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Pane alla zucca con siero di latte / winter squash and whey bread Pane alla zucca con siero di latte / winter squash and whey bread By briciole 11/26/13 07:10 A beautiful bread As I was taking my seat at the Zellerbach Playhouse in Berkeley, one October evening in 2005, the man next to me warned me about the play that would soon start: “It’s all in Italian.” I thanked him with a smile and confessed I spoke the...
Pane cotto nel forno a legna / bread baked in a wood-fired oven Pane cotto nel forno a legna / bread baked in a wood-fired oven By briciole 11/15/13 15:48 Slices of bread goodness The moment when time stops for a bread baker is when he or she tastes the first slice. You hold the bread in your hands, you look at it closely and evaluate the crust, the crumb, the aroma. Finally, you savor the first morsel. At...
Insalata turca di carote con yogurt / Turkish carrot salad with yogurt Insalata turca di carote con yogurt / Turkish carrot salad with yogurt By briciole 11/03/13 21:45 [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] look to the rainbow Brilliant blueberry or reddish purple, bright orange, pale yellow or an ivory that, the first time I saw it, made me wonder whether I was looking at a parsnip that had smuggled...
Žlinkrofi: ravioli di frutta secca sloveni / Slovenian dried fruit dumplings Žlinkrofi: ravioli di frutta secca sloveni / Slovenian dried fruit dumplings By briciole 10/27/13 14:33 [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] greetings from Slovenia: Žlinkrofi I recently taught a pasta making class and a couple of participants mentioned their interest in learning to make ravioli. The class was about eggless pasta, i.e.,...
Zucchine al curry / curried zucchini Zucchine al curry / curried zucchini By briciole 09/09/13 09:23 [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] an embarrassment of (zucchini) riches There was a time when I thought that zucchine were the epitome of the unpalatable vegetable. I disliked zucchini with visceral intensity, no matter how they were...
Pulla / panini finlandesi / Finnish buns Pulla / panini finlandesi / Finnish buns By briciole 08/20/13 18:35 [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] pulla: plain and stuffed There is magic in my world to which I will never get used, like sunlight filtering through the redwoods, fog coming into the San Francisco Bay through the Golden Gate, full...
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...
Lorighittas al sugo piccante / lorighittas with spicy hot tomato sauce Lorighittas al sugo piccante / lorighittas with spicy hot tomato sauce By briciole 04/28/13 18:36 Ready to dry Inspiration often comes unexpectedly. When I followed the link to read this post by Aioulik of Trattoria MuVarA (in Italian), I expected to be reminded of some of the great dishes typical of the Sardinian cuisine. The photo of the lovely pasta...
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...
Semi di sesamo / sesame seeds Semi di sesamo / sesame seeds By briciole 03/10/13 09:07 Something mysterious in the making Can you guess what I am making? I am not planning to keep you hanging for long: The revelation will occur in a few days. I am actually proud of myself, because I figured out a rather efficient way of rolling "the thing"...
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...
Cagliata / cheese curds Cagliata / cheese curds By briciole 12/15/12 08:11 Pretty cheese curds I recently gave myself a gift: Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking by Gianaclis Caldwell. A couple of days after getting the book, I made a cheese from it: a Tomme. I won't know how it tastes for at least a couple of months. This is my contribution...
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...

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