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


Keep the flavor of summer with this delicious peach jam. Every summer I prepare several jams when fruit is mature, rich in flavor and nutrients. When I am on vacation in Tuscany I take advantage of the fresh fruit and vegetables from a local farmer’s garden. The taste is deliciously irresistible.   A few days ago I picked many peaches, and I instan...

This is an easy and creative recipe with seasonal fruit that could become your summer dish. Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese made from cow’s or buffalo’s milk. The outer shell is solid like mozzarella, while the inside contains stracciatella and cream, giving it an unusual, soft and delicious texture. Due to its center rich in cream, burrata is h...

With summer comes warmer weather and a rainbow array of nature’s candy. That’s right, I’m talking about berries – something to take advantage of! This yogurt and berries treat is a healthy, simple and quick spoon dessert to serve on a warm summer’s day. In just 10 minutes, in fact, you can get these delicious cups, ideal for a rich snack or light d...

These delicious plum cakes are a tasty idea for an aperitivo with a glass of prosecco or Martini spritz to enjoy with your family and friends. Delicious Italian smoked scamorza cheese and onions make these treats extra moist and add flavor. Scamorza is an Italian cheese, typical of Apulia and some parts of Campania and Molise (Southern Italy). It i...

Ahhh! Springtime aromas are in the air! Homemade pasta with peas and asparagus is tasty, healthy and easy dish to prepare. The delicate taste of fresh peas and asparagus goes perfectly well with egg pasta, making this dish highly appreciated and certainly a success at the table, both for a family lunch or a dinner with friends. Pasta with fresh veg...

Bonet is a typical and undoubtedly tasty spoon dessert from Piedmont (in particular from the Langhe area), perfect to serve at a party or holiday dinner. It is prepared with amaretti cookies, cocoa, eggs and milk, and is covered with rum-flavored caramel. You can also add 1 tablespoon of rum to the batter if you like.  It was often served at noble...

One of my favorite autumn/winter veggies is pumpkin. I love its sweet and chestnutty taste. I even eat it just baked plain, all by itself. Pumpkin is a very good and healthy choice of food, an excellent source of beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A), a good source of fiber and minerals. Pumpkin is low-calorie and contains lots of water, thus a perfect ing...

It is a real treat for lovers of both chocolate and hazelnut, crunchy on the outside and soft inside. The preparation is easy and fast. It is a gluten and lactose free cake because it contains only corn flour and hazelnut milk. This cake a treat for your palate and your good spirits. Chocolate is obtained from the tropical tree Theobroma Cacao an...

I bet that many of you have eaten sweet Tuscan cantucci, the hard and crunchy, twice-baked cookies, at least once. They are often served as an after-dinner dessert to dunk in Vin Santo, a fortified sweet wine made with Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes. Savory cantucci, on the other hand, aren’t so well known. They are the reinterpretation of sweet one...

There is no better month than December, when we celebrate Christmas. Christmas lunch is always prepared with so much effort and love by everyone. This year, for my Christmas lunch, the important ingredient will be duck, a prized meat with a strong and aromatic taste. The orange duck is certainly a refined dish, with ancient Tuscan origins. Ginger i...

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...