Cook

I love to cook. This should come as no surprise if you consider that I come from a family of (mostly) wonderful cooks. Both my parents are great behind the stove and from time to time I will share with you some of their recipes as well: my Mom makes amazing pasta dishes, while my Dad is a risotto expert. My Grandma Mina also was a very good – although impatient – cook: her gnocchi and meatloaf recipes are epic, just to name a few. My Mom’s aunt was a professional cook and yes, we still have some of her special recipes written down, so I’ll be sharing those as well. And then there is me. I always liked to hang out in the kitchen as a kid, watching my parents prep and cook. As a teenager, I started cooking when my parents weren’t around, first only for myself, then for my friends as well. When I moved to the U.S. in my early 20s I bought my first cookbook: it was the great American classic “The Betty Crocker Cookbook” and I studied it from the first page to the last. I started cooking and started experimenting and kept buying more books. I never stopped. I know own more than 100 cookbooks and I absolutely love cooking. So are you ready? Let’s get cooking!

A risotto that celebrates the arrival of spring with lots of fresh vegetables. Spring is here… are you all super excited? I am not 😉 My favorite time of the year is winter, so March isn’t exactly my fave month… I mean, ski season is over and won’t be able to ski for another 8 months now. But there are a few things I’m happy about these days. The first one is that I get…

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I learned to love clams when I was very young, so young that no one would have ever thought I might like them. It was one and my parents and I were vacationing on the beautiful island off the coast of Tuscany called Isola del Giglio. When my mom ordered spaghetti with clams she had no idea they were going to find out the biggest (littlest) clam fan ever. As soon as the spaghetti with…

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Not all rice is created equal. There is rice and then there is risotto. And although I enjoy rice dishes as much as the next person, risotto is a whole different story. I don’t just ‘like it’. I love it, crave it, dream of it. Risotto has its origins in northern Italy, where rice paddies are abundant and the inclement winter weather is conducive to a richer, heavier cuisine than in the south. I, also,…

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Gnocchi is probably the recipe that most reminds me of my paternal grandma, Mina. She used to make gnocchi for me every Wednesday for lunch and let me tell you, they were the best. They were soft, but not too soft, and she made them with melted butter, cheese and sage. They were simple, yet the most delicious dish in the world. I spent every Wednesday morning not paying attention in school because I was…

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It’s Sunday, and Sunday means time for cooking and for sharing delicious food with family and friends: let me introduce you to Supper Sundays, where I’ll be (trying) to share my favorite recipes. There are a few things I could eat every day, lunch and dinner: homemade pizza, strawberry sorbet in a waffle cone, and pasta are some of them. Pretty obvious choices for an Italian girl. But there’s one dish that I could eat…

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