Category: Nourish


Pizzette: A Classic Italian Crowd Pleaser

As you know, I live in Tuscany, which in and by itself already implies the fact that I make pizza at home. We all do around these parts. And, we make different kinds of pizza depending on oor mood or event.  For example, I like to make little pizzette when hosting friends for an aperitivo …

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Tuscan Baked Beans (fagioli al forno)

Fagioli al Forno -Italian Baked Beans – is a popular Northern Italian Dish. Beans have always been a popular peasant food, but, during the Renaissance, Catherine de Medici wanted to refine Italian cuisine, and beans fell out of favor with the nobility and the sophisticated. The poor however couldn’t be particular — they still made their bean …

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schiacciata all’uva

Autumn is nearly here and it is wine harvest time in Tuscany.  Sadly, we had a very hot summer and were forced to pick our grapes a little early this year.. white ones middle of august and the red ones this week.  The delicate grapes are monitored daily during the month of August so they …

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Midsummer Zucchini Pancakes

Summer is in full swing now in Tuscany and our orto (vegetable garden) is overflowing with ripe summer zucchini. Each fruit and vegetable clearly  has a prime time when it’s at its seasonal best. Some are great for over half of the year; others only hit their peak for a month. To me eating from …

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I always forget just how amazing panzanella is, but last week while on retreat in Tuscany our amazing chef prepared it for lunch and I was reminded just how much I love this dish. Panzanella is a traditional Tuscan salad made with chopped salad vegetables, anchovies, and day old bread soaked in a simple dressing. …

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