End of Summer Burrata Salad

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 both indulgent Continue reading End of Summer Burrata Salad

On the Grill: Baby Stuffed Peppers

Hey, we’re Italian. We cook with a bit of this and a bit of that. Our recipes are merely guidelines, with lots of flexibility! Baby Stuffed Peppers Breadcrumbs (homemade are best)*, 1 1/2 cups Chopped herbs: parsley with basil and/or Continue reading On the Grill: Baby Stuffed Peppers

On the Road from Tuscany: Il Palagio

Spend a few hours at Trudie and Sting’s Il Palagio. Together they have created an amazing estate. Simply enchanting. Depart Florence via the A1 toward Rome and in less than 45 minutes, you’ll take the exit for Figline Valdarno. The Continue reading On the Road from Tuscany: Il Palagio

Summer Salad with Controne Beans and Quattrociocchi Olivastro

Italians love their legumes (aka beans). These Controne No-Soak Beans make for quick, healthy salads. With authentic Italian ingredients, from beans to extra virgin olive oil, you’ll have the perfect popular side dish for your next party! The featured ingredients Continue reading Summer Salad with Controne Beans and Quattrociocchi Olivastro

Sunny Winter Salads

Add sunshine with citrus! You can get this great recipe at ProudItalianCook’s Blog. This salad is fresh and flavorful! Arugula, your favorite citrus, fresh mozzarella and more. Our favorite drizzle? Tenuta di Capezzana Olio Nuovo! The Prosciutto & Persimmon appetizer, on Continue reading Sunny Winter Salads

Fiori di Zucca, Norcia Style

This is a variation on Penne alla Norcina. We’ve nicknamed it “Heart Attack Pasta”. Be sure to add a glass of wine — for your heart! We think this is even better with Rustichella d’Abruzzo’s Fiori di Zucca, pumpkin pasta. Continue reading Fiori di Zucca, Norcia Style

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 virgin Continue reading Panzanella Highlights Summer Vegetables

Tomato and Nectarine Summer Salad

Not another Caprese? Try this alternative. It is a riff on a classic! Bright summer flavors, shared by the best of summer fruit, tossed in a refreshing summer salad. This is simply excellent with grilled meats and a sure show-stopper Continue reading Tomato and Nectarine Summer Salad

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.