbonara lovers alike to celebrate the classic Italian pasta dish made with egg, Pecorino Romano cheese, guanciale, and freshly ground black pepper. These are the only ingredients and it’s never made with peas, chicken, or cream. And no, “vegan Carbonara” doesn’t exist (it would be…

Chocolate inspired by secret love!
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Chocolate inspired by secret love!

Chances are you’ve had one before. I’m talking about the world famous Baci Perugina. The little, individually wrapped chocolates that each come with a little message; a message that was actually inspired by a secret love! The story starts over 100 years ago in Perugia, Italy. Once upon a time, the young chocolatier Luisa Spagnoli…

Have you ever eaten “Priest-chokers?”
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Have you ever eaten “Priest-chokers?”

We are talking about the strozzapreti; but why does it translate to priest-chokers? Well, the history of this pasta and its name is strongly connected to the political history of this region. In fact, its origins date back to the Papal domination of the region Emilia Romagna, but the first written reference to this recipe…

A cheese that Ancient Roman Emperors ate!
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A cheese that Ancient Roman Emperors ate!

Pecorino Romano is a cheese that has been around for more than 2,000 years! In fact, this cheese used to grace the tables of Ancient Roman emperors and nourish the Ancient Roman legionnaires. These soldiers depended on its nutritional value and ability which would last on extended marches who were allotted a daily ration of…