Brasato al Barolo is one of the classic, elegant Piemontese dishes, and really does require a hearty red wine, ideally Barolo (though you could use other hearty red wines, e.g. Chianti, Brunello, or Taurasi), to come out right. Save it for a special occasion, and you'll be quite pleased with the results.
Florentine Love Knot Cookies :There are many regional variations of these sweet fried confections. The best-known Carnival pastries are Cenci (the word means rags), whose many aliases include Frappe, Chiacchere (gossips), Lattughe (lettuce leaves) and Nastrini (ribbons), while they are also called the more poetic "Lover’s Knots." They are very pretty when carefully made.. To make a batch you'll need:
A Sicilian recipe that I received from a "new" friend.
If you use ready made bread crumbs add extra garlic and fresh parsley.
Use good quality Veal which is sliced and pounded out
Cheese can be grated or in matchstick slices
Florentine style Baccalà, or Baccalà alla Fiorentina: This is one of the basic recipes for baccalà and has an enormous number of variations. Some add a half a minced onion to the garlic, and still others fry the fish separately and drain it thoroughly, adding it to the sauce at the last minute. No matter how you make it, it's good. To serve 4: