Author: Daniela Francescutto

Tart Pear and Ricotta

Back from a trip in Salerno, my sister in law Michela praised the goodness of a tart with Ricotta and pears, tasted in a note pastry of the city, and I was so curios about that. In my garden I have several pear trees, and many of them, ripen in […]

 

Anchovy Balls

Sardines and anchovies were some of the classic favorites of my family when I was a little girl. At that time, the fish arrived to the countryside by means of street vendors who used bicycles as their mode of transportation. A certain lady who was nicknamed “Giovanna of the fish” […]

 

Fettuccine with Pear and Walnut Sauce

Some time ago, you could buy a small cookbook on pears along with the cookbook magazine. Knowing my passion for cooking, my husband, Lucio, bought one for me. I knew many of the recipes, but one of them struck me for its originality. It was spaghetti with pears and walnut […]

 

Gnocchi with Eggplant and Potatoes

During this strange summer my garden produced lots of eggplant so I decided to take an old recipe for “La Cucina Italiana” I had tried in the past from my Aunt Rita. The recipe is presented both in the classic version with a dressing made from fish and in a […]

 

Cherry Tomato Marinara Sauce

At Santa Caterina we have always prepared canned tomatoes for the winter, from peeled tomatoes to marinara sauce. Until a few years ago I was not doing these preparations, there was always someone else to do them, my mother or a neighbor. They spent time together, peeling tomatoes on sunny […]

 

Risotto with Red Wine from Vis

Our stay on the island of VIS (in Dalmatia, Croatia) started with a bottle of red wine from the Plavac grape variety, typical of this island, that the owner of the apartment brought as a welcome gift. A light in Lucio’s eyes twinkled, because we had agreed to abstain from […]