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…

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…

EGGS… ‘Tis the Season!

I received an email this morning from one of my favorite cousins.  She lives on a horse farm in Hungary where they make wine, grow their vegetables and probably have a few hens… Her email roughly translated: “Hi there Catherine, it is egg season. Hens start laying eggs in the spring! A city girl like…

The Perfect Soup

Listen to your farmer! Last week at the Marché du Chatelin, as I was buying zucchini and spring onions for a soup, the wonderful woman behind the vegetable counter, suggested I buy some watercress to go with it. She told me she just made this soup with her grand-daughter and the watercress enhanced the zucchini…