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Italian Cuisine is Not Just Pizza and Spaghetti

Italian cuisine is much more than just the usual fare of pizza and spaghetti that we are all familiar with. It is actually comparable in complexity and sophistication to French cuisine. Various regions in Italy have different interpretations of dishes but there are characteristics of Italian cooking that distinguishes it apart from others in the Mediterranean. Italian cuisine is not very vegetarian friendly. Many of its dishes feature meat as their main ingredient. The Umbria, Marche and Basilicata regions are noted for their heavy use of pork and sausage in their trademark dishes. Northern Italy is famous for its excellent bacon. More exotic fare is used in the island of Sardinia as wild boar and suckling pig is widely used there. Italy's rural regions also make extensive use of mutton and lamb. Italian cured meats - locally referred to as "salumi" - is known throughout the world. Beef, pork, veal and even goat are all turned into various cured meats that are mainstays in every Italian kitchen. Salting, sm...


Tips For The Perfect Party -- Flatware, Serving Dishes, And A Buffet

Entertaining family and friends is a joy, but getting the party started can be a little stressful. Have you ever said the following to yourself?* It's too exhausting cooking for a crowd!* I'm just too busy to put a party together!* I have to work the entire party and never get to enjoy myself!If you have ever had these thoughts, there is a one word solution to your party dilemma -- "buffet." A buffet with stylish flatware can be simple and chic, offering you an easy way to make your party the talk of the town. The best way to enjoy your own party is by not "over thinking" it. Plan a simple, attractive, and stress-free buffet that takes care of itself so you can be a part of your event instead of being stuck "behind the scenes." The following tips will keep your buffet on track to ensure a successful party that is also fun for you.Choose Your Flatware And Serving PiecesThe day before your party, collect your serving dishes, platters, utensils, and flatware. Don't be afraid to mix and match your serving piec...


Wine and Food Pairings - Which Wine to Serve with Dinner

Most people love to throw dinner parties for their friends and family. But, they may avoid serving wine because they do not know exactly what to serve. Do you serve red or white with fish? Will Merlot be okay if you are serving a Mexican dish? Do not stress over it - there are some basic wine rules you can follow. The number one rule of thumb when choosing wine is "red wine with red meat, white wine with white meat. " This is not always true, but it generally works quite well when you are unsure. One exception is chicken. The meat is white, but a nice fruity red wine goes well with it. The same can be said for tuna or salmon, so you do not have to always follow the rule of not serving red wine with fish. The second rule is the rule of complements. It is okay to match sweet seafood such as lobster with a sweet white wine. The next rule is the opposites attract. While you usually want to match like flavors, sometimes a contrast, such as a White Bordeaux with bluefish can be wonderful. Outside of t...


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