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

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

The History of Laudemio in Tuscany

The History of Laudemio in Tuscany. It all began in the winter of 1985 with a terrible freeze that killed thousands upon thousands of olive trees through Tuscany. The losses suffered by many in the region became the focus for Continue reading The History of Laudemio in Tuscany

The Feasts of March: Festa della San Giuseppe

March is a month of change and hope, hope and change. Whether we’re talking about the weather (“in like a lion, out like a lamb”), the Ides of March (a turning point in Italian history), St. Patrick’s Day (ridding the Continue reading The Feasts of March: Festa della San Giuseppe

Pistacchio Ricotta Cream Puffs for Valentine’s Day

Pistacchio Ricotta Cream Puffs This  is a recipe crafted by necessity. The filling is magical in Cannoli, but we had no Cannoli Shells, and no time to make them. These mini pastry shells are available in in the freezer aisle at the Continue reading Pistacchio Ricotta Cream Puffs for Valentine’s Day

Colatura di Alici: A burst of Umani Excitement over Anchovies

It could be said that anchovies are polarizing – in a love them or hate them gastronomic way. Yet, anchovies and anchovy sauce are all the rage. National “news” publications: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Continue reading Colatura di Alici: A burst of Umani Excitement over Anchovies

Hearty and Healthy Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables

  This can be served warm as a side dish or cooler as a salad. This makes a large family or party sized dish. With the nutty grain and addition of fruit (raisins) this dish brings forth Sicilian style, making Continue reading Hearty and Healthy Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables

Heat: A Late Book Review, Another Look at Italian Food and Culture

It took us too many years to read Bill Buford’s Heat. We’re not huge fans of the Food Network shows, so reading about a chef, just because he’s on TV, isn’t quite to our liking. What incited this reading of Continue reading Heat: A Late Book Review, Another Look at Italian Food and Culture