Schiacciata alla Fiorentina

There is no Carnival celebration in Florence without the Schiacciata alla Fiorentina!  This traditional cake, scented with orange and vanilla and dusted with confectioner sugar is typically served during Carnival season.  Every pastry shop in Florence has its own well guarded recipe…

Pomodorini & Burrata

Easy to make, easy to eat!  Use it as an antipasto or even as a snack, this new take on the traditional caprese recipe is always a winner in the summer months!            

Pappa al Pomodoro

Enjoy this simple, yet delicious summer soup hot or room temperature. To compensate for the lack of sweetness in the tomatoes here in the States, I enhanced this Tuscan peasant dish by adding celery, carrot and onions. Learn more about the “pappa”…

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…

Braised Cavolo Nero & Green Cabbage with Bacon

For this recipe I like to use some green cabbage to attenuate and balance the bitterness of the Tuscan kale.  If you prefer an extra bold, in-your-face flavor use only Tuscan kale and switch the bacon to pancetta…. it will resuscitate the…

Frittelle di Riso – Rice Fritters

This is the kind of comfort food that brings me back to my early years.  I recall coming back home from school or a playdate, walking in and smelling the delicious fragrance of my mom cooking these yummy delicacies.  She used to…

Peperonata

Hearty, tasty, healthy and satisfying the peperonata is the Italian peasant version of the “foo-foo” French cousin, ratatouille.  I can make a whole meal out of this simple vegetable dish!  There is always a lot of dispute about adding olives or potatoes…

Braised Artichokes

Last week I bought some artichokes at the Farmer’s Market in Culver City to cook for a dinner party I was catering.  They were perfect specimens: hard to the touch, “kissed” by frost (the brown spots on the leaves indicates they were…

Passato di Broccoli – Puree of Broccoli Soup

There is nothing tastier, healthier, easier to make and more comforting than this soup in the cold winter months.  You can “adorn” it with all kind of toppings.  My favorite: crumbled goat cheese and a drizzle of  pungent olive oil.  What I’ve…