Life in Italy

Does Madrid ever sleep?

April 18, 2009

We got Sydney (Kaelin’s visiting friend) off to the airport this AM but what an experience!  We left the apt at 6:30am…I was a bit worried about finding a cab as they said calling one does not work….so we headed to the closest blvd.  As we left the apartment we immediately realized that Madrid had [...]

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Food Memories….Make Your Own!

April 16, 2009

Food memories…..if nothing else we are creating an entire library of food memories.   Our world has made a dramatic shift…we have gone to Madrid for Kaelin’s spring break….to a land of tapas vs. pastas.  So far we have had 8 meals and I have yet to understand what I order.  It is clear when it [...]

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Grounded by David Picci

April 9, 2009

I continue to amazed at the people I’ve met on this journey….the passion….the heart…..the soul….it’s everywhere….and David Picci was no exception. I will admit that I had my doubts…I’ve met enough “experts” in my industry to be a little jaded. I also have less patience to listen to ego….so as I shook David’s hand….in a [...]

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Risotto Bianco con Basilico

April 9, 2009

This is the best risotto I have ever made….it was so creamy and filled with natural flavors…. Ingredients 2 pints stock…again we use vegetable Butter 2 cloves of garlic 14 oz. risotto rice Parmesan cheese A bunch of basil Organic Grey Sea Salt St. Helena Olive Oil Co. Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil Instructions Heat [...]

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Minestrone Zuppa

April 9, 2009

I always thought that minestrone would be too much to attempt….way too many ingredients. But…after many requests….I decided to attempt it…..when I began to tell my grocer what I needed he immediately knew I was making zuppa….so he began to pick out my ingredients even before I could say and then added some that I [...]

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FARRO/EMMER

March 19, 2009

Emmer, an ancient hulled wheat, was one of the first cereals ever domesticated in the Fertile Crescent. Emmer grain, holds the characteristics of two wild wheats (including wild Einkorn) and is known to have been the primary wheat grown in Asia, Africa and Europe through the first 5000 years of recorded agriculture. It served as [...]

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Zuppa di Farro — Farro Soup

March 19, 2009

Another popular soup of Tuscany…. To serve 4 you’ll need: * 6-8 ounces farro * 3/4 pound ripe plum tomatoes (or canned tomatoes), chopped and seeded * 2-3 ounces pancetta * Grated pecorino toscano cheese, or Parmigiano (romano will be too sharp) * 2 cloves garlic * 1 onion, finely sliced * A small bunch [...]

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Farro with mozzarella di bufala

March 19, 2009

Prepare the farro: wash it well and pick out any impurities. Soak it in water for at least 8 hours. Boil the farro in salted water for 15 – 20 minutes and drain. Put the farro in a bowl and cover with fresh mozzarella and tomatoes Drizzle with the Epstein Extra Virgin Olive Oil….add a [...]

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A Spin from Jamie Olivers – Insalata di Farro con Verdure al Forno

March 19, 2009

I wasn’t planning on offering you this but I opened to a page in Jamie Oliver’s cookbook….”Jamie’s Italy”…and it came to his Farro recipe.  Okay…I held off for 2 1/2 months but just had to purchase his Italian cookbook….at first I wouldn’t allow myself to buy a cookbook from a chap from London…while I had [...]

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Understanding Green

March 17, 2009

I haven’t stopped thinking about my visit to the country….and the people who I met. When I think back, I feel as if it were all a dream…people don’t really live like that anymore. But then I glance up and see the tin of extra virgin olive oil that they generously bestowed on me as [...]

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