Pappardelle with nettles & dried tomatoes

Pappardelle con ortiche e pomodori secchi Pasta is my┬ápassion, so it happened that looking for a good pasta brand, I found a California homemade pasta at the Framer’s market. A few well chosen types of pasta, fettuccine, sheets for lasagna, penne, all surprisingly good, thick and a little rough as it should be. Today I…

Encore veggie burgers: kale and potatoes

I did it again. Veggie burgers for the happiness of our vegetarian friends, and also mine even though I am not vegetarian. I love vegetables with all their derivates, remixing, and interpretations. This time is a very peculiar veggie burger made with a healthy combination of kale and potatoes. You can replace kale with spinach…

Spinach and eggs: a super supply of iron and vitamins

Two easy recipes that I prepared some days ago picking from my sunday basket (this sunday basket): two beautiful bunches of spinach and duck eggs. When I chose and cleaned the spinach I separated the bigger outer leaves from the inner smaller ones. I boiled the larger leaves to prepare the dish of the first…

Fillo pockets with radicchio, cheese and pears

Taschine di fillo con radicchio, provola e pere Fillo pastry is a kind of “not when I am in the rush” thing, but with a few tricks you can have delicious bites in a relatively short time. Here are my “tricks”: 1) spray oil instead of brushing butter on each sheet (which also makes your…

The small boat in the clouds

Once upon a time there was a little zucchini that wanted to play the “perfect spring meal on a sunny day…” Sun, who said sun? Who evoked spring? Yes I know, weather is not matching our wishes for clear sky and bright colors and for the delicate and delightful smell of the spring. But zucchini…

Greens, fruit, and cheese: the perfect combination

Thanksgiving is approaching quickly. As an Italian I would feel quite uncomfortable to give you the recipe for a traditional turkey, duck, or the various turducken combinations with casseroles that ensure American families a sensational Thanksgiving meal. So I will give my little contribution for tasty and light dishes for the days in between the…

A work day at home with a quick green break

To make the better use of fresh spinach, it is a good habit to separate the smaller more tender internal leaves to be eaten raw in salads, and cook the external thicker ones. So I did. Rich, healthy, and quick. Enrich your spinach leaves with raisins, walnuts, pine seeds, blue or gorgonzola cheese if you…

A green soup for a grey day

Grey and rainy here in the North Bay, but weather report says long lasting sun in the weekend and the next future. A fresh bunch of spinach and I took my chance for a may be my last hot soup of the season.

Gli gnocchi italiani

Ingredients to prepare gnocchi are so very simple that is difficult to go wrong with the recipe, even though the procedure requires attention, and to achieve a good result some expertise in cooking is needed.

Evviva!! My first veggie burger!

I love veggie burgers and I have desired for a long time to prepare some myself. I didn’t want to use beans and mushrooms, but edamame and some cereal that I had at home in great quantity. I chose some recipes from the internet and I changed and combined ingredients and proportions according to my…