The real Italian heart beats in the peasants. Somewhat our royals have been always underwhelming. Take our former Savoy kings, for example. It is said that ladyfingers – savoiardi in Italian – have been created at the court of Amadeus VI duke of Savoy in honor of Charles V king of France. As the story goes,…… Continue reading Home-made Ladyfingers
I am born in a time – early 60s if you are curious – when food was not too fashionable. I still remember the arrival of cream in my life. My mum did not use cream, she was Sicilian. By her law, a sauce is red and must be made with tomato and olive oil.…… Continue reading spaghetti with salmon and brandy
I must be the only woman on the Western hemisphere who is not on a diet after the holidays. It can’t be healthy to be on a diet in the dead of the winter. Besides – with all my food intolerances – I live in such a modesty I can afford some culinary cuddling. Don’t…… Continue reading Grazia’s chantilly cream
A super easy concoction of chestnut jam, mascarpone and ricotta, this chestnut cream makes for a quick, yet sophisticated dessert with the flavors of fall.
This is a healthy, refreshing and quite good-looking soup. “Vellutata” means “velvety” in Italian, referring to the creamy consistency of the soup. I make it when I desperately need a nutritious and light meal in hardly any time. I often keep a bag of pre-washed spinach in the fridge, but a bag of good quality…… Continue reading spinach and pasta “vellutata” soup
I think nobody who doesn’t know me already is ever going to find this recipe. There’s 1 million and 970 thousand hits for “grilled eggplants” on Google. With more than 2 million people out there who can grill eggplants this is probably going to be slightly redundant. The thing is, I did not grow up…… Continue reading grilled lemon-and-garlic marinated eggplants
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