Posts Tagged "Italy"

Pasta with Rosemary Tomato Sauce

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 | 0 comments

Pasta with Rosemary Tomato Sauce

Summertime dishes in Italy are traditionally light, fresh, and quick to prepare. Despite the use of cream in this recipe, this sauce is no exception. Fresh, fragrant rosemary brings out the sweet and summery flavor of the tomatoes, while the splash of cream gently balances any acidity. Serve it on its own or as an accompaniment to grilled salmon. Serves 6 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium cloves garlic, chopped 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes or crushed chili pepper 2-3 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary (1 large sprig) 1 pound fresh tomatoes, chopped (or 1 15-ounce can ground peeled tomatoes) 1/4...

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Spinach and ricotta lasagna

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 | 0 comments

Spinach and ricotta lasagna

Although we prefer to post only the most traditional recipes, this dish combines the best elements of traditional meat and vegetable lasagnas, and we couldn’t resist. This is guaranteed to satisfy even the most die-hard carnivore. Serves 4-6 1 generous pound of fresh spinach, about 3 bunches 8 oz fresh ricotta 4 tbs. butter 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 quart whole milk roughly 1 pound of fresh egg lasagna noodles, either store-bought or made from scratch (with 3 large eggs and about 2 cups flour) 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste a little more...

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I scream, you scream…

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 | 0 comments

I scream, you scream…

An ice-cream-loving reader in Ghana recently wrote to us about a woman he saw in the streets selling homemade ice cream: “Honey ice cream – I think I tasted cinnamon or nutmeg, but it was very subtle. It was dense, too…might be worth playing around with coconut/soy/condensed milk. There was also something almost fruity to it….maybe orange peel?” I for one wasn’t surprised to hear about this enterprising woman, as cultures in hot climes have been refreshing themselves with frozen foods for millennia. In fact, every culture wants to claim ice cream for its...

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Happy birthday, WWOOF!

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 | 0 comments

Happy birthday, WWOOF!

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably dreamed at some point of traveling to a remote location to learn about local food and agriculture first-hand. If you really want to get your hands dirty, you might take a look at WWOOF, or World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary of connecting volunteers to organic farms around the world. It had its origin in a weekend event at Tablehurst Farms in Sussex, England; Sue Coppard, a London office worker, wanted to support the organic movement and create an opportunity for people like herself to...

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Potato gnocchi

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 | 0 comments

Potato gnocchi

Serves 4 2 to 3 medium baking potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds) 1 large egg, beaten 1/2 tsp. salt 3/4 cup low-gluten flour (pastry or cake flour), plus extra for dusting Bake the potatoes at 400 degrees for a little over an hour, depending on size, until tender. When the potatoes are cool to the touch, cut each in half lengthwise and scoop out the flesh. Squeeze the flesh through a potato ricer into a bowl and measure out two cups, loosely packed. Allow the potatoes to cool to room temperature, uncovered. When cool, add the egg and salt. Mix the ingredients gently until just combined. Add the...

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Truffles: diamonds in the dirt

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 | 0 comments

Truffles: diamonds in the dirt

“Truffles are a luxury,” said James de Coquet, “and the first requirement of a luxury is that you should not have to economize.” As I must with anyone who stresses the importance of good food, I agree. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to put that philosophy into practice; good truffles are expensive. In fact, the most I’ve found on my plate at any time has been a layer of raw white truffle shavings topping a simple risotto. Th dish was divine, but just once I’d like to have the experience of sinking my teeth into a whole fresh truffle. Louis XIV knew the experience;...

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A hunter-gatherer’s dream

Posted by on Nov 9, 2011 | 2 comments

A hunter-gatherer’s dream

I find it absolutely thrilling to forage for my own food. Maybe it stems from my Baltimore upbringing. In the summer months, we liked to go crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay and catch enough crustaceans for a true Maryland crab feast. We would steam the poor beasts, dump them on tables lined with yesterday’s newspapers,crack them open with wooden mallets, and eagerly pick the sweet, delicate crabmeat from the shells. The crabs were somehow more delicious when we did the crabbing and steaming ourselves. When I arrived in Italy this fall, I had dreams of mushroom hunts. I envisioned finding my...

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An oasis of old-world charm

Posted by on Nov 1, 2011 | 0 comments

An oasis of old-world charm

Marcos and I decided to take a weekend trip to the beautiful lake district of Lago di Garda to purify our skin in the at the nearby Colà Lazise hot springs, buy some famous Lago di Garda olive oil, and relax by the beautiful lake. For accommodations, a friend of ours from the region suggested Agriturismo Sangallo in Bedizzole, within a fifteen-minute drive from the bustling little cities of Salò and Desenzano. As we turned onto the street leading to the agriturismo, we thought we must have copied the wrong address. The street was sandwiched between two industrial buildings, quite different...

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