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Slow-cooked green beans in a tomato sauce

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You may say that you like your green beans to be firm and crunchy, but after tasting this dish you may also appreciate their sweet, melt-in-the-mouth quality when slow cooked.
schiacciata-alla-fiorentina
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Carnival Sponge Cake

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Schiacciata alla Fiorentina is a fluffy, delicately scented Mardi Gras cake. It is one of the dairy-free desserts that we make during our cooking courses in Italy.
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Certaldo Onion Soup

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Our local town, Certaldo, had been famous for almost a thousand years for its delicious red onions. A group of local farmers has been growing them and popularising them again. They are used in many dishes. One of the most popular is this simple, warming soup.
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Orange and chocolate cake

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This is a typical Sephardic Passover cake, which has various versions, made throughout the Mediterranean.
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Pasta with broccoli

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This is a quick, healthy and tasty dish originally from southern Italy which has many possible variations (some add anchovies, some boil the broccoli in the pasta water etc).
pumpkin-risotto
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Risotto

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The best types of rice for making risotto are: Arborio, Carnaroli and Vialone nano. These have round grains and are starchy, becoming creamy when cooked.
minestrone
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Springtime Minestrone

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A slow-cooked minestrone made with fresh seasonal ingredients and served with good bread is a healthy and delicious dinner or lunch.
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Stracotto ~ Tuscan “Overcooked” Beef

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The vegetables in this slow cooked dish produce a velvety-textured sauce which goes perfectly with the tender meat.
asparagus-sauce
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Asparagus sauce for pasta

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Asparagus is available for only a very short season. We love it and try to eat it in as many ways as possible before the long wait for the next harvest.