Hortus Natural Cooking by Valentina Solfrini http://hortuscuisine.com Italian Food from the Countryside & the City Thu, 11 May 2017 14:29:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 58553074 Our ‘Chiaroscuro’ Australia Retreat with The Macadames http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/05/11/chiaroscuro-australia-retreat-macadames/ http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/05/11/chiaroscuro-australia-retreat-macadames/#comments Thu, 11 May 2017 13:05:44 +0000 http://hortuscuisine.com/?p=3264 Australia felt like a long, vivid, almost esoteric, lucid dream.  If not for the distance traveled, and the 5-cypher number indicating the amount of kilometers on the plane’s screen, it was so for the flora and fauna. Or for the smells, or the accents. But mostly for the sky. In the nights in that opposite […]

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Polenta with Seeds, Simple Spring Ragu & Pea Pod Pesto {vegan} http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/04/20/polenta-seeds-simple-spring-ragu-pea-pod-pesto/ http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/04/20/polenta-seeds-simple-spring-ragu-pea-pod-pesto/#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:56:47 +0000 http://hortuscuisine.com/?p=3228 Announcement:my countryside apartment is up on Airbnb! It is funny how sometimes, when you are absolutely firm on the decision that you do not like something or someone, life finds a way to make you change your mind. This is the story about how life decided that I had to like polenta, when in fact […]

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Ada Boni’s Lemon Ricotta Cake, and the Meaning Behind It http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/04/04/ada-bonis-lemon-ricotta-cake-meaning-behind/ http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/04/04/ada-bonis-lemon-ricotta-cake-meaning-behind/#comments Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:13:50 +0000 http://hortuscuisine.com/?p=3185 Listening to: Mon Coeur s’Ouvre a ta Voix (Samson et Dalila) ~ Camille Saint-Saens When I was in New York, there was a place I always went to for fresh ricotta about once a week.  I reached for that plastic tub, and I did for several reasons. Sure, I did because I knew that ricotta was locally made […]

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‘Tortelli d’Erbette’ (Ricotta & Chard Ravioli) from an Old Immigrant from Busseto, Parma http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/03/14/tortelli-derbette-ricotta-chard-ravioli-old-immigrant-busseto-parma/ http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/03/14/tortelli-derbette-ricotta-chard-ravioli-old-immigrant-busseto-parma/#comments Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:40:59 +0000 http://hortuscuisine.com/?p=3171 Listening to: Va Pensiero – ‘Nabucco’, Giuseppe Verdi E’ Strano…! Sempre Libera – ‘La Traviata’, Giuseppe Verdi This is the story of a young boy, and of a man who believed in him to no end. He was a son of farmers, just like me. And he was a kid with a talent for music. Still, […]

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The Art of Ravioli Making {How to make Ravioli 3 Ways} http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/03/06/art-ravioli-making-make-ravioli-3-ways/ http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/03/06/art-ravioli-making-make-ravioli-3-ways/#comments Mon, 06 Mar 2017 22:54:26 +0000 http://hortuscuisine.com/?p=3130 One Sunday, I can’t remember when, I was scouring through antiques and stalls full of old thingamabobs at our local antiques and brocante outdoor market, when an item in particular caught my eye. It was the prettiest brass ravioli wheel, stuck in a pale wood handle, and bent by time and usage. No sooner I […]

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Garden Diaries #1: Preamble + 2 Easy Radicchio Side Salads http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/02/20/garden-diaries-1-preamble-2-easy-radicchio-side-salads/ http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/02/20/garden-diaries-1-preamble-2-easy-radicchio-side-salads/#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:29:54 +0000 http://hortuscuisine.com/?p=3103 Listening to: I Vespri Siciliani, Giuseppe Verdi – Ballet of the Four Seasons: Spring When Ottavio, my grandfather, was a kid, he was put to work as soon as he was tall enough to hold a plow. Still today, while I have testimony of my grandma’s scribbled recipes laden with macroscopic grammar mistakes, I have never […]

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Winter Vegetables Smoky, Cheesy Breakfast Casserole, & a Walk in the Countryside http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/02/01/winter-vegetables-smoky-cheesy-breakfast-casserole-walk-countryside/ http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/02/01/winter-vegetables-smoky-cheesy-breakfast-casserole-walk-countryside/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2017 22:48:55 +0000 http://hortuscuisine.com/?p=3079 Listening: Antonin Dvorak, Romance for Piano and Violin Op. 11 After 26 winters, I am finally starting to see how charming the light is in January and February. Here in the countryside, sunny winters are blessed with a warm light that is pink and beautiful, and the ice glistening on the grass against that light gleams and glitters […]

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Story & Recipe of ‘Rosolio di Portogallo’, a Sweet Italian Orange & Saffron Liquor http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/01/25/story-recipe-rosolio-di-portogallo-sweet-italian-orange-saffron-liquor/ http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/01/25/story-recipe-rosolio-di-portogallo-sweet-italian-orange-saffron-liquor/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:55:28 +0000 http://hortuscuisine.com/?p=3053 “’tis the sun that gilds flowers, oranges, and our hearts with its mellow, golden coat of love; and its color, its smell, its purity… ” ~ Engelmajer I am 27 years old, a number that, at times, feels a thousand years heavier. My name is Fortunato [‘lucky’ in Italian]. There could be more apt names […]

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Creamy Taglierini Pasta with Saffron Sauce & Poppy Seeds http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/01/12/creamy-taglierini-pasta-saffron-sauce-poppy-seeds/ http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2017/01/12/creamy-taglierini-pasta-saffron-sauce-poppy-seeds/#comments Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:30:19 +0000 http://hortuscuisine.com/?p=3034 Follow my blog with Bloglovin As I listen to Die Moldau by Bedrich Smetana, I inevitably think about rivers. That is what this music is about: at first, the pizzicato of the violins and the flutes evoke the sparkling water, dripping down from its fresh spring. The spring turns into a stream, and the stream […]

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Hortus’ 2016 Gift Guide http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2016/12/16/hortus-2016-gift-guide/ http://hortuscuisine.com/blog/2016/12/16/hortus-2016-gift-guide/#comments Fri, 16 Dec 2016 22:49:11 +0000 http://hortuscuisine.com/?p=3007 This year, I decided to put together a little list of Italian-inspired gifts, paired with some of my American favorites. This idea was born from my days roaming the shelves of New York stores, full of excellent products that I wished like crazy someone could just drop before my door. There is a little known […]

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