Summer Spaghettata “con pesto”

If it was up to my husband, we would have pasta every single day for lunch, and … he pretty much does… Spaghetti is his favorite kind of pasta. So this post is all about “spaghettata” an italian word that with the addition of a question mark (spaghettata?), simply stands for “shall we have a bite?” On…

Blogging around Italy

Dormant for a while, my blog re-appeard to you to deliver the delicious puff recipe inspired by a french classic. You see I now write for two other blogs and my day job has been keeping me pretty busy. I am however, very proud of my collaboration with the other blogs as one dedicated to…

Italian style Saffron Gougères

As soon as I wrote the title, I realized I would be in trouble with my French friends. Gougère is in fact a delicious little French cheezy puff and it is made one way and one way only. But since I was inspired from the original recipe to create my own, I felt it was…

“Agretti”, a short season not to be missed

Agretti, lemony crunchy wonderful vegetable, called Salsola Soda in english… If any of you know a more appetizing english name for this wonderful delicacy, please let me know and I will add it to this post. Fun facts: Agretti are filled with water and fibers making them both diuretic and slightly laxative… 😉 Rich in…

Me, my salads and I

When we opened our restaurant in Brooklyn more than 13 years ago, I wanted a restaurant that reflected the food I grew up with in Florence. It was in fact a pretty traditional restaurant, for Italy that is, for New York, it was all new and adventurous. The only exception to the very Tuscan menu…

Did you miss me?

If the answer is not “YES!” … keep quiet. Spring is here and it is a time of re-birth, renewal and of course all my favorite vegetables. I brought home the first fava beans, spring peas, spring onions a nice piece of young pecorino and of course some fresh herbs. I was not sure what…

The Cookbook has arrived

After almost a year of hard work, the cookbook is finished. As promised I am including a link to the book for those of you who wish to purchase a copy. You all want one right? I have used Blurb to publish my book as they are one of the lowest priced self publishing sites…

Mamma Cristina

THE BOOK IS DONE!!! Wohoooo! All I have left is a good read through. My sister Elisabeth is helping me with editing. As soon as it is up for sale I will give you a link. Walking to the Chatelain market on Wednesday, we ran into Andrea in front of his restaurant “La Piola“. Andrea…

A cherry on top

Though I am not a free woman (still held captive by my cookbook), I tought I would share this quick delicious recipe with you. Cherries arrived at the market a couple of weeks ago. They started pale and tart then with each market visit they got darker and sweeter and are now perfect. Last Thursday…

Please hang on, we will be with you shortly…

Though I am still held captive by THE BOOK, I thought I could use my 10 minutes of freedom to say hello. Hello! I am 11 recipes away from partial freedom. After that, I have some fine tuning, some writing and finally some editing but I will be able once again to cook for pleasure…

An offer I could not refuse

As you may have noticed, I have been missing in action. It was not a lack of love on my part, I wanted to share my stories with you and be with you, I did, I promise! I am however in the final phase of writing my cookbook and that involves cooking and testing the…

A Market full of… Olives?

We waited a whole week. We endured the absence of markets, the lack of people and life in general. Recluse we became, pacing up and down our loft. And then it was Monday! Time to go to Van Meenen square and enjoy the bountiful of market life. With our canvas bags in tow we went…