michele becci

A taste of summer: pomodori arrostiti

Finally the summer heat has yielded a delicious crop of tomatoes – plump heirloom, sweet cherry, meaty San Marzano. I wait patiently all season for...

To Your Health: Salute Rucola!

I stopped by the local farmer’s market this weekend and found myself in front of a beautiful basket of freshly picked arugula. Memories of a...

Kick your canned tuna up a notch: pasta with roasted cauliflower and tuna

Italians are one of the largest consumers of canned tuna in the world and for good reason. Italian oil-packed tuna (tonno) is a flavor packed treat...

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...