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…

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…

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…

Everyone is gone

This week the market was unusually quiet. It is Easter week and everyone is on vacation. I forgot what it was like to live in a place where people actually take time off (and they all do it at the same time)… Not many of us left behind here in Brussels… My sisters have followed…

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…