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September 9, 2017

By Peg Kern

Why Bologna (Not Baloney)

Filed Under  Destination Feature

The Emilia Romagna region is the home to some of our favorite cooking vacations in Italy, and also to a lot of gastronomic wonders: prosciutto, parmigiano, tortellini, Bolognese sauce. And also that delectable treat, mortadella, known to Americans as "Baloney" (Bologna), but ever so much better than what you'll find in an Oscar Mayer package. The center of it all is Bologna, a city that can be pronounced as old… Read
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May 4, 2017

By Peg Kern

Types of Stuffed Pastas

Filed Under  Destination Feature, Food History

Italy has so many pasta shapes it's almost impossible to name them all. We've been talking about Emilia Romagna this week, and as one of the culinary capitals of the world it should come as no surprise how many types of pasta hail from this wonderful region. But each region of Italy has its own distinctive pasta shapes and dishes, and we love pretty much all of them! Sometimes it… Read
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May 1, 2017

By Peg Kern

Why Emilia Romagna is the Perfect Foodie Destination

Filed Under  Destination Feature, Food History

This week we're focusing on one of our favorite regions of Italy - Emilia Romagna. Home to more P.D.O. (D.O.P.) and P.G.I. (I.P.G.) products than any other in Europe (in all of Europe!), it is a food lover's dream. First, what is a P.D.O.? It is in English a product of "Protected Designation of Origin", or "Denominazione di Origine Protetta" (D.O.P.) in Italian. And a "P.G.I." is a product of… Read
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October 14, 2016

By Liz SanFilippo

A Bolognese Sauce Recipe from Emilia Romagna

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Emilia Romagna has a lot of different nicknames. The Italian region -- north of Tuscany -- has been called the "motor valley" as its the home to cars like Ferrari and Maserati; the "wellness valley" as its a wonderful place for spa visits and bike tours; and the "food basket" of Italy. In other words, there are plenty of reasons to visit this beautiful valley on a foodie vacation in… Read
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October 12, 2016

By Liz SanFilippo

The Cured Meats of Emilia Romagna

Filed Under  Food History

There's nothing quite like the cured meats of Emilia Romagna if you are on one of our foodie trips in Italy. While the northern region of Italy is known for quite a few delicacies and dishes, and a variety of preserved products -- even tomato paste! -- it's often the cured hams that draw people to this beautiful land: not only to see how they're made, but also to taste… Read
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October 11, 2016

By Liz SanFilippo

Interview with Chef Stefano of our Bologna Cooking Vacation

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Even Italians who aren't from Emilia Romagna often find themselves saying that this Italian region - known for its charcuterie, bread, and so much more -- has the best cuisine in all of Italy, which you can experience on our Bologna cooking vacation. In other words, if you're a foodie, then Emilia-Romagna should be at the top of your bucket list. But don't just take our word for it; Chef… Read
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