Category: Food

MY FOOD POSTS

berry chia pudding

Life has certainly picked up the pace in the past two weeks. It seems not only mother nature is in the process of waking up from her winter slumber now. Between commuting to Florence for school in the mornings, working PT at a restaurant, teaching yoga, overseeing my custom rug company, and preparing for my …

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sunshine on a plate salad

Today was a chilly rainy day and after a long day of school, work, and running around Florence in the rain all I wanted was a little sunshine on my plate this evening. Following is my favorite winter citrus salad. It is super simple to make and packed with flavor. Have you been enjoying your …

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montececeri granola

Today was one of those perfect Saturday afternoons in the Tuscan countryside, complete with a homemade lunch with a dear girlfriend, a hike, a beautiful sunset, and even a brief sighting of Bambi in our forest. There have been rumors of a young deer living in our forest and today we were fortunate enough to …

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red lentil soup

Like most soups, this healthy soup gets better with time, so make it a day a head if you can. Or enjoy it for a couple of days (if it lasts that long). This is not your typical lentil soup, trust me. 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 2-4 garlic cloves, …

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holiday hotcakes

Adapted from The New York Times Cookbook, these are my favorite pancakes to make on holidays or slow mornings at home. They are fluffy and moist on the inside. Once you try them, you’ll wonder about all those boxed pancake mixes — these hardly require any more work and they’re just so much better. And, …

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winter mushroom tart

This simple winter tart comes together so easily and quickly. Mushrooms are abundant in Tuscany right now and hard to resist at the market. This makes a perfect quick meal or appetizer for holiday guests. You can play around with different herbs for a unique flavor combination every time. 3 – 4 cups chopped Mushrooms …

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vegan chocolate cake

I’ve been wanting to try an olive oil chocolate cake for a long time now. And now that I have so much fine nuovo olive oil at home there was no excuse to wait any longer. I’ve used olive oil in muffins before and it’s made them super moist so I figured the same would …

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sick day chickpea soup

I’ve had a wicked and debilitating sinus cold this week. For someone who hardly ever gets sick, this was quite the wake up call. I suspect that the long travel from the US back to Italy as well as the change of weather from summer to fall had something to do with creating this imbalance …

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