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Easter in the kitchen

Easter in the kitchen

Let’s start with a truism. The good thing about Christmas is that it brings the family together, and maybe gifts us a bit of snow and some gorge...

Lenten Diet

Lenten Diet

In Italy, the idea of Easter is inextricably bound up with Catholic doctrine and the liturgy, behind which lie two thousand years of pagan r...

Prosciutto San Daniele

Prosciutto San Daniele

Those who would enter the town must pass through the Porta Gemona (the Portonat, in the local dialect). It was designed by none other than the great s...

Tortèl Dols di Colorno

Tortèl Dols di Colorno

Studying the history of tortelli is a fascinating occupation, because it forks out into countless cultural avenues and nuggets of folk wisdom. Th...

Lampredotto

Lampredotto

“Alright, mate? How do you want it?”“Good and wet!” Standard conversation to be had with one of Florence’s many lam...

The King Trumpet Mushroom

The King Trumpet Mushroom

The King Trumpet Mushroom is a mushroom in a rage. A rage like Rockerduck’s enmity for his sworn enemy Scrooge McDuck, both rivals in ...

September impression

September impression

More than any other, September is the month of transition. Technically speaking, two thirds of it is still summer, but our thoughts have taken a turn ...

Don’t be a boar!

Don’t be a boar!

Can the wild boar be considered one of the cornerstones of Tuscan cuisine?[Stefano P. Frassineti, 2021] To misquote the great Tuscan comic Carlo...

Prosciutto toscano

Prosciutto toscano

Tuscan prosciutto, unsalted bread and a nice glass of Chianti. It seems like the quintessential Tuscan snack, or aperitivo, if we’re going to be...

Pici. But you can call them Pinci

Pici. But you can call them Pinci

Pici, pinci, appicciare...what are you talking about? That would have been the response of any number of Florentines, had they been asked if they kne...

Elaion, treasure from afar

Elaion, treasure from afar

Dozens of questions can be asked about extra-virgin olive oil: many authoritative means of communication have tackled the matter from different points...