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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...
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...
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...
Composta Composta By briciole 06/21/12 07:32 Compost pile kale blooming on my compost pile Kale is everywhere in my garden. The language corner: the word composta in Italian can mean compote or compost. The photo above is my contribution to edition #38 of Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Photography...
Crema di fave e scapi florali d'aglio Crema di fave e scapi florali d'aglio By briciole 05/29/12 09:48 Fava bean and garlic scape spread a creamy shade of green For the current edition of Cook the Books, we are reading The United States of Arugula by David Kamp (2006). I don't think I can add much to the many reviews the book has received since its publication....
Minestra di fave e piselli Minestra di fave e piselli By briciole 05/19/12 15:51 Fava bean and English pea soup [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] a flavorful soup Fresh fava beans and English peas (a.k.a., garden peas) were among the purchases I made last Sunday, at the Temescal Farmers' Market (Oakland, CA). By...
Visita a Yosemite Visita a Yosemite By briciole 05/13/12 16:21 Visit to Yosemite Half Dome and a portion of Yosemite Valley Every day is Earth Day (la Giornata della Terra). Yet, spending the day in Yosemite National Park made for a special celebration this year. Yosemite is one of the most famous parks in the US and...
Eleganza Eleganza By briciole 05/11/12 23:25 Elegance elegant draping of the cloth In this photo I took during the cheese-making workshop I attended recently, you see the Bel Paese cheese we made on day 2 early in the draining period. The cheese has been flipped once, as evidenced by the surface,...
Una pasta veloce per cena numero 261: il riepilogo Una pasta veloce per cena numero 261: il riepilogo By briciole 04/27/12 17:32 Presto Pasta Nights #261: the roundup It's Friday and time to share the pasta dishes that I have received as contributions to edition #261 of Presto Pasta Nights, the popular event created by Ruth of Once Upon a Feast. For each contribution, I will give...
Lassi alla fragola Lassi alla fragola By briciole 04/15/12 16:44 strawberry lassi [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] strawberry lassi made with kefir Having a steady supply of homemade kefir means being able to experiment with it on the spur of the moment. My husband likes Indian food and when he...
Kefir fatto in casa Kefir fatto in casa By briciole 03/23/12 14:22 Homemade kefir mango lassi made with kefir A couple of months ago, I made kefir using this culture. The process was straightforward and in about 24 hours, we could taste it. I ended up making fresh cheese with it: I will describe that in an upcoming post....
Minestra d'orzo Minestra d'orzo By briciole 03/11/12 14:23 Barley soup [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] barley soup The second region we are visiting as part of the Italian tour recently started in Valle d'Aosta, is Trentino Alto-Adige. This time, I cannot rely on personal memories to say...
Trota al vino rosso Trota al vino rosso By briciole 02/23/12 19:18 Trout in red wine [cliccare il link per andare alla versione in italiano] trout in red wine With this post, I am starting an exploration of traditional dishes from the various regions of Italy in the company of other bloggers. We start from the north-west...

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