Monday, December 31, 2012
I had a really hard time deciding what to cook for Christmas. We spent the holidays in Bari this year, and while Christmas Eve was all about fish, Christmas day was wide open. In the past we’ve done tortellini in brodo, as well as various stuffed and roasted fowl.
The thing was, I actually didn’t feel like spending the entire day in the kitchen. We stay at Domenico’s mom’s house, and while it’s spacious and comfortable and has a fantastic view of the sea, the kitchen is a bit dysfunctional. I make do. But I’d much rather be outside, walking along the Lungomare.
Monday, December 24, 2012
No snow this year. And no trip back to the States. But there is lots of eating planned in Bari. That's how we'll be celebrating. I hope your holidays are full of family and friends and are absolutely delicious. I truly appreciate all of you for following me this year, which has been a good one. Mostly thanks to you! I love hearing from you, reading your comments and sharing what's going on - whether I'm in the kitchen or on the road.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Things are always happening in Monti. Some people complain that I write about this neighborhood too much. But, there’s a reason a lot of great things are there. It’s a fantastic place to wander around, and is right in the center.
One of the newest places to open is Gaudeo. This small shop does one thing, and one thing only: panini. Which is a really good thing, because with the changes over at Tricolore (which, for the moment, is not doing sandwiches anymore) Monti needed a reliable gourmet panino place. Right?
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
By no means is this a recipe for a "Christmas Cake." It’s not one of those traditional Italian recipes that are made on one day of the year to celebrate a specific holiday - like the Madonna della Salute - or even any of the regional/seasonal sweets that show up only this time of year.
But this is a deliciously good Italian cake. And not too difficult. And if you decorate it as I saw it done recently at a friends house it certainly does look Christmasy doesn’t it?
Monday, December 17, 2012
I know it seems like I’m always writing about places I’ve been meaning to visit for a long time. But it’s true. There are so many places on my ‘to do’ list, that it’s hard to work them all in and not explode.
Part of this has to do with new places opening up (and there’s been a lot of that lately in Rome.) But my "to do" list is also full of traditional, old fashioned trattorie that have been around forever but that - for whatever reason - I’ve never been to.
Danilo was at the top of the list. It’s a foodies favorite here in Rome, in all the guides, blogs and magazine articles. It regularly makes it on to ‘top ten’ lists of best carbonara in town. Which would make you think I’d have been there many times over by now, right?
Thursday, December 13, 2012
I love beets. So whenever I see them, I buy them. At home I wash them off, wrap them in tin foil and roast them. Once cooled, the skin slips off and they're ready. I stick them in the fridge, and then use them during the week. Usually in some sort of salad.
So on Saturday, when I saw beets at the farmers market I bought what I thought were two huge bunches. The bunches were in fact huge. But most of the bunch was made up by the greens. The beets themselves were actually pretty small. Which is great since I knew they would be tender. But the problem was, I kind of thought I had bought more actual beets than I really had.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
When Domenico and I were in Venice a few weeks ago, wandering through the Rialto market, we kept seeing haunches of cured meat hanging in all the butcher shops. I’d never noticed them before, in all the times I’d been to Venice. So I went in to investigate.
The butcher told me that they were castradina, a Venetian specialty. Since it was a Saturday, he was sort of rushed, and was a bit bothered by our questions. He hurriedly explained that it was a leg of lamb that had been soaked in salt water for a few weeks, then smoked.
Sounded good to me.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Is there still time to add to my Christmas list? Because Santa, if you’re still shopping, I’d really love something from this store I visited in Murano a few weeks ago.
If you’ve ever been to Venice - and especially Murano - then you know how much effort goes in to making really complicated, expensive, horrifically ugly glass objects. If one more person tells me about how much skill it takes to make one of those scary multi-colored clowns I think I'll puke. And while I’m as seduced as the next person by feats of skill such as blowing a glass octopus the size of a fingernail, I really don’t think there need to be hundreds of stores selling them.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
I’ve been meaning to write about making olive oil for a long time. Like, about 3 years. Ever since I started this blog. I even took some video, and thought that for sure by now I’d have written about it.
But the problem is that the topic is so huge, I just didn’t know where to begin. So what I’ve decided to do is share a few photos with you, as well as a short video. And tell you a bit about our own personal olive oil making.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Whenever I go to a food fair, I always seem to come back with lots of beans. It's a no brainer. Beans are good to eat. Beans are cute. And beans last for ages. (And then there's the whole good for you, low fat, blah blah blah thing). I go especially crazy at the Salone del Gusto, where the beans are flying in from all over the world.
This year was no different. Kilos and kilos of beans filled my suitcase on my way home from Torino. Due to a lot of traveling over the past month, I'm only just now starting to cook my way through them.
This weekend I played around with my sack of Fagiolo di Sorana. These little white beans come from Tuscany, and were one of the first from that area to be recognized by Slow Food’s Presedi. In other words, they are a heritage variety, in danger of dying out.
Monday, December 3, 2012
As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been going up to Venice a lot lately. I love Venice, and so it doesn’t take much to get me there. But I hadn’t been in the last year or so, and thought a trip was long due.
That, plus the fact that I’m writing a new app. Yes, EAT VENICE is almost done. So many of you have asked for a Venice version of EAT ROME and EAT FLORENCE, that I figured the time was right. I’m just finishing up the last bits and pieces, and hoping it will hit the App Store in mid January.
Just in case you’re wondering: yes, I do eat in pretty much all the places I write about. So that meant a lot of eating in the last few months. (Loving my Eileen Fisher stretchy pants these days) But I’m also going back and looking at notes of places I’ve been to in Venice over the last few years. And one of the most amazing dining experiences I had was at Venissa.