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Truffles: Mushroom-like fungus that grows underground. There are several varieties, the most common being the Italian white truffle and the French black truffle. Most people know truffles are very expensive even if they don’t know exactly what they are. They … Continue reading
Pesto: Sauce traditionally made with basil, garlic, olive oil, pine nuts and parmesan cheese; Italian. Pesto is becoming more and more popular creeping on up there with tomato sauce and alfredo sauce as stuff people like on their pasta. Just … Continue reading
Orecchiette: Pronounced or-eck-ee-eh-tay; Pasta variety; Italian. It is infinitely easier to remember what type of pasta this is when you know that it literally translates to “small ear.” It looks like a weirdo shaped ear or kind of like if … Continue reading
Arancini: Pronounced air-on-chee-nee; Rice balls! Sicilian. This is an exciting one for me because they are not that common in the US but everyone would probably think they are SO GOOD!! I hope they take off like mozzarella sticks did. … Continue reading
Chimichurri: Parsley sauce that usually tops meat; Argentinean. Basically a Latin American pesto but used on steak or chicken rather than pasta, etc. Typical ingredients include parsley, oregano, garlic, oil, vinegar and pepper but as long as there’s parsley, oil … Continue reading
Fennel: Green herb that grows from a bulb into stalks with little wispies (“fronds”) on the ends. Tastes like anise/licorice. Okay, I had to get you a picture of this because fennel is just the weirdest-looking thing and difficult to … Continue reading
Prosciutto: Pronounced pruh-shoot-oh; Type of ham; Italian These guys have become pretty popular round these parts. You’ll see prosciutto on pizzas, in pastas and served as an appetizer. It’s basically a dry Italian ham that they slice up reeeeeal real … Continue reading