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…

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…

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…

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…

Minestrone di Riso

Use this great minestrone recipe as your base; then add your own creativity and favorite ingredients to make the perfect soup for your family and friends!   In Italy this soup is a comfort staple! The flavors and ingredients seem to morph…

Pumpkin and Amaretto Ravioli

A delicious pasta recipe for the fall.  To make your life easy, instead of making the pasta dough from scratch, you can buy some sheets of fresh pasta dough from a local pasta store, or (and I shouldn’t tell you this even…