Chickpea and Barley Stuffed Onions for Hortus Vegan Month!

Today’s harvest: white onion, yellow onion, red onion, garlic, green beans, eggplants, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes, basil, parsley, sage. It’s official. Inspired by the amazing Josh from Culinary Bro-down (who is a knowledge-dropping genius), I decided to emulate his feat and have my blog go vegan for the whole month of July! While […]
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A Sicilian Inspired Salad

Today’s harvest: Zucchini, lettuce, basil, parsley, tomatoes, fresh herbs. “There was this stupid game everybody had to play as soon as they entered the military,” said my dad with a smirk on his face. “It was called the juke-box.” “The juke box?” “Yes, the juke-box. The seniors would lock newcomers into a locker, and then […]
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Introducing the new Italian Food Guides: Recognizing real Ingredients for a Sustainable Market

Because of my belief that a natural, sustainable way of eating derives from our ability to choose natural, sustainable ingredients, I decided to start a series of guides on how to recognize authentic Italian products, and, in the lack of those, how to consciously shop for quality ingredients independently of where you are located. Foods like olive […]
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How to Make Artichoke Hearts Preserved in Olive Oil (Carciofini sott’Olio)

Back when the luxury to keep things you don’t need did not exist (as useless things themselves did not exist at all), the idea of storing something plentiful in preparation for times of scarcity seemed almost a war strategy. In spring and summer, when products of the earth abounded to the point of threatening to […]
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Vegetarian Pasta Filling – entering Lent

It’s Ash Wednesday today. As you might have noticed, I completely skipped posting anything about Carnival and Mardi Gras. The reason is simple: Italian ‘Carnevale’ is all about sugary, fatty, deep-fried foods. And, since I hate anything sugary and deep-fried, I felt like I needed to stay true to myself. On the other hand, coming […]
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Gatherings: A Bruschetta Feast

Bruschetta has a heartwarming meaning for every Italian: It means gatherings. What is simpler, tastier and more versatile than bruschetta, to open the way to a party between friends or relatives, and to a wonderful time together? Whenever we’d host dinners at our place, everybody was involved in the preparation, and everyone was more than […]
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