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“Ugly but Good” cookies
Recipes: "Ugly but Good" cookies
Serves: makes 4 dozen cookies

8 egg whites
1 pinch salt
2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
2 cups shelled hazelnuts, toasted, skinned and coarsely chopped
Baking sheet covered in parchment paper

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Beat the egg whites and salt in a bowl with an electric mixer with the whisk attachment until foamy. Continue beating, adding the sugar gradually, until all of the sugar is incorporated and the egg whites hold stiff and shiny peaks. Scrape the beaten whites into a wide, heavy saucepan and set over medium-low heat. Stir in the hazelnuts and cook, stirring constantly, until the batter comes away from the sides of the pan and is light golden brown, about 20 minutes. (The batter will deflate quite a bit as it cooks).
Remove the pan from the heat. Drop the batter by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the prepared pans. Bake until golden brown and firm to the touch, about 30 minutes. Remove and cool completely before serving. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


The Authentic Neapolitan pizza is usually made with tomatoes and mozzarella. They can be made with ingredients like San Marzano tomatoes, which grow on the volcanic plains to the south of Mount Vesuvius and buffalo mozzarella of Campania.
In 1889, during a visit to Naples, Queen Margherita of Italy was served a pizza resembling the colors of the Italian flag, red (tomato), white (mozzarella) and green (basil). This kind of pizza has been named Pizza Margherita.

A coast with numerous reefs

Sorrento has few beaches, but its coastline is characterized by numerous cliffs on which the platforms were built to accommodate beach umbrellas, chairs and ladders to get on the water. These characteristic points are connected by bathing stairs or elevators to the hotel and surmount them represent the private access to the sea.

Curiosities: A coast with numerous reefs

Curiosities: A coast with numerous reefs