Paola Lovisetti Scamihorn

A native-born Italian - "D.O.C." – Paola has lived and worked abroad for nearly a decade. Cooking has always been her passion; she always likes to experiment with different tastes and textures, tingeing from the Italian culinary culture to create her own personal recipes, however trying to remain faithful to the authentic Italian traditions, flavors, and ingredients. She started her blog “Passion and Cooking” (www.passionandcooking.com) in October 2012 to showcase my recipes and give her readers a sampling of the true Italian lifestyle, through traditional cooking


Crostata is perhaps the oldest Italian dessert. A popular tradition traces the origin of this Italian pie to the ancient Romans. This is the first kind of baked dessert that, as little girl, I learned to make from my mother. It evokes memories of many happy hours spent with her in the kitchen preparing delicious food. This Italian version of an Ame...

Aperitivo time! Beets are something that you either love or hate. This recipe will make you love them: crispy and delicately sweet, perfect for a snack or an aperitivo (aperitif). Aperitivo (the Italian happy hour) is certainly one of the most fun food experiences that you can try in Italy. Aperitivo is served with some stuzzichini (savory snacks s...

Tuscany is a land of poets, artists and scientists, but also of excellent wine and ancient flavors that we can find in poor dishes such as pappa al pomodoro, ribollita or these white beans called all'uccelletto (small bird). According to Pellegrino Artusi, the name derives from the aromas (in particular sage) that are used to flavor the little bird...

Focaccia can be eaten many ways: plain, seasoned, filled with vegetables, prosciutto or cheese, or even sweet with chocolate cream. Do you know that you can prepare focaccia without baking it? Yes you can! Here is my recipe for focaccia cooked in a skillet...like pancakes! You can make focaccia in a skillet when you don't feel like turning on the o...

Lentils, quinoa and vegetables make these nuggets a perfect and colorful dish for vegetarians, but also for "carnivores" too. These can be served as a tasty main course, accompanied by a fresh salad, or as an appetizing starter and cocktail. Crunchy outside and soft inside, they are  delicious and healthy as well, rich in good nutrients and are eas...

Almond and limoncello cake is a delicious dessert that recalls the familiar tastes of the Amalfi coast (Campania), from which limoncello originates. Traditionally, limoncello is made from the zest of Sorrento lemons.  Lemon zest, or peels without the pith, is steeped in spirits until the oil is released. The resulting yellow liquid is then mixed...

My Pasta alla Norma is contemporary interpretation of classic cuisine. The modern era is characterized by a return to vintage even in the gastronomic field. Genuine and authentic flavors, simplicity and tradition are more often sought after in the recipes; a touch, however, of modernity and creativity is also added.   Cuisine is history and culture...

These are moist, super healthy, sinfully delicious brownies that have no sugar, no eggs, no flour and no added fat. Is this possible? Yes it is! Try my tasty, easy and fast recipe, and you will find out. No fuss, no mess and in no time you have nutritious and tasty brownies that you can enjoy for a snack or dessert.  This recipe combines several nu...

Fresh pasta is doubly delicious when you can both make and eat it! Ravioli filled with pumpkin is one of the most classic pasta dishes of Lombardy, in particular of Mantua; with its sweet and spicy taste, it is pure poetry for the palate.  The secret ingredients that make this dish so special are amaretti cookies and mostarda. Mostarda di frutta is...

We all have a recipe in our hearts, the one that recalls a particular moment of our lives... whether it is sweet or savory. But there is a recipe that is loved by most people, especially by children - meatballs with tomato sauce, the masterpiece of the southern Italian cuisine. Nowadays there are different versions, including fish or vegetarian one...

Ravioli with beets and ricotta cheese is, without doubt, an elegant and colorful vegetarian dish that can be enjoyed as a first course or a main course.  The typical sauce is butter and sage, topped with some grated Parmesan and freshly ground pepper.  I love beets, they are one of my favorite winter vegetables.  The intense color, due to some pigm...

An appetizing and colorful recipe for an unforgettable Christmas! If you are looking for an irresistible second course for Christmas eve to enjoy both with your eyes and palate, roasted pork loin stuffed with ham, chestnuts, celery, apple, and cranberries is a an excellent choice.