Category: Nourish

MY FOOD POSTS

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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panzanella

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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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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