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Authentic Italian Cooking at Home

{Guest post by Marissa – The Boot Blog}


The Italian cooking motto is simple; change as little as possible from the garden to the table. In fact, authentic Italian food is never packed with spices or garlic-laden (as Italian food imitators want us believe).

A simple slice of tomato with a drizzle of olive oil and a sliver of mozzarella lets you really taste the earth in that tomato, the milk in the mozzarella. The best way to cook like an Italian is to use the freshest ingredients, including fresh herbs.

Fresh herbs can take a normal meal to new heights, so here are some suggestions to add some Italian authenticity to your next meal! 

Basil: The most Italian of herbs!
For the best flavor, be sure to add basil towards the end of the cooking process. (Heat kills off the aroma!)
On pizza, pasta, rice, in salads, in meat marinades, in lemonade, as a secret ingredient to fruity desserts, and, of course, in pesto.  
Sage: Italians love burro e salvia, or butter and sage on pasta.
In a saucepan, heat up some butter and when it starts to sizzle, place in your fresh sage leaves. Simmer on low heat for a few minutes until it becomes fragrant. Pour over fresh egg pasta.
Rosemary: Roasted potatoes with fresh rosemary is a standard side dish here and so easy to make.
Chop potatoes and toss with salt, olive oil and fresh rosemary. Bake until golden and crispy.
Currently trending is the addition of rosemary to cocktails!
Grow Rosemary
Oregano: It’s used as a pizza herb, generally stirred dry into sauce, but try this trick instead – once your pizzas come out of the oven, sprinkle fresh oregano on top and the steam from the hot pizza will amplify the fragrance.

I hope you love these ideas, and if you’re looking for more authentic Italian cooking, check out my e-cookbook: ten [easy] italian recipes!

Marissa Boot Blog


Food, Life and Love in Italy is the tag line Marissa uses to describe her blog, The Boot.
Just days away from marrying the man of her dreams, Marissa is an American who moved to Italy in 2008. Marissa, and her soon-to-be husband Manu, live in Barletta, Italy – a little town on the Adriatic coast in Puglia.
She shares her wonder and love for her new home, cultural and food tit bits. While I am visiting Italy she is sharing some of the things that she has learnt since moving there. Thanks Marissa! I am so pleased that you agreed to visit.
While I set this plan this post to go live (prior to my trip) I am already thinking about how soon it will be before I can plan a longer one to truly explore the country I have always wanted to visit. Maybe next time we can meet in person for un espresso Marissa?
What is your favorite Italian herb and what is your favorite way to use it?
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