Category: Nourish

MY FOOD POSTS

finocchio arrosto

As a general rule, Americans love Italian food, or at least they think they do. But what I’ve discovered by living in Tuscany is that most Americans have no clue what real Italian or Tuscan food is. Most American tourists come here, over indulge on pasta, pizza, bread, wine, etc.. and then lament the fact …

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insalata viola

Yesterday as I was walking through the olive grove I couldn’t help but notice all the new purple wildflowers that have popped this week. It seems that every few days a new color seems to dominate our land and I’ve been mesmorized by the sheer beauty and wild colors all around me. Spring is such …

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roasted fennel salad

my oh my, it seems like winter just won’t give up. While the past few weeks have been sunny, warm, and filled with springtime blooms this week has been surprisingly cold in Tuscany. A good reminder that seasons don’t change overnight and that everything is always in a state of flux.  My fantasies of spending …

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Crunchy Thai Salad

Lime and mango are back in season in Italy and I couldn’t be happier. This combined with the fact that I have yet to find a real authentic Thai restaurant in Florence means that I am back to making all sorts of Thai inspired meals at home again. This crunchy salad is honestly  irresistible and …

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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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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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