Tuscan

Tuscan-Style Fried Sage Leaves

Tuscan-Style Fried Sage Leaves

The light batter is reminiscent of tempura: another example of the similarities between Asian and Italian cuisine.

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers The Way My Mother Made Them

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers The Way My Mother Made Them

Light, crisp, delicate and delicious.

Mushrooms Stuffed With Nepitella Pesto

Mushrooms Stuffed With Nepitella Pesto

Nepitella is a cross between basil and mint and pairs perfectly with mushrooms.

Picture Perfect Bread

Picture Perfect Bread

(Above: Head baker and manager Ben Tock of Bricco Panetteria in Boston’s North End. ) I wrote a story for the Boston Globe about a North End bakery that specializes in old world Italian bread. I thought a Globe photographer was scheduled to take photos at […]

Patata Ball In Tomato Sauce

Patata Ball In Tomato Sauce

This makes a great first course or can be served as a side dish.

Gnocchi Di Pollo E Patata Soup

Gnocchi Di Pollo E Patata Soup

This is chicken and potato gnocchi soup from the classic nineteenth century Italian cookbook, The Art of Eating Well, by Pellegrino Artusi.

Lasagna, from The Figs Table

Chef Todd English makes a good lasagna. I still remember one I had at his Olive’s Restaurant in Boston that was made with veal. He has a knack for taking an old standard and then being innovative, without being preposterous, paying more attention to the […]

Vegetable Lasagna Masterpiece

This recipe creates a vegetable lasagna like no other: a rich spinach mixture, covered with velvety noodles, and topped with a light tomato sauce and cheese.

Soup and Sandwich Night With Style (Instead of Take-Out)

So maybe you forgot to go shopping or make a dinner plan. You’ve worked all day and now you have the dreaded task of figuring out what’s for dinner. You hate to spend money on take-out again: a pizza, subs, chinese food, etc. But you’re […]

Tomato Sauce (Basic Recipe)

Tomato Sauce (Basic Recipe)

This is based on my mother’s Italian tomato sauce recipe and can be used on most anything that calls for tomato sauce.

Meal Plan: Julia meets Bruna

Meal Plan: Julia meets Bruna

This makes a great hearty meal in the winter.

Christmas Befana Cookies

Christmas Befana Cookies

These sweet biscuit cookies are from the Garfagnana mountain region of Tuscany.

The Best Ribollita Soup Recipe

The Best Ribollita Soup Recipe

Also known as “Tuscan Bean Soup,” this is a real crowd pleaser and one of the most requested recipes.

RootsLiving Wins First Place, and Third Place in Wine Competitions

BREAKING NEWS OCT. 7, 2009: THIS JUST IN — Wine made last year in the RootsLiving wine cellar took first place in the Zinfandel category at this year’s Topsfield Fair. This was the first time the RootsLiving wine cellar entered one of its wines in […]

Pressing the Grapes

The wine stopped fermenting on Oct 7, exactly 10 days after it began. This seems to be the usual amount of time it takes in the RootsLiving Cellar. Once the wine stops fermenting (you can tell when it stops gurgling), the juice is taken out […]

Shhh! Don’t Disturb: Nature At Work

Come a little bit closer. Now be quiet. Hear that? No? Well click here or on the photo and put your ear up to your speakers. Here’s a video I made of 480 pounds of grapes fermenting in the RootsLiving wine cellar. This is the […]

Calling on Nature For A Good Batch of Wine

It’s September and once again I’m calling on nature because the wine grapes have been picked and shipped across country and are ready for me to start crushing them into a purple concoction of bliss. Making wine is spiritual. You have to believe in a […]

Take a Four Minute Trip to Italy (Audio Slideshow)

(Click here or the photo above to watch an audio slideshow on the doors and windows of Italy. To watch it full screen, click on the arrows in the lower right corner of the slideshow.) With the euro high and the economy weak I thought […]

Prized Recipe: Chicken with Polenta

Prized Recipe: Chicken with Polenta

When I was a boy, this was my favorite dish to eat at my grandmother’s house.

Best Coffee and Spice, and at a Reasonable Price

When you walk into Polcari’s Coffee store in Boston’s North End it’s like walking back in time: a very fragrant time. The scent of more than 40 different types of coffee beans mingles with the scent of a 100 different freshly ground spices to create […]

Grilled Pork Chops with Peppers and Capers

Grilled Pork Chops with Peppers and Capers

There’s a thousand flavors in this summertime dish.

The Real Rocky

My friend Joe Gemellaro is one of the most talented artists I know. He has a knack for recreating the human form, especially faces. It is a gift he was born with. Shown here is a study of a portrait Joe drew of Brockton native […]