Cooking Tips and Ingredients · Pasta · Recipes

a gluten-free pasta dough which makes me happy

Pasta is my favorite food in the world. Pasta is sublime and comforting in its many forms, colors and textures. For an Italian cook, making pasta represents the very essence of cooking. It’s not only a habit, a tradition, a requirement. It’s deeper than that. It’s art. It’s in our genes. Changing from a cornucopia… Continue reading a gluten-free pasta dough which makes me happy

Appetizers · Cooking Tips and Ingredients · Fresh Pasta · Recipes · Spring · Vegetables

asparagus 101

With all the running around, worries and excitement about the new house I forgot to post my April article in The American in Italia magazine featuring another of my favorite recipes, Parmesan and asparagus eggs. Please remember that if you don’t have wild asparagus or the season is over, you need to choose fairly thin… Continue reading asparagus 101

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pasta for beginners

Pasta is such a convenient food and it’s made in a million ways all over the planet. Accordingly, it will taste everything from boring, to vibrant, from disgusting to heavenly. Don’t believe anybody who tells you they don’t like pasta. Most likely they have not tasted the real thing. Sorry to be smug, but the… Continue reading pasta for beginners

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the 5th taste

  Did you ever ask yourself why some Italian foods have become universally accepted? Nowadays pizza, tomato sauce, lasagne, cured olives, prosciutto can be found  in the most unsuspected corners of the globe. There are many historic and cultural reasons for this phenomenon. It’s delicious food, you will think. Convenient, yes. Kid friendly, great. But… Continue reading the 5th taste

Cooking Tips and Ingredients · Dried Pasta · Life in Umbria · Pasta · Recipes

the antimafia and other very good pasta

“GO BUY  ME A KILO PASTA, WILL YOU?????” This Italy here  is a crazy country and always will be, but important priorities are respected. A good bowl of pasta is  hardly ever refused. So easy,  so good, so comforting. It’s in our genes, in our blood, it’s the mother of foods. Pasta comes first, not… Continue reading the antimafia and other very good pasta

Cooking Tips and Ingredients · Recipes · Summer · Vegetables · Video

I’m going eggplant

Eggplant, aubergine, has been around the Mediterranean for more than 500 years. No wonder this luxurious vegetable of Indian origin became a staple of Sicilian cooking. In a land too dry and warm to support large-scale cattle breeding, meat was an expensive rarity. Peasants in Southern Italy lived on a basic diet of olive oil,… Continue reading I’m going eggplant