michele becci

Eat your piselli (and other Spring veggies too)!

There is finally a hint of spring in the air on the East Coast after a very chilly, snowy March. The air is still unseasonably cool but you can feel...

Cooking with vino rosso

Red wine has always been a staple in our house. Growing up, there was the omnipresent Chianti bottle which held wine that was less than stellar but...

Montalcino: the land of honey

Montalcino may be best known for its splendid Brunello but buzzing across its rolling hills are amazing honeybees silently working their magic...

Brighten your Winter day: roasted cauliflower and kale soup

Cauliflower is having a moment, a big moment. Soon after the low-carb diet lovers discovered you could use spiralized zucchini as a stand-in for...

Homemade gifts from an Italian kitchen

The holidays are here! If the thought of going to a crowded mall or buying yet another gift card leaves you stressed or depressed, consider making a...

Fall in love with farro

When I first started making farro, I would have to make a special trip to our not-so-local Italian market to purchase it. It was a labor of love...

Chestnut flour: Tuscany simple treasure 

I am just back from a trip to my little home in Montalcino, in Tuscany where the long, hot summer has come to a close. There was finally a chill in...

Playing with grapes: do try this at home

With the season drawing to a close, the bounty of summer is starting to taper off. I still love the juicy goodness of my fresh tomatoes and the...

Refreshing Lemony Pasta to Beat the Summer Heat

The heat of high summer calls for lots of time poolside and as little time as possible in the kitchen. We want meals that are simple, require little...

High Summer Zucchini Recipes - Italian Style

By this point in summer, most of us are starting to tire of the armloads of zucchini being hauled in from the garden. This abundant summer veggie has...

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