I Dolci

Fichi Canditi (Candied Figs) an ancient recipe, Grosseto Caffé in Forchetta (Coffee on a Fork) Lucca Cookbooks by Lorenza de’Medici: TUSCANY The Beautiful Cookbook (image 1 and 2, photographer Peter Johnson) ITALY The Beautiful Cookbook (image 3, photographer Mike Hallson) ALSO BY Lorenza de’Medici: MEDITERRANEAN The Beautiful Cookbook ITALY TODAY The Beautiful Cookbook The Heritage of […]

If you won the latest give-away…

–a $100 gift card–  to shop in by linen &  lavender What do you think you might select? Maybe a Beta-Plus book with hundreds  of ideas for creating your dream kitchen? Compendium: KITCHENS You could get that hefty book and still have enough left to get these charming glass jars.  I was wishing for more […]

“One of my earliest memories of living in Paris…

…is entering the local bistro as a three-year-old, being greeted by the courtly waiter, and then being charmed by a dish that immediately caught my eye:  escargots on display in a glass case…”-excerpt, Olives and Oranges, page 209. Recipe:  Roasted Scallops with “Snail Butter” and Mâche  (quick cook recipe – makes 4 main course servings or […]

Goat cheese with honey and a platter of figs.

Goat Cheese with Honey In Catalonia, mild goat cheese served with honey is called mel i mató.  Similar cheese, like French-style fromage blanc, fresh ricotta, Italian aged ricotta salata, and Greek manouri, are paired with fragrant honey throughout the Mediterranean.  In Italy and in the Basque country, aged mountain cheese and sharp sheep’s-milk cheeses are […]

Pear, Basil and Pecorino Toscano Salad

From the book “Olives and Oranges” page 82…(making use of those beautiful pears we just received for Christmas!): 12 oz Pecorino Toscano cheese 4 ripe pears, cored and cut into eighths 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon Vin Santo vinegar or other high-quality mild white wine vinegar 1/4 teaspoon fleur de […]