Cioccoshow — The Magic of Chocolate

The Chocolate Show in Bologna, Italy

The Cioccoshow came to New York last week and I was lucky enough to have a taste.  Cioccoshow is an annual event held in Bologna, Italy featuring artisanal chocolates made  in Italy.  This year,  the 10th edition of the show, will be larger than ever.  The Cioccoshow runs from November 12 to 16.  There will ...

September 30, 2014   No Comments

What I Cooked on My Summer Vacation

Locally grown San Marzano tomatoes, green beans, garlic and more

The produce at our local farmers' market, known as the Greenmarket, has been absolutely dazzling lately and I have been having a lot of fun cooking. Here are some red bell peppers that I roasted.  We ate them dressed with olive oil, garlic and oregano. I found some perfect zucchini and stuffed them with ground meat, cheese ...

September 1, 2014   2 Comments

Pasta with a Thousand Herbs

Sage and Thyme

Every summer I grow as many herbs as I can in the planters on my city terrace.  I plant parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme of course, plus this year  tarragon, mint, marjoram, oregano, lavender, and 3 kinds of basil.  The plants are beautiful and smell so good but the best thing is having a steady ...

August 8, 2014   2 Comments

IMAF Chefs’ Cup 2014

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I was honored to be asked to judge the IMAF --International Migration Art Festival-- Chef's Cup 2014.  This competition pairs Italian Michelin starred chefs and challenges them to create a dish inspired by a famous movie.  The two finalists this year were Andrea Mattei of the Restaurant La Magnolia in the Hotel Lord Byron in Forte dei ...

June 18, 2014   2 Comments

Veneto Vacation

Tortellini

Most  travelers to Italy go to Venice, but few travel to the surrounding region known as the Veneto.  That's too bad because it has so much to offer. Our flight landed at the Venice Marco Polo Airport, but instead of staying we drove off to Verona, a small and gracious city famous for its Ancient ...

June 9, 2014   2 Comments

Clementine Upside Down Cake for Mother’s Day

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Upside down cakes seem touched by magic.  I love the way the tender caramelized fruit  appears on the top when you turn the cake out of the pan, forming a glossy topping on the buttery cake which soaks up their juices. It looks wonderful and it is delicious to eat. Italian cooks also are fond of upside down cake, known ...

May 7, 2014   No Comments