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Scone con zucchine novelle e noci / baby zucchini and walnut scones Scone con zucchine novelle e noci / baby zucchini and walnut scones By briciole 07/21/13 09:55 [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] rustic beauty I owe zucchini: for years I detested this vegetable with unmatched zeal. When I finally learned to appreciate it, I became a devout fan, and every year I try to expiate my early sin by...
Pretzel morbidi / Bavarian-style soft pretzels Pretzel morbidi / Bavarian-style soft pretzels By briciole 06/30/13 18:58 Sesame or poppy seeds? There are two types of books: the ones I find and the ones that find me. The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler belongs to the latter category. I can't say that it held me spellbound from the first pages. However, it would...
Semi di nasturzio / nasturtium seeds Semi di nasturzio / nasturtium seeds By briciole 06/25/13 15:21 A special treasure hunt Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) are plentiful in my garden this year, and so are ideas for using them. Petals are great to make "stained glass" pasta, and flowers and young leaves have given me a bright orange, spicy vinegar. Seeds...
Crostata di prugne lussemburghese / Luxembourg plum tart Crostata di prugne lussemburghese / Luxembourg plum tart By briciole 06/23/13 21:47 [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] let it snow, let it snow, let it snow In Luxembourg, we'll have dessert, I said to myself. As I have never been to Luxembourg, I had to rely on information gleaned from the web to find a suitable candidate...
Scone con barbabietola rossa, mela e pistacchi / red beet, apple and pistachio scones Scone con barbabietola rossa, mela e pistacchi / red beet, apple and pistachio scones By briciole 05/10/13 19:46 [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] the photo could be better, but the scones are perfect The recipe started with yet another batch of small red beets freshly harvested and promptly roasted. It went on with an apple too large to eat...
Borș / crusca di frumento fermentata / fermented wheat bran Borș / crusca di frumento fermentata / fermented wheat bran By briciole 03/31/13 19:33 [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] wheat bran My kitchen will never be featured in a fashion magazine and I am fine with that. Even on a good day, it's pretty chaotic. The top of the refrigerator is my fermentation department, where...
Insalata di fagioli e tonno / bean and albacore tuna salad Insalata di fagioli e tonno / bean and albacore tuna salad By briciole 03/22/13 20:43 The right company for kale pesto The first scene brings us to a large rapeseed field. Our eyes luxuriate in the saturated colors of tall yellow flowers under a blindingly blue sky. As our mind wonders where such a beautiful place is, a painful sense of...
Risotto al gorgonzola / risotto with gorgonzola cheese Risotto al gorgonzola / risotto with gorgonzola cheese By briciole 12/29/12 17:04 White beauty Lake Como (Lago di Como) is one of the jewels of that treasure called Italy. It is famous around the world and rightly so. I cannot think of a stretch of it that is not worth visiting and no matter from which direction you approach it, you'll...
Risotto al gorgonzola / risotto with gorgonzola cheese Risotto al gorgonzola / risotto with gorgonzola cheese By briciole 12/24/12 19:33 White beauty Lake Como (Lago di Como) is one of the jewels of that treasure called Italy. It is famous around the world and rightly so. I cannot think of a stretch of it that is not worth visiting and no matter from which direction you approach it, you'll...
Cachi al mercato / persimmons at the farmers' market Cachi al mercato / persimmons at the farmers' market By briciole 12/11/12 16:20 Orange beauties Remember the beautiful basket of leeks from a few weeks back? The persimmons above come from the same place, Green Fire Farm. I learned to appreciate Fuyu persimmons in recent years. It took me a while to absorb the concept of a firm persimmon....
Zimino di fagioli / bean, mushroom and chard soup Zimino di fagioli / bean, mushroom and chard soup By briciole 11/28/12 16:55 Comfort food for rough days For the current edition of Cook the Books, we are reading Heartburn by Nora Ephron (1983). I had heard about the book, so I was glad to see it on the Club's list. The writing is witty and engaging, and as a reader, you really...
Strascinati alla farina di castagne / chestnut flour strascinati Strascinati alla farina di castagne / chestnut flour strascinati By briciole 11/25/12 19:36 [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] a really pretty pasta dish Your eyes are not deceiving you, the handmade pasta in the photo is brown. It owes its unusual color to chestnut flour, which, however, when in its natural state, is off-white....
Zuppa di castagne, fagioli e patate / chestnut, bean and potato soup Zuppa di castagne, fagioli e patate / chestnut, bean and potato soup By briciole 11/09/12 00:12 [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] portrait of a soup The smell of roasted chestnuts (caldarroste) more than anything else means autumn (autunno) to me. Every year, my mother would buy a large case of chestnuts from someone in Casperia,...
Mela al cartoccio salata / savory apple baked in puff pastry Mela al cartoccio salata / savory apple baked in puff pastry By briciole 10/23/12 09:03 Not the typical apple baked in puff pastry Well-demarcated in both time and space, the novel Going to Solace by Amanda McTigue is expansive in the varied cast of characters and rich array of themes it presents: It's Thanksgiving week, 1989. We're in Big...
Cavolfiore alla fanese / cauliflower salad with olives, capers and anchovies Cavolfiore alla fanese / cauliflower salad with olives, capers and anchovies By briciole 10/21/12 17:38 [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] the original dish (i.e., sans avocado) Our tour of the 20 regions of Italy organized by Trattoria MuVarA brings us to Marche, a region neighboring my native Umbria. I know Marche a bit because, besides...
Frico con patate / frico with potatoes Frico con patate / frico with potatoes By briciole 10/18/12 15:28 Three years ago, I read my first Pepe Carvalho novel, Tattoo. It inspired me to make caldeirada (traditional Portuguese fish stew), as recounted in this post. I arrived at Manuel Vázquez Montalbán (1939-2003), Carvalho's creator, through the Montalbano...
Jota / bean, sauerkraut and potato soup Jota / bean, sauerkraut and potato soup By briciole 10/07/12 18:46 [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] jota is a traditional soup from Trieste Region after region, via a representative city for each one, in our Abbecedario culinario d'Italia (Italian Culinary ABC) tour, we have reached the northeastern...
Caponata di melanzane / eggplant caponata Caponata di melanzane / eggplant caponata By briciole 09/24/12 15:57 [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] The Abbecedario culinario d'Italia (Italian Culinary ABC) invites us to visit Sicilia (Sicily), and this time I have some photos to share from a visit to Palermo (capital of the region) five years...
Halloumi fatto in casa / homemade Halloumi Halloumi fatto in casa / homemade Halloumi By briciole 09/12/12 18:44 Halloumi and ricotta from its leftover whey Halloumi is from the island of Cyprus and is characterized as a semi-hard, unripened, and brined cheese made traditionally from mostly sheep's milk with the addition of a smaller amount of goat's milk. Modern...
Pane di mais con chicchi di mais arrosto Pane di mais con chicchi di mais arrosto By briciole 07/24/12 15:59 Cornbread with roasted corn kernels [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] golden kernels, nuggets of flavor When I get some fresh, sweet corn at the farmers' market, I oven-roast it as soon as I get home. can you smell it? I pull away...

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