Panzanella Highlights Summer Vegetables

  Our panzanella begins with a quick toasting of bread cubes, tossed in a pan with extra virgin olive oil and salt, seasoned with Ravida Sea Salt. 1/2 loaf day-old Ciabatta Cut Ciabatta into 1-inch cubes. Heat 2-3 T extra Continue reading Panzanella Highlights Summer Vegetables

Burrata: Our Best Idea Yet

    Burrata is a fresh, creamy semi-soft Italian cheese. Let’s call it a cousin to fresh mozzarella. Burrata’s outer layer is fresh mozzarella, while the inside is creamy. The soft, stringy curd is milky and buttery. Somehow it is Continue reading Burrata: Our Best Idea Yet

Visits with Sicilian and Tuscan Producers

June was jam-packed with a visit by Natalia Ravida of the famous Ravida olive oil in Sicily — she had special events in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia!   Later in the month we made our annual trip to the Continue reading Visits with Sicilian and Tuscan Producers

Prep Your Pantry: Blizzard Ready Foods from Italy

  Sooner or later, much of the country will be inundated by a storm. At this time of year, snow storms and blizzards reign. Is your pantry ready to make the most of your time at home? Recently, more than Continue reading Prep Your Pantry: Blizzard Ready Foods from Italy

Olio2go: Notes on the Harvest, Good and Bad

Is it time to celebrate the new olive oil harvest?  Is this a good year for celebration? The season is now upon us and it is time to consider the predictions of a year with an overall decline in production of Continue reading Olio2go: Notes on the Harvest, Good and Bad

Celebrate the New Olive Oil Harvest in Italy

It’s here! We now celebrate the new harvest in Italy and the arrival of just-pressed olive oil, variously called Novello, Olio Nuovo, and Primo Raccolto. This is the perfect time. As the seasons change, and the light days darken, we Continue reading Celebrate the New Olive Oil Harvest in Italy

Top Scores in Flos Olei 2017

What does it take to win a top score in Flos Olei 2017?  The rankings are based on a comprehensive evaluation and tasting of the olive oils submitted by each farm (and not all are from Italy!). For “The Best” Continue reading Top Scores in Flos Olei 2017

Spaghetti alla Amatriciana in honor of Amatrice

  We can’t take full credit for this great Spaghetti alla Amatriciana. First credit goes to the fabulous ingredients (they do make a difference!) and recipe inspiration goes to Julia Della Croce. We used her recipe but subbed the Passata Continue reading Spaghetti alla Amatriciana in honor of Amatrice