Month: December 2013

Waldorf Astoria Salad

This recipe is a piece of American history. It was created by Oskar Tschirty, a maitre d’ at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, in 1896. The salad was an immediate success. I tasted it for the first time when my cousin Ricky from Baltimore made it in […]


Christmas Menu

CHRISTMAS MENU 2013 The menu that I propose is very easy and economical and is suitable even for inexperienced people. Overall, apart from the dessert, the menu is light. If you replace the turkey cutlets with the pumpkin or spinach sformato recipes that are already on the blog, the menu […]


Pumpkin Passatelli with Horseradish

This recipe was created by my sister Flavia last Christmas and the whole family loved it. For the traditional components of passatelli, a classic regional cuisine of Emilia-Romagna, she added two typical ingredients of winter, pumpkin and horseradish. These ingredients lighten the dish. For optimum results you must use a […]


Chestnut Cream Millefoglie

This recipe is a variation of the one proposed by the magazine “La Cucina Italiana” many years ago. In an era in which is all about cake-design this type of dessert is very overlooked. In fact if you like puff pastry, this will give you great satisfaction with its soft […]


Turkey Scaloppine with Chestnuts

Two years ago I participated in a competition for the use of chestnut flour. After I made “Chestnut Gnocchi with Autumn Sauce” I had advanced the flour and thought I’d use it to create this dish. It is very fast and tasty. This dish is suitable for this season. It […]


Cantucci from Prato

I’ve always liked Cantucci from Prato. When I lived in Florence I remained spellbound in front of the windows of the ovens exposing mountains of freshly baked cantucci. They seemed like the symbol of the city’s wealth. Recently, in an old book of Paolo Petroni “Il tesoro della vera Cucina […]



The magic of Christmas is made ​​up of many little things. Three elements come together in a fundamental way to create this atmosphere. The first is internal, feeling good about ourselves prepares us to feel well with others and enjoy the moments when we are together. The second element is […]