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Lynda Self

Lynda Self, a regular contributor to, is a mom of two children, two dogs, and six chickens. She is also a registered nurse who knows her way around the kitchen. When she's not whipping up something good to eat, she is busy dreaming and planning her next travel adventure. She has been featured on

Have you ever used Speck Alto Adige before?
No, I have not.

Would you recommend Speck to a friend?
Yes. You never know if you will like something unless you try it.

What dish did you make using Speck and how did you come up with the idea?
I made a Rustic BBQ Pizza. I live in the South and BBQ is a big deal here. Being that Speck Alto Adige is an Italian meat, I thought I should use it in an Italian dish. Who doesn't love pizza?

Is Speck something you would use in other dishes? Do you think it's a versatile ingredient, if so, why?
I tried it in eggs and it worked great. I think that it can be substituted anywhere one would use cubed ham. I think it makes a nice alternative for prosciutto, too.

What is your favorite thing about using Speck in your recipes? Does it have specific qualities that you enjoy?
I like the smoky flavor that the meat imparts on the different dishes that I used it in.

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