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Posted 10/15/2014

Anise Shortbread with Coffee Glaze

Fall is finally here, and as much as we so love the flavors that define summer, we also thoroughly enjoy the way that starting to bake more than usual marks our calendar every year. Kids are back in school, the wardrobes have been switched, and as the days get shorter and all colors around are changing, it is absolutely  comforting having a few dozen warm cookies cooling off on a kitchen rack.

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Posted 10/02/2014

The Tuscan Gun – Dinner Series in Brooklyn – Round #02

Damn I am tired! These past two weeks have been a real grinder, but oh we had so much fun. I want to thank fans and friends that visited us in the small space we rented for the first round of dinners. Some of you came for very far away, and truly left me speechless because of your love and excitement… in all honesty, I did not expect all this to explode the way it did. An opportunity to meet and dine together has transformed itself into some sort of pilgrimage to Brooklyn: who drove from Orlando (yes, Florida) to come celebrate their Wedding Anniversary, who flew from Atalanta (I know you had milage and flew for free, but still!) and who decided to favor the train while coming from upstate NY or Philadelphia, so they could enjoy all the food and the wine without worries! To all of you, THANK YOU!!!  Continue Reading…

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Posted 09/02/2014

SOLD OUT – Extra Virgin Cook Book \ Pop Up Dinners in Brooklyn – SOLD OUT

It has been a long summer. The girls and I have returned from Italy a couple of weeks ago; we finished shooting the 5th Season of Extra Virgin and we also enjoyed a few glorious days of vacation with friends and family.

We have returned ready to hit it hard. Debi has a new TV series that will start shooting this September, we are getting ready to film an Extra Virgin Thanksgiving Special episode for Cooking Channel and the New York Wine and Food Festival is quickly approaching. Continue Reading…

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Posted 07/25/2014

Coffee Cream Tart

We are right now having a blast in Fiesole, shooting the 5th season of Extra Virgin. The girls are running through the fields chasing hares and pheasants, Debi is obsessively buying table cloths, dishes and whatever else she “feels” our little Pink House needs, and uncle Robert has been dividing his time between befriending our local construction workers (especially the ones wearing tank tops) and walking through town in search of a wet-shave. Continue Reading…

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Posted 07/08/2014

Speck and Mustard Green Pizza

Pizza is the perfect template for being creative with food. You can pretty much put anything you want on the dough, sweet or savory, bake it and at the very least it won’t be bad and it’s always a lot of fun. To make it really good, however, can be a little trickier.

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Posted 06/28/2014

Porcini Carpaccio

Porcini mushrooms are truly a gift of nature, and a blessing for anybody with a passion for food. Leonardo Da Vinci is quoted saying that “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”; nothing could be more true about this wonderful ingredient.

The following recipe for the carpaccio is extremely quick and easy, and in its incredible simplicity will deliver the pure flavor of the Earth to your palate.

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Posted 06/20/2014

Coffee Gelato

Gelato in Italy is an ubiquitous food item; every city has a “best Gelateria in town”, every region has its very own specialty flavors, and every home has always leftover gelato in their kitchen freezer. Gelato is a very democratic food item; it pleases kids and adults at the same time, it can be anything from an afternoon snack on a cone (I like mine topped with whipped cream), to a high cuisine dessert, or like in this case it can be a simple family project to be enjoyed on a hot summer evening.

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Posted 05/23/2014

Wood Fired Breakfast Pizza

Unlike most of the recipes that have been passed down through my family for generations, this one came to me one day like a spark of genius here in Los Angeles. Whenever we cook out and have a party with friends we light up the pizza oven. Getting it up to temperature, however, takes quite a few hours and usually involves hearing complaints from my girls because they are hungry and don’t want to wait until later for pizza when the guests arrive. The result is this breakfast pizza. Continue Reading…

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Posted 05/13/2014

Octopus Salad

Octopus is one of those ingredients that’s present in the Mediterranean diet wherever you go. In Italy, during the summer, it’s really easy to find octopus salads or pasta with red octopus sauce. They’re really hard to catch because of the camouflage, but I remember catching them with a spear when I was a kid. I like the animal. It’s very smart and it tastes good. All you need here is a glass of dry white wine and a slice of toasted bread!

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