cooking with olive oil

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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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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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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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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Ragu (Meat Sauce)

February 23, 2009

I’m always prepared now before I go to my Italian grocer, Elizabetta….today I proclaimed I was going to make Ragu….she was excited.  Before I could tell her what I needed, she grabbed a bag and filled it with one of each of the vegetables that I would need and at the end, added a nutmeg…she [...]

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Pomarola (Tomato Sauce)

February 23, 2009

Okay…stop buying canned tomato sauce….Pomarola is so simple….the aroma of the sauteed garlic is reason enough….you will feel as if you have cooked a masterpiece. Enjoy it with pasta and parmesan cheese or as a base in other sauces. Ingredients 1 can of plum tomatoes 1 garlic clove Basil Organic Grey Sea Salt St. Helena [...]

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