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MOSTO ARDENTE – ARTISANS IN PIEMONTE

 ITALIAN MUSTARD AND HOT SAUCE? THE STORY OF MOSTO ARDENTE I always wondered why Italians didn’t seem to eat a lot of mustard and also why it wasn’t so commonly planted in the vineyards like it is in Napa and Sonoma. I love mustard so I was so happy to...

Summer Piedmont Wine Pairing

SUMMER PIEDMONT WINE PAIRINGS Piedmont wines include so much more than just big complex Barolo and Barbarescos! Many Piemontese varietals are great for drinking in the hot summer months and I would like to share those with you and suggest some summer food pairings to...

All You Need To Know About Polenta!

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT POLENTA! Sometimes Northern Italians were called “Polentoni” (Polenta heads) as a derogatory term by the Southerners who never ate Polenta! In fact, we often eat polenta when we go up to the higher altitudes in the alpine valleys...

Italian Thanksgiving Foods To Try!

ITALIAN THANKSGIVING FOODS INSTEAD OF CORNBREAD – TRY POLENTA Polenta is often eaten in Northern Italy, especially in the mountain valleys. You can make it into a creamy style with sauces like cheesy fondue or sausage ragu. My mother in law loves to make it as a...

What Is Cognà?

WHAT IS COGNA’? Cognà or cugnà depending on where you live is a delicious mix between a jam and a chutney. It is an old recipe from the Langhe in Piemonte where locals would take hard Fall fruit like quince, madernassa pears and rennet apples and reduce them...