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Below are 18 recipes to make a Tuscan (or Ligurian, or Emilia-Romagnan) fantasy meal -- the perfect escape from a dreary day (assuming you can't hop a plane to Italy). 

Baby Purple Artichokes Fried in Olive Oil by SippitySup

Bruschetta with Ricotta, Honey and Lemon Zest by merrill

Smoky Minestrone with Tortellini and Parsley or Basil Pesto by WinnieAb

Ricotta and Chive Gnocchi by The Internet Cooking Princess

Bagna Cauda Salad by amanda

Veal Chops Lombatina with Roasted Garlic by thirschfeld

Hunter's-Style Chicken by lastnightsdinner

Bean Salad with Pancetta by amanda


Rigatoni with Sausage, Peas and Fresh Ricotta by Aliwaks

Rigatoni with Sausage, Peas and Fresh Ricotta


Steak with Arugula, Lemon and Parmesan by merrill

Linguine with Sardines, Fennel & Tomato by lastnightsdinner

Farro Risotto by merrill

Pasquino's Trippa alla Romana by pierino

Pasta e Fagioli by QueenOfGreen

Rosemary Ciabatta with Stout Beer by ChezSuzanne

Saffron Semifreddo with Cherry-Cardamom Syrup and Salted Honey-Hazelnuts by Brenna


Louisa's Cake by SML Office

Ricotta Cake

Herb and White Wine Granita by robynmichellelee

All photos above by Sarah Shatz except cubicle shot by Tim Patterson and Tuscany shot by Francesco Sgroi

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