Beautifully caramelized in brown sugar and butter, these glazed carrots are an easy way to bring this humble root vegetable to a festive and delicious new level. For a simple go-to side dish these mouthwatering carrots are just the right recipe. Let's get started! Read More
Though there are several steps required to prepare this Tuscan Venison Roast, the delicious result is totally worth the wait. Following is the recipe shared with us by our dear Italian friend Patrizia who skillfully prepares the meat her husband brings home from a successful hunt. The loin is soaked in milk, then rubbed in fresh herbs and cooked in wine. The result is a delicious spread of thinly cut slices covered in the mouthwatering reduction. Let's get started! Read More
Tortino ai Funghi is a delicate and simple meal prepared in no time at all. A medley of sautéed mushrooms accompanied by garlic and parsley are quickly prepared inside the oven. The magic touch happens when the mushrooms are finally framed with a mixture of very fresh beaten eggs which quickly transform into an airy soufflé. Let's get started! Read More
Nothing beats a warm plate of soup especially when the weather gets colder. Who would not welcome a hot plate of this creamed, roasted cherry tomato goodness? Caramelized to perfection inside the wood-fired oven, these sweet cherry tomatoes are easily and quickly transformed into the silkiest, smoothest and full of flavor bisque like soup. No need to wait any longer, so let's get started! Read More
Candied pecans are not only a delicious and easy snack to prepare for the holidays, but also a wonderful gift to give to friends and family to enjoy. With just a few ingredients, and the addition of a little bourbon or whiskey, the best treat is ready in no time at all. Our pecan tree was incredibly generous this year and what a great occasion it gives us to sit around the table to shell them as we enjoy spending time together. How satisfying to use these gifts of nature to create so many different recipes. For now, we will simply make some delectable Candied Pecans. Let's get started! Read More
The menu of the day will be the most tender and juicy Florentine Butter Chicken - Petti di Pollo al Burro. Thanks Emiko Davies for posting about the pollo al burro at the Trattoria Sostanza.
The gorgeous Italian city of Florence holds deep roots and a profound love for me and my family. Not only is Firenze the place we call home, but it is also the cradle of art and a place that breathes history. Nestled in the streets of this magnificent city, one not only finds treasures of pure beauty and craftsmanship, but also a tradition of deep rooted culture, and delicious food.
Creamed Leek and Potato Soup is a perfect, delicate dish to serve at any occasion as the cooler months of the year approach. Not only delicious and easy to prepare, but also incredibly velvety in texture. To satisfy hungry mouths simply combine diced potatoes and leeks and serve with crunchy homemade croutons and crisp bacon. For a perfectly delicious vegetarian dish simply omit the bacon. Let's get started! Read More
Sweet, long Italian peppers are a delicious gift the summer offers each year. There are so many ways to prepare them, and making these peppers is always a great accompaniment to any meal. Picked when perfectly red or even when still green, they are ready to serve in no time at all when roasted in a hot oven. Today we chose to roast them with plump cherry tomatoes, garlic, and small anchovy fillets tucked inside each one. If anchovies are not desired they can be easily omitted. Let's get started! Read More
Oh the infinite beauty of pasta! Think of a perfect white canvas that can be transformed into countless dishes with unimaginable possibilities. Today the white canvas is made with deliciously roasted and caramelized Brussels Sprouts accompanied by a symphony of flavors from the bacon, as well as a kick of heat from thinly sliced cayenne peppers. Finished off with generous dusting of Parmigiano and a good drizzle of olive oil, this dish will be one for the books. Let's get started! Read More
Butterzopf or Bärner Züpfe is the traditional, brioche like Sunday bread proudly made and loved by most people in Switzerland. Rich and buttery, this soft bread will certainly become one of your favorites to serve on special occasions. Just as my mom - Nonna Verena - learned to make it from my Swiss grandmother, she in turn has also passed down the tradition of making this delicious Swiss Sunday Bread to me and my four siblings. How exciting and satisfying it is to now teach the same to our own six kids as the tradition continues to pass to the next generation. Read More
Rosemary and sage have for centuries been the choice of herbs used for Tuscan cuisine. Never has it been easier to store the flavors of Tuscany in a jar. Planning to make a pork roast, a baked chicken, turkey, fish or flavorful roasted potatoes? All that is needed are fresh rosemary, sage, sea salt and some sterilized jars to store in the refrigerator. Such a great way to have herbs available year round and what a perfect way to give a gift to a friend. Read More
Born in the farmhouse kitchens surrounding the vineyards of Tuscany, Schiacciata all'Uva has been and continues to be one of the iconic flavors of autumn throughout this breathtaking region. As each Fall season approaches, like a predictable clock, the farmers are busy harvesting the grapes for wine season. Tasting and enjoying the essence of our beloved homeland has never been easier than with the preparation of this simple and rustic flat bread called Schiacciata all'Uva. Read More