Spring is here! Let’s have some fun.

Hello everyone! It has been a while but I’m still here!!! I just taught a cooking class on vegan food! – you know me, I am not vegan and I really dislike labels – but that was the theme of the class and a perfect one for a good internal spring cleaning…  I  call this a “meal…

Eating your Friend… ‘s vegetables

All summer long, our friends have given us cases of their garden’s vegetables. I have yet to purchase a tomato! I’ve received every shape, every color; from sweet to tart, all were packed with flavor. I have already made tomato sauce for the year. Well… I am leaving for a week so that stock of tomato jars is probably…

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…

Translation Please…

As requested by a friend of mine, I am translating two recipes that appeared on my Italian blogs. I have mentioned this before, I collaborate with a great blog called Taste from Abruzzo focused on the greatness this region (Abruzzo) has to offer. The other is a health food column for my school’s online magazine LUI.Ben …

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…

“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…

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…

Vintage Monk Fish

Ciao! It is summer time and I am sure, like me, you are enjoying the best produce season. Tomatoes have flavor, the variety of fruits are endless, in short, life is good. We are in Italy in our wonderful small mountain village in the Central region of Abruzzo and are enjoying warm sun, blue skies…

Sardine & the purple Orach

Hi! Did you miss me? The book? No… not finished but I’m almost there… I can see the finish line. I know, I’ve said “almost” before. But let me tell you, a finish line, is a tricky thing. I’ll explain: a couple of years back, I was in Brazil in a great yoga/kayak/hiking retreat called the…

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…