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The 'A's of Italian Cooking

Updated on May 18, 2011

Whether you are entertaining, traveling to Italy for business or pleasure, to lavish in recreational Italian, or to simply learn Italian cooking references, you came to the right place. I found these to be helpful, especially the enunciation. So let me start you off with the letter 'A' and continue through the alphabet over the next week or so. Get ready for what can be a whole new world of words and their meaning!

"A" for.....

abbacchio ~(ah.bah.kyo) tender young spring lamb, often weighing no more than six pounds. Abbacchio al forno (oven baked lamb) is a specialty of Rome.

affumicato ~( smoked

agnolotti ~(ah.nyo.lo.tee) 'little big lambs.' Dough dumplings stuffed with meat and other ingredients. A speciality of Turin.

al dente ~(ahl den.tay) 'to the tooth.' Term used to indicate macaroni products that are not overcooked.

al forno ~ (ahl 'in the oven.'

amaretti ~ ( 'little bitter ones.' Macaroons, usually made with almond paste.

anaci~(ah.nah.chee) Anise

anguilla ~(ahn.gwee.lah) Eel

antipasto ~ (ahn.tee.pah.sto) 'before meal.' General term used for appetizers or hors-d'oeuvres.

arancini ~ (ah.rahn.chee.nee)'little oranges.' Name given to a rice and meat dish of Sicily.

arista ~ (ah.rees.tah) pork loin or back.

See you tomorrow....with "B" to be provided.


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      Patti Cuomo 21 months ago

      You are amazing. This is so wonderful to know. Thank you for sharing, and keep it going.

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      heidimariahelena 6 years ago from South Jersey

      Yes, I can do that. Wonderful ideas Denise. Your comments are very thoughtful. Thanks

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow- what a wonderful idea for a hub. An Italian 'ABC's of Cooking'. May I suggest that you add a little more content to this to expand it-a recipe using one of these ingredients, or a personal story?

      I love that you add the pronounciation. Nice work.