Ask any Italian what they think about adding some extra virgin olive oil to their espresso and you’ll get a long, uninterrupted, blank stare. Luckily other countries are more adventurous and playful with their food. In case you are unaware, extra virgin olive oil in coffee is all the rage right now, specially in the
When it gets so hot that I can’t bother to turn on the stove or the oven, nothing says summer like gazpacho. This recipe is simple, nutritious, and oh so refreshing. There are only a handful of ingredients, so use the highest quality possible, especially the olive oil!
This herby lemony potato salad is rich, layered, and satisfying. It’s sure to be a show stopper of any Fourth of July BBQ!
“Every day is a renewal, every morning the daily miracle. This joy you feel is life.” — Gertrude Stein That’s a great reminder for me as I head out for another session of olive tree trimming. It’s the season of La Potatura, or in English – pruning. There’s a window of time between February and April
The Torta di Pasqua Umbra is a traditional recipe from Umbria. In every family there is somebody, young or old, male or female, that will make sure to bake enough of them for the Easter breakfast for you, the relatives and the neighbour.s It’s a rich and tasty cheese bread that goes well with all
This post is for the women in my family. I have tried to find a picture for each of them that would represent how I see them and what I feel their character was and is to me. I’m from a generation that was raised by women. My teachers were women. What I do today is mostly because of the strong, passionate women I have around. Thank you for your influence, your guidance, your example
Ah January and February in Italy. It’s cold. It’s gray. It’s rainy and snowy, and what makes me happy? Well, other than a fire going all day long? SOUP. On repeat. This isn’t just soup season; it’s High Soup Season. I want to feel cozy, and nothing gives me that sensation quite like a savory,
Not far from us lies the village of Deruta. Deruta is a small medieval hilltop town in Umbria famous for its ceramic tradition, which dates back to the 12th century. About six months ago, we began working with one of the most renowned artisans in the area to develop a custom cruet for Olivando. We
Amanda’s take on James Beard’s Persimmon Bread Yes, I know. I didn’t write that title without weight. Who the hell am I to re-write the recipe of a master?! Well, I don’t claim to be a chef, and I’m certainly no James Beard, but listen to me when I tell you that I made this
In the next installation of our Summer Recipe Series, I’m taking a trip down memory lane. When I was a child, we ate quick pickles throughout the summer. The best thing about this recipe is that it’s super simple. No special equipment or sterilization required!
Panzanella is a centuries-old recipe that dates back to the Middle Ages. It’s the perfect combination of fresh, crisp summer vegetables, tangy vinegar, and herbaceous, grassy olive oil. It was so beloved that it was enshrined by the Florentine Renaissance painter Agnolo di Cosimo’s poem ” Il lode delle cipolle,” or “An ode to onions.”
What to do when there’s more basil than you know what to do with? Pesto, obviously! It’s one of the best summer recipes out there. Here, we’re making it, Ligurian style, just like Nonna Lidia did in the first episode of Samin Nosrat’s Netflix series, “Salt Fat Acid Heat.” I was a little behind the eight ball in
Spring is for artichokes One of the aspects of Italian cuisine which I truly love is seasonal eating. Yes, we live in a world where one can find whatever their heart desires at any time of year. However, in this country, there remains an emphasis on seasonality. When I think of summer, I think of
What is Wild Asparagus? It’s nature’s bounty, and it’s just like it sounds – asparagus that grows wild. No tilling, planting, or watering required! Wild asparagus (asparagi selvatici in Italian) is a perennial flowering plant, and the early shoots are what we use as a spring vegetable. In this post we’re going to discuss foraging
If there’s one thing I’ve noticed since we started producing extra virgin olive oil, it’s that many of us are limited in our ideas of how to use high-quality olive oil. The first thing we think of is cooking and drizzling, but there is so much more. In this post, we’re going to talk about