Fears of Being a Mother

Fears of Being a Mother

Photo Credit: Michelle Aschbacher Photography  Pepper’s due date is in two weeks. TWO WEEKS! Soon Mr. Italicano and I will meet our daughter. As the days to her arrival become closer, I’ve been reflecting a lot on what this transition means for me and trying to...

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November 4, 2017

Babymoon in Florence


Babymoons are an ever growing travel trend: one last getaway for parents-to-be before the little one arrives. While most couples take this trip together to get in some alone time, Mr. Italicano and I decided to take ours separately with friends. Since we work together we have the advantage of spending a lot of time […]


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October 28, 2017

5 Essential Tools for Making Handmade Pasta Like an Italian


HANDMADE PASTA IN ITALY The art of making handmade pasta is an important Italian tradition. Although recipes for fresh pasta vary from region to region, (the type of flour, eggs, water, olive oil and salt are all variable elements) one commonality is that this antique practice originated in households using the simplest of ingredients and […]


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September 21, 2017

Mini Farro Tarts


Sorry for dropping off the map! Mr. Italicano, Baby Italicana and I spent over a month in the USA visiting my family ❤ and doing cooking classes and demos around Seattle, Portland and in Virginia for Caruccio’s and Smeg USA. Now we’re back in Italy, and I’ve been aching to write a recipe post, so […]


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August 11, 2017

We’re Having a…


Baby girl! ❤ We are so excited. Little Baby Italicana is joining our family, our team. Details below on how we found out, Baby Italicana’s name ❤, flying pregnant and a calendar of our USA cooking tour around Seattle and Portland! We hope to see you in person at one or more of these […]


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July 7, 2017

Beet Hummus Recipe + 17 Week Pregnancy Update


Hey friends! Thank you so much for your comments, emails and messages to my and Mr. Italicano’s baby announcement last week! We are over the moon about becoming parents and starting this new beautiful, challenging and rewarding adventure. First let’s talk about this amazing beet hummus recipe that has been rocking my world lately, and […]


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June 29, 2017

Guess What… I’m…


Pregnant! There is a little Baby Italicano/a on the way! We can’t wait to find out if it’s a boy, which will make him Baby ItalicanO or if it’s a girl, Baby ItalicanA. Finally, we will have a little helper in the kitchen and I’ll have my own little food critique to make sure that those […]


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June 15, 2017

Farro Pancakes with Whipped Cream, Strawberries and Maple Syrup


Cheers for homemade pancakes! And, cheers to video recipes that show you how to make these fluffy little gems in just 47 seconds. Life just got good. 🙂 Ok, well, this video is in Italian so you may have to put your student cap on for a minute but don’t fear, the English instructions and […]


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May 24, 2017

Elba Island in May: Unplug and Recharge


This weekend Mr. Italicano and I finally gave ourselves 3 days of rest. We took advantage of visiting our client in Tuscany, then continued south towards the beautiful Island of Elba. On the way we stopped at the picturesque hillside town of San Gimignano–a truly magical place. We ate lunch outside at a small restaurant […]


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May 13, 2017

Beet Crepes with Ricotta, Blood Oranges and Pistachios


Farro beet crepes! As you can imagine, these beautiful crepes are naturally colored with beet puree. They are the perfect dish for Mother’s Day brunch. Ever since I learned how easy it is to naturally color my food, I have been experimenting more and more in my kitchen. I love the esthetic look of colored […]


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April 28, 2017

Gluten-Free Mini Blueberry Muffins


Yes! Gluten-free mini blueberry muffins that actually taste amazing! Guys, you are going to love these. Whether or not you follow a gluten-free diet or you just want to mix up your diet with other healthy flour substitutes, these gluten-free mini blueberry muffins are so delicious that you will be too busy having a second […]


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April 18, 2017

Farro Beet Soup with Greek Yogurt, Pistachios & Orange Zest


I’m obsessed with this farro beet soup with Greek yogurt, pistachios and orange zest. Mr. Italicano is too. He even forgot that that he doesn’t like beets! This post is sponsored by Poggio del Farro. I created the recipe, photos and video—which you can also find on their website along with many other delicious farro […]


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April 10, 2017

Homemade Matcha Pasta with Spinach, Lemons and Zucchini


Easter is a week away! What better way to celebrate than to serve up a beautiful green pasta dish to your family and friends. This homemade matcha pasta with spinach, lemons and zucchini is a great vegetarian meal and, if you want to add some protein, you can top with grilled shrimp. Either way, it’s […]


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March 25, 2017

Spring Farro Salad


Spring is officially here! What better way to kick off this season than with a delicious spring farro salad that is easy to make and packed with flavor. Plump chewy and lovely nutty farro grains are the star of this recipe. Farro is an ancient grain high in protein that is grown in Emilia-Romana, Tuscany and […]


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March 12, 2017

Upcoming Cooking Shows: The Easy Way To Prepare Ancient Grains


Mr. Italicano and I have just arrived in the USA! Over the next two weeks we’ll be in Chicago and New York City, doing a variety of “Ancient Grain Farro Cooking Shows” with Smeg USA at Williams-Sonoma, Eataly, Bloomingdales and the IHA trade show. For complete details you can check out my event calendar. I […]


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March 8, 2017

Homemade Saffron Gnocchi


So what does International Women’s Day and homemade saffron gnocchi have in common? Well, if you have ever visited Italy on this day, this dish may remind you of the mimosa spring that is given to women to celebrate March 8th,, La Festa delle Donne. All throughout Italy, you’ll find this lovely yellow blossom handed to […]


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