Heart Healthy Recipes from Italy and Chiarentana

Our friend Donata Origo, of Chiarentana has provided three heart-healthy, traditional Tuscan recipes for us to share with you. For each recipe she recommends her favorite extra virgin olive oil. 

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

Touring Ravida in Menfi, Sicily

Ravida in Menfi, Group with Produce

If you haven’t been to Sicily, don’t delay. It’s worth the longer plane ride, but be sure you allow enough time for the varied geography of Sicily. Conde Nast (creator of the map shown here) has a fabulous overview of Continue reading Touring Ravida in Menfi, Sicily

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

How to Dress a Salad: Mixed Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette and Parmigiano-Reggiano DOP This salad makes the most of the truly special flavors of good olive oil and balsamic vinegar, perfectly paired with DOP Parmiggiano Reggiano. Here’s how to dress a salad: 1 clove Continue reading How to Dress a Salad: Mixed Greens with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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