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 green asparagus and use them as soon as possible so … Continue reading asparagus 101

beef straccetti with asparagus and spring onions

STRACCETTI DI MANZO CON ASPARAGI. Spring, spring, spring! Quick, quick, quick! Who wants to be inside with this beautiful weather? Who wants a complicated dinner when there’s lavender to prune, petunias to plant, dry leaves to sweep? I love this dish, it’s light and juicy, it has the crunch and aroma of my favorite vegetables and it’s ready in 10 min. The term “straccetti” means … Continue reading beef straccetti with asparagus and spring onions

spaghetti con asparagi

SPAGHETTI WITH (WILD) ASPARAGUS Foraging is all the rage nowadays, but Italians have never stopped these sort of primitive habits. My father has never made a walk for the sake of it in his entire life. He actually drives to my aunt’s house  300 mt away.  For a bunch of wild asparagus however, at 77 he still challenges the Umbrian slopes and the occasional viper. … Continue reading spaghetti con asparagi

Asparagus and pancetta risotto

Ask 2 Italians what’s the correct way to prepare pasta. You will get the same story from both: al dente, toss with sauce, serve piping hot. Ask two Italians how to make a risotto. You will get 2 stories. Ask 4 of them, you will get 4 stories.  Stir, don’t stir. Use only butter, oil’s forbidden. No! olive oil’s  OK. Condiments at the beginning, no, … Continue reading Asparagus and pancetta risotto