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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…