Truths About Party Planning

People always ask me how I do what I do and how I make it look so easy…and I’m not even talking about cooking. I’m talking about party planning. So, I decided to share my knowledge and expertise with you by blogging…

Viva la Pappa al Pomodoro!

Pappa al Pomodoro is a seriously hearty (you can eat it with a fork) and flavorful Tuscan soup, made with tomatoes and bread.  This soup has all  the characteristics of Tuscan cooking: simple and genuine.   This quintessential Florentine dish stands as testament…

The Bell Pepper Post

While peeking around the stalls at the Farmer’s Market the other day I stopped by the “plant guy”, you know the one that sells small plant, all edible stuff that you can bring home and grow in your own backyard.  I have…

Few words about kale, Cavolo Nero to be exact!

Cavolo (cabbage) nero (black) comes with a sleuth of names and nicknames: Tuscan kale, Italian kale, Tuscan cabbage, dinosaur kale, etc.  Akin to kale and quinoa, cavolo nero has been at the forefront of the culinary movement.  It’s already ubiquitous on menus…

Authentic Food

Let’s start by looking at the pictures on this page, they feel “authentic” don’t they?  So what makes a dish “authentic”?  Is it the use of specific ingredients in the recipe? Is it the ethnicity of the person who prepares the dish?…

La California, Italy

                 “Know that on the right hand from the Indies exists an island called California very close to a side of the Earthly Paradise” from “The Adventures of Esplandián”  by 16th Century Spanish author Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo   As a…

Squashin’ Your Zucchini

One of my favorite vegetables that I grow in my garden, aside from tomatoes, is zucchini (both are actually fruit).  They grow quickly, they don’t need a lot of upkeep and each plant produces quite a good amount of squash and flowers…

Sloooow Roasted Tomatoes

We all know that “slow roasting” can bring a tough piece of meat to its knees.  So, think about what can happen when you slow roast a soft and juicy fruit/vegetable, like a tomato.  It actually doesn’t make it softer, it makes…

A Bruschetta Point Of View

If tomatoes could marry they would find their perfect partner with a loaf of bread, not in a pizza!  This relationship takes on many forms throughout different the regions of Italy: the most popular is the Roman “bruschetta”, on the Tuscan coast…

My Truffles

Truffle, .a.k.a. Tuber Magnatum Pico.  And I’m not talking about the chocolate one.  I’m talking about the one that emanates a smell similar to methane, which looks like a potato with bubonic plague that only dogs and pigs can find.  I’m talking…