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”…

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…

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…

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…

“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…

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…

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