Bonet ~ Caramel, coffee and amaretto dessert

The Bonet (perhaps the name comes from a word for "hat"?) is a traditional dessert from the Piedmont area. There are records of this dish which date back to the noble banquets of the 13th century. Enjoy!
November 18, 2012/by Riccardo

Salsa Verde Canapés

Crostini are little appetizers that you can invent yourself depending on what’s in season and what you have in the house. Salsa verde is a tangy herby sauce often served to accompany boiled meats, but delicious in its own right.
April 25, 2010/by Riccardo

Tuscan vegetable and bread soup

This soup, like many others, actually improves if left for a day or so. We make a large batch and have it in varied ways - without the bread soaked into it but served on top of hot toast rubbed with raw garlic or with the bread and served at room temperature.
October 25, 2010/by Riccardo

Tuscan Chicken Liver Paté

This is the most classic of all Tuscan crostini. Even those who say they don’t like paté love this one!
February 28, 2010/by Riccardo

Sundried Tomatoes

Sundried tomatoes prepared like this tend to much tastier than the ones you find already prepared in oil.
March 12, 2010/by Riccardo

Fried Zucchini Blossoms

This is a dish to be made and savoured immediately. You can even make it as a pre-dinner nibble while you finish cooking something time-consuming with friends.
March 12, 2010/by Riccardo
pappa al pomodoro

Pappa al Pomodoro ~ Tuscan Tomato, Bread and Herb Soup

This classic summer dish is very versatile: it can be eaten hot, at room temperature or chilled. It does however rely on ripe, tasty tomatoes.
June 7, 2010/by Riccardo

Mushroom crostini

Best served warm, these crostini will have your guests demanding more. You'll see that the vin santo gives the mushrooms a very special flavour, and the butter gives them a melt in the mouth texture.
February 20, 2010/by Riccardo
gnocchi

Potato Gnocchi and Potato and Spinach Gnocchi

The less flour you use, the lighter the gnocchi will be, but the more likely it will be to go mushy while you wait to cook it, handle it and when it is cooking in the water.
March 13, 2010/by Riccardo

Stuffed Round Zucchini/Courgettes

This recipe looks particularly good made with the cute round zucchini, but is equally tasty made with the long variety. Remember to be careful to reduce cooking times if your zucchini are small.
July 23, 2010/by Riccardo

Risotto

The best types of rice for making risotto are: Arborio, Carnaroli and Vialone nano. These have round grains and are starchy, becoming creamy when cooked.
March 17, 2010/by Riccardo

Porcini Sauce for Pasta

Fresh porcini are wonderfully aromatic and just melt in your mouth.
June 27, 2010/by Riccardo

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