Branzino Makes the Salad

We’ve been enjoying Branzino on these late summer days. This is our new favorite recipe. Assemble the following for a perfect late-summer salad: Arugula (4 oz) Green Beans (1 lb) Baby potatoes (2 lbs) tossed with extra virgin olive oil* Continue reading Branzino Makes the Salad

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

Minestra di Farro

Minestra di Farro Recipe Courtesy of Pamela Sheldon Johns, recipe from her cookbook, Parmigiano! This perfect winter soup becomes buttery and creamy with the simmering of the Parmigiano-Reggiano rind, together with beans and farro.

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

Discovering Puglia: Cuisine and Olive Oil

Imagine this train ride through Puglia where you can discover the cuisine and olive oil: Look out the window and you’ll gaze at Puglia. What do you see? Whitewashed hill towns, miles and miles of coastline, the unique architecture of Trulli, and Continue reading Discovering Puglia: Cuisine and Olive Oil

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

Trip Report: Chilometrezero

In May we visited Italy and the theme of this trip was “chilometrezero” or “Km 0” for short. This is a trend in Italy that promotes the use of entirely locally produced products, not to be confused with the movie Continue reading Trip Report: Chilometrezero

The Glorious Vegetables of Italy

Eat.More.Good.Food. That’s a great New Year’s resolution and this January we’re guided by Domenica Marchetti’s new cookbook, The Glorious Vegetables of Italy. Domenica takes a fresh look at Italian vegetables and prepares them with style and flair. Of course, the Continue reading The Glorious Vegetables of Italy

The Tucci Family Cookbook

Over a hundred years ago, my Tucci ancestors emigrated from Campobasso. Syracuse is the first point of residence that I remember and a branch settled in Cortland by the early 20th Century. We still think of Cortland as the home Continue reading The Tucci Family Cookbook