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Posted 07/30/2013

Olive Tapenade

Unsalted Tuscan bread is unsalted because in Tuscany we love food that has a lot of flavor and the tapenade is the perfect example of a condiment that has a true kick to it. This is something my mom always made for Summer parties. She used to cure barrels of  her own olives and I was in charge of pitting, peeling and chopping piles of them for the tapenade. Continue Reading…

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Posted 07/21/2013

Pappa al Pomodoro (Tuscan Bread Soup)

Welcome to our first episode of the season.
Today, to fulfill the requests of many of you that read the article on People Magazine, we are cooking for you the famous Pappa al Pomodoro!
A brief note about what you will see, as there are two small differences in the way Rosanna and I prepare the Pappa.
She sautes the whole cloves of garlic to flavor the oil, and then she takes them out.
I chop the garlic and I leave it in…I love garlic! Continue Reading…

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Posted 07/17/2013

Coffee Entertainment Tip #02

When you make coffee using a moka machine, always make sure to stir the content of the coffee machine before starting to pour the coffee into cups. The first coffee the machine yields is stronger and more concentrated, the top half of the machine is much lighter and diluted. Continue Reading…

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Posted 07/16/2013

Wood Fired Leg of Lamb

I Love to Play With Fire!

There is something very special that happens to me when I decide to diss the kitchen stove in favor of my Pizza Oven or even just an improvised simple fire-pit. My father taught me at a very young age that cooking on a live wood flame is one of the best ways to respect your food, to connect with it and celebrate it with due diligence. Continue Reading…

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Posted 07/09/2013

Coffee Shortbread

I do not like baking that much. I think it is because of the restrictions imposed by working with exact measures and quantities. Not being able to improvise in the kitchen kills my mojo a bit, I need to feel free to add or subtract a little of this or a little of that, and I need to be able to do it whenever I feel like. When it comes to baking, the whole Farmer’s Philosophy that “The Scale Is In The Hand” does not really apply much! But I have kids, and they expect me to bake, they demand cookies, they don’t care witnessing their father succumbing to childish rants when a recipe fails: “Babbo, don’t worry, you can try again, we’ll help”!  Continue Reading…

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Posted 06/19/2013

Coffee Entertaining Tip #01

In summer we never toss in the sink whatever coffee is left in our moka pot, rather we keep on filling ice cube trays with it and we make “espresso iced cubes”! Add two or three cubes to a half glass of cold whole milk in a hot summer morning to get going.

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Posted 06/17/2013

Creamy Mocha Popsicle

Summer seem to have finally arrived in NYC! We successfully concluded one very intense week of food photography for our upcoming cookbook, it has been a continuous feast as we cooked about 10-13 recipes a day; ate a lot, drank a lot. Today we rest, kids are in school for one final week, Debi and I need to make the most of it, maybe a couple of lunch dates?! We met in the kitchen as we do everyday after I drop the kids at school and walk the dog, and started chatting about stuff; we are both very tired because of last week, not really planning much for the day. Continue Reading…

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Posted 06/13/2013

Fried Squash Blossoms

These are the flowers that grow off  the zucchini. Ever since I can remember this was a favorite Summer dish growing up. I clearly remember going to the vegetable store and seeing all  the flowers displayed in brown boxes or bags ready for the picking. If we weren’t going into town, my mother just as easily sent me over to my grandmother’s to pick them fresh from the farm.

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Posted 06/13/2013

Lemon Brulé Tart

Do you ever wake up with a craving? Do you ever start titillating with the idea of a luxurious dinner, even before taking the first sip of your morning coffee? I usually do. Very often it gives a whole new purpose to the day I am about to live, setting the pace for what I will shop for, when I will start cooking, and also very often it dictates what I will have for lunch… yes, when I plan my family dinners I often find myself starving throughout the day, to make sure that when 7 pm comes around I am ready to literally attack the table. Continue Reading…

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