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Frank Imbergamo cooks up a Sopranos treat4.50 out of 50 based on 2 voters.


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Our friend Frank Imbergamo has sent us a new video recipe. Frank is well known actor, chef and writer living in Boston who has played roles in movies like Grown Ups, Ted and R.I.P.D. and is currently working on three projects. This recipe is a special Sopranos inspired spicy shrimp with linguine and tomato sauce to celebrate the release for the first time of the complete Sopranos on Blu-ray. 

 

Buon appetito!

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Yesterday's sourdough pizza3.00 out of 50 based on 4 voters.


Yesterday's sourdough pizza @ 80% hydration. Very challenging, but very good too!

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Resia garlic - Aglio di Resia - Rosajanski strok3.67 out of 50 based on 3 voters.


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For a while I’ve wanted to write about the “Aglio di Resia” (the garlic from Resia valley) and what my Italian cousin Donatella is doing to bring this wonderful ingredient the fame it deserves, however I’ve always waited and waited, despite her numerous invitations to go there and see what’s going on. That is until this summer! I decided to spend some time in the north-east of Italy (the name of the region is Friuli Venezia Giulia), near the borders of Slovenia and Austria.

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A Visit to Suzzara3.50 out of 50 based on 2 voters.


In April I visited Italy just a week, to see the family and relatives. It happens that my brother lives in Suzzara (province of Mantova), just few miles from the river Po, the biggest river in Italy. Despite Suzzara being under the province of Mantova (in Italy provinces are like the counties here in the UK), their local food is strongly influenced by the nearby province of Modena. From Suzzara, cross the river and you are in the province of Modena.

Modena is in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and it is very close to Bologna, so you can imagine the type of food they eat there; real no-fuss-food. Local trattorias, both on the hills at the foot of the Apennini mountains and along the river Po are well known for serving "Tigelle" (also called Crescentine), "gnocco fritto" and "piadine romagnole". 

In the website we have already published the recipe for the gnocco fritto and the piadina romagnola, so give it a go but here I would like to talk about the tigelle - a topic which I have never covered before. Tigelle are similar to blinis, but a bit crispier. They are made more or less with the same ingredients used for the piadina romagnola, and then cooked is a special mold pan that allows to make more than one at a time. They are served very hot with a lard mix called "cunza" (cunza is a mix of lard, rosemary and garlic - cunza is also called Modena pesto) that you spread onto the tigelle. 

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Federico's been baking0 out of 50 based on 0 voters.


Federico has just been working on baking small baguettes with "poolish" a pre-ferment that allows for more complex flavours to develop. 

 

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(More photos in the gallery.)

 

Would you like Federico to share the secrets of making these delicious loaves? 

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Amazon free app of the day blows up our server!5.00 out of 50 based on 1 voters.


Blog | Italyum easy, authentic Italian recipes BigpromoOn the 16th January, we had the great honour of being featured as the Amazon free app of the day. In under a few hours, the app was downloaded 45,000 times and the stress on our web server caused a huge meltdown!

We were warned that the promotion would cause a fair bit of increased interest, so we prepared by moving most of the site onto a content distribution network. However, such was the demand for the app, that even this was unable to handle the hungry app enthusiasts! I sat at my computer all day monitoring the site, and all seemed well. But, just as I was about to break for dinner, a big surge of interest from Americans (presumably thinking about lunch) overwhelmed the server and it went up in a ball of flames (metaphorically I think.)

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New look, same great recipes0 out of 50 based on 0 voters.


We hope you like the new look to the site. Italyum has come a long way since it's creation in 2005.

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We thought that as the web becomes more sophisticated, we needed to update our site again. The redesign aims to:

  • Give more prominence to the step by step photos, without having to "click to enlarge."
  • Be easier to read on a variety of screen sizes.
  • Simplify finding what you want. The menu navigation is at the very top, and recipes are automatically sorted by popularity.
  • Improve the search function.
  • Keep the great search engine position of Italyum

 

So far so good. The response we have had is really positive, and the information about how people are using the new site is really encouraging. Since the redesign, people are staying around 50% longer on  the site. What do you think about the redesign?

 

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Federico Pezzaioli is an ex-badass Italian Paratrooper on a mission - to make creating delicious authentic Italian food really easy. He researches, writes and photographs each recipe with the same attention to detail he used to apply to packing his parachute.
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