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…

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?…

“Gnudi” – Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi

  The term Gnudi is a Florentine slang for the Italian word nudi – naked!  The reason for the “naked” idiom comes from the fact that if you peel off the layers of pasta from ravioli, what you have left is “naked”…

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…

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…

My Blog

Hey, check out my blog:   Truths About Party Planning Viva la Pappa al Pomodoro The Bell Pepper Post Few Words About Kale, Cavolo Nero To Be Exact Authentic Food La California, Italy Lampredotto – Florentine Style Street Food What does “cooking”…

Lampredotto – Florentine Style Street Food

People often ask me:  ”What’s your favorite food?”  I have no one-favorite food, I have many, I like a lot of different things and it depends mostly on what I’m in the mood for to define my “favorite food” but the other…

What Does “Cooking” Mean?

That is a question that can be answered in many ways, but let’s start with the basic definition: Cooking:  1. the act of a person or thing that cooks; 2. the art or practice of preparing food; cookery. Cooking as art: when you…