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Cool Cucumber Summer Soup from The House of Dreams.

I heard the cicada’s sing in the tall cottonwood trees, midday today. For them the conditions were delightful. It was a sign. There are cucumbers in the garden, as well as scallion and dill, perfect for a cool summer evening soup. It would be refreshing and fit the sunset hour. I thought, if it’s hot enough for them to sing, it’s hot enough for us to eat cool cucumber soup.

Recipe: Pesce Mediterraneo

Recipe: Pesce Mediterraneo

1 lb of fresh white fish
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup black olives
2 cloves of garlic, smashed, sliced
1 bunch of fresh basil leaves
extra virgin olive oil
a splash of white wine
salt and pepper
to taste (remember the olives)
or: use a bit of crushed red pepperoncino for pizzazz!

Recipe: Ajo Blanco

  1 slice of stale bread, crust removed 1/2 cup water 1 garlic clove salt 1/4 cup blanched almonds 1 Tblsp sherry vinegar 1/2 cup olive oil 2 cups ice water 24 grapes, green and seedless Soak bread in water for 1 minute. Squeeze dry. Pound garlic with salt into …

Recipe: Tuscan Winter Salad with Egg

Writing about Capri today, I savor the thought of fresh cherry tomatoes with wild arugula, a signature summer dish with fruity extra-virgin olive oil. But in February, I am in Colorado, and this winter salad strikes a cord. It has a European sensibility and taste for a winter’s want for …

Antoniazzi Tuscan Family Recipe: Turkey Stuffed with Sausage, Prunes and Chestnuts

 I just received a beautiful letter from my friend Raffaella Antoniazzi in Florence. It was written in Italian and I have translated it. Oh how I wish I could send it in Italian, as it is written so sweetly.’La tacchina, deve essere una femmina perche la carne e piu morbida…..’”il …

Bahija’s Pineapple Upside-Down and Turned Around Cake

Bahija Lafredi’s sensibility for the extraordinary in food, never ceases to amaze me. It comes easy to her.  Unpretentious in her kitchen whites or traditional tunics, she is like a neutral book cover to a colorful, classic novel. Full of surprises, her imagination takes something as simple as a sponge …