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Tagliata di Manzo (Beef Tagliata)

Tagliata di Manzo, or beef tagliata, is a simple but delicious dish served throughout Italy as a main course. The dish consists of perfectly seared high quality steak, accompanied by fresh spicy arugula and aged Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.  For this version, I used a good-sized filet mignon, but any other quality cut of beef will …

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Albondigas con Salsa de Almendras – Spanish Tapas Meatballs

Albondigas con Salsa de Almendras, or Spanish Tapas Meatballs in Almond Sauce is a traditional Spanish recipe.  It frequently appears on Spanish Tapas menus, which include an assortment of small appetizer portions of dishes meant to be shared (see more receipts below). A sauce made with almonds probably isn’t the first thing that comes to …

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Tortiglioni alla Vodka with Sausage

Pasta in Vodka Sauce (Pasta alla Vodka) is an Italian-American dish whose primary ingredients are tomato sauce, vodka and cream. I was initially reluctant to try this dish when I found it on menus, vodka? Really? While wine is most often used in making Italian sauces, the vodka in this dish actually adds a little …

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Chiftele – Romanian Meatballs

These traditional Romanian meatballs, called chiftele, are pretty unique, as well as being absolutely delicious. Most cuisines have their own version of ground meat rolled into a ball, but there are many regional differences in meatballs The ingredients and the spices in meatballs are a great indicator of the flavors that dominate a region’s cuisine. …

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