Life in Italy

ROOM 1 – real people.real food.real life.

March 12, 2009

I wanted to start with the room off the living room…where the preparation of prosciutto had begun….but I think we should start at the beginning…..which would be the confusion of the train station….a bit stale so  maybe we will just begin on the train where I sit across from two women….who happened to be from [...]

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Real People…Real Food…Real Life.

March 12, 2009

We continue to have days filled with memorable experiences….too many to keep up with…but yesterday was a highlight…not only of our trip but I believe of my life.  I was invited to lunch in the countryside….long story…but the result was sitting in the home of a true Tuscan farming family…sharing a meal that was produced [...]

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The Feast of San Giuseppe

March 12, 2009

My favorite thing about living in Florence is there is no end to celebration…..this month it is the feast of San Giuseppe.  The festival celebrates the coming of spring and St. Joseph, the patron saint of the family and pastry cooks…..and the unofficial saint of fava beans. As we’ve learned, the Italians celebrations are always [...]

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Risotto agli asparagi (Risotto with asparagus)

March 12, 2009

I used some saffron that I bought from a local organic farm…I’m going to try to get enough for our next club shipment…was surprised to find it locally! Ingredients 2 lbs medium size asparagus Marjoram – 2 tablespoons 2 french shallots – peeled 1 lb of risotto rice 1 cup white wine 1 teaspoon saffron [...]

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Crostini con asparagi (Crostini with asparagus)

March 12, 2009

Ah..the sighs of spring…a little sunshine…crisp, fresh air…..and the first signs of violets….and…asparagus! Ingredients A bundle of asparagus – thin stemmed 4 eggs Milk Parmesan Cheese Country style bread Organic Grey Sea Salt St. Helena Olive Oil Co. Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil Instructions Rinse the asparagus well and trim away woody ends. Tie them [...]

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Reginette al Pesto

March 4, 2009

If you love pesto, you will love this…and if you don’t….you will love this! Ingredients Reginette Pasta 2 medium potatoes, diced 4 oz. green beans, chopped Fresh basil leaves 1 tablespoon pinenuts Parmesan Cheese 2 garlic cloves Freshly Ground Pepper Organic Grey Sea Salt St. Helena Olive Oil Co. Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oil Instructions [...]

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Dove è coltivate?

March 4, 2009

Dove e cotivate?…..an Italian sentence that I’ve mastered….it rolls off of my tongue just like non parlo italiano….you have to start somewhere….. Where is it grown?  Yes…I’ve been knee deep in Slow Food Nation again….it’s a slow read as it is an intense book….the stories are great…..the technical parts are painful for me as spending [...]

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A Wooden Table

February 24, 2009

I have found the most amazing enoteca….a wine bar…..right around the corner…. One day I decided to take a short cut down a cobblestone path..it’s actually a road…I have to accept that these “cobblestone paths” are roads…that cars race…..vespas wiz and bikes meander down…when you first arrive in Florence it is unsettling….you feel as if [...]

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The Pursuit of Real Gelato

February 24, 2009

Procrastination…writers block….a touch of the flu….lack of adrenaline..some of the causes for the latest lapse in writings and recipes….but now look what I’ve done….I have such a back log of experiences that I won’t be able to go into them all….should I dive into a few or touch upon a lot? I did try to [...]

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Lasagne

February 23, 2009

I went into my grocer’s today with the idea of making pasta with ragu sauce. When I asked Elizabetta what pasta I should use…her eyes widened….you could make lasagne…yes you should make lasagne..she said…you are making ragu….just make bechamel sauce and you have lasagne…my mouth opened but no words came out…I was tired….I didn’t want [...]

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