pasta therapy: maltagliati

I have a wonderful 1950 copy of Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book. The first couple of pages show  pictures of the company’s test kitchens. One is a red and white “polka dot” kitchen. It’s a dreamy place populated by  an adorable, immaculately dressed and coiffed housewife. She is enjoying an ironing session against the cheerful backdrop of a yellow wall. The kitchen’s photo caption says … Continue reading pasta therapy: maltagliati

Umbrian lentil and farro soup

farro and lentil soup

ZUPPA DI LENTICCHIE E FARRO. Castelluccio di Norcia, in the South-East of Umbria is a tiny village located on a lonely outcrop at the centre of one of the most spectacular areas of Central Italy, the Piano Grande . The fields of this magnificent plain produce farro wheat, and the most delicious, tiny, tender  lentils. Farro is an ancestral wheat with a characteristic nutty flavor. … Continue reading farro and lentil soup