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Italian Meats: Braising & Sauces

Italian Meat Preparations: Braising & Sauces   Apologies beforehand to all of our vegetarian patrons out there! For all of our omnivores and meat-lovers, tune in – today we’re exploring the arts of braising and sauces for meat in Italian cuisine. Throughout history, much of culinary innovation has come about because lower classes have figured out inventive ways to prepare …

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Spark Romance on Valentine’s Day with These Italian Foods!

[cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]Chocolate. Oysters. Honey. We’ve all heard about foods that have historically been considered aphrodisiacs. The word aphrodisiac comes from the Greek goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Foods with aphrodisiac qualities were believed to enhance appeal, provoke desire, and evoke love. …

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The Sauces of Italian Cuisine

Who was it that said “hunger is the best sauce”? It has been attributed to Socrates or Cicero or Miguel de Cervantes – whoever it was, they had the right idea! This is especially the case in Italian cuisine, where it’s easy enough to cook up a pasta – but it’s the sauce that makes all of the difference. “In …

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3 Classic Italian Dishes to Keep You Warm This Winter

[cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]Italy’s geography and position in Europe means that it experiences a variety of climate systems. Generally speaking, Italy’s location means that it experiences a typical Mediterranean climate: dry summers, and mild, moist winters. The northern regions of Italy are relatively cool …

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Healthy Italian Foods to Incorporate in the New Year

[cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]Recently, we found a new study that revealed “when eaten as part of a healthy Mediterranean diet, pasta is your weight-loss friend.” As we approach the new year, it’s the time to make resolutions. In 2015, Nielsen revealed that the top …

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This Holiday Season, Celebrate Italian Style

[cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]Last year, we explored the many different winter holiday celebrations traditional to Italy. December is a month full of feasts, rooted in religious tradition. Christmas celebrations in Italy usually begin over a week before the actual day of Christmas (December 25). …

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Happy Thanksgiving from Cucina Toscana

[cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”https://toscanaslc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/italian-thanksgiving-1.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 45px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text] Cucina Toscana –La Festa del Ringraziamento: Italian “Thanksgiving” Thanksgiving is …

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3 Favorite Italian Comfort Foods

[cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]It’s officially autumn in Salt Lake City, with lovely sunny days and the vibrant colors of leaves. With autumn, as temperatures begin to cool, we begin to crave comfort foods. From Merriam-Webster, comfort food is “food that is satisfying because it …

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New Study Reveals that Pasta is Good for You!

[cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]Yes – that’s right – your eyes do not deceive you. After years of being told to cut down on carbohydrates, such as breads and pastas, new studies have revealed that pasta, in fact, is not bad for you! While it …

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Italian Feast: All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

[cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px 5px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]We just had Halloween in the US – but did you know that Halloween is rooted in ancient traditions that extend beyond just the 31st of October? Around the world, during this time, there are festivals and celebrations commemorating the spirit …