Welcome back to the week in Italian food. As Christmas and end-of-the-year holidays are officially over with the coming of La Befana and the Epiphany, recipes this week turn to comfort foods to get us through the winter and until the next holiday: Carnival. Lots of soups are included in this week's links, and then there are a few other comfort foods and two desserts to start out the year. Enjoy & Buon Appetito!
My Choice for This Week's Top 10 Italian Food Recipes:
Cazzilli - Crocche di Patate - Manus Menu
Lentil Soup with Turkey & Shrimp Polpette - Volevo Fare lo Chef (Italian & English)
Minestra Maritata - Napoli Unplugged
Ribollita - Under the Tuscan Gun
Polenta Taragna - Quatro Fromaggio and Other Disgraces on the Menu
Biancomangiare: The Art of Renaissance Comfort Food - Emiko Davies
Lasagne alla Bolognese - Due Spaghetti
Chocolate Salami - Italian Food Forever
Ciambellone: A Favorite Cake to Welcome the New Year - Domenica Cooks
The Befana Comes by Night - i-Italy
Beautiful Liguria Meets Puglia Cuisine - Beautiful Liguria
Bakery in Rome: Sicilia e duci - Browsing Rome
Poggio di Sotto 2006 Rosso di Montalcino - Do Bianchi
Upcoming Food and Wine Festivals in Italy:
Cioccolentino 2012 - February 10 to 14, 2012 - Terni - Chocolate festival and more in the Umbrian town half way between Rome and Perugia
Fiera del Cioccolato Artigianale - February 10 to 19, 2012 - Florence - Artisanl chocolate festival
Carnevale di Venezia -February 11 to 21, 2012 - Venice - Not really a food and wine festival, but it is a festival, one where the entire floating city becomes a stage, that one should attend at least once in a life time.
Cioccola-To - March 2 to 11, 2012 - Turin - Italian chocolates & more, with a focus on the chocolatiers of Turin, fill the Piazza Vittorio Veneto.
VinItaly - March 25 to 28, 2012 - Verona - Italy's largest wine exposition
Events in Tuscany - Site listing many events throughout Tuscany, and not only food and wine
Events in the Langhe area of Piedmont - Site from the Alba Tourist office listing many festivals, mostly wine & food, happening in the Langhe area of Piedmont