Florentine Steak (Bistecca alla Fiorentina)

I don’t grill. I hate fire. I hate flames. I shop, prepare, cook, serve and pour the wine but I don’t grill. (I also hate cleaning up –┬ádid I mention that?) My husband Peter grills and actually has developed quite the reputation for his fine grilling skills. Nevertheless, I hover next to him over the grill making sure he takes the food off at the exact time I think the meat is done. And I must do a great job […]

Homemade Pappardelle with Zucchini, Cherry Tomatoes and Pecorino

Pappardelle is a simple pasta made with flour, eggs and salt and it doesn’t take much time to prepare really good homemade pasta. Here is my small but useful handbook on how to prepare a perfect dough: 1) If possible, use a wooden board because the roughness of the wood is more suitable than a smooth surface. 2) When you add the eggs to the flour, lightly beat them with a fork and gently knead with your fingers so the […]

Egg Tart with Asparagus

Tortino agli Asparagi Verdi (Egg Tart with Asparagus)

When Laney arrived in Italy, I was so excited to finally meet her…and to get to know the American girl who would help me to speak English better and who gave me the opportunity to cook and join her blog! It was love at first sight! I spent three wonderful days with her, Monica and Cristina – eating, drinking and seeing places in Italy unknown even to me! We had such a great time! On the last day of her […]