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Pasta, Recipes

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 […]

Recipes, Vegetables

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 […]

Recipes, Rice

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 […]

Fish, Recipes

Roasted Fish from Vis

 

 This simple recipe comes from the practice of philosophy: “to do with what you have.” In this case it is the opportunity of a freshly caught fish, wild rosemary island of VIS (Dalmatia) and a poorly equipped kitchen.

Fish, Recipes

Stewed Conger Eel from the Island of Vis

 

 I had never seen a “conger eel” live, I had only seen pictures in fish books so I decided to buy some steaks to taste. The fisherman I was serving good round steaks but I saw some fillets and I also wanted two of those. He sat in awe, and […]

Dessert, Recipes

Saturnia Cup

 

 This cup comes as a reminder of the many moments I spent with my friend Marzia and our families at the thermal baths of Saturnia. The Maremma region in Tuscany provides the perfect setting for this place. A location where the man was able to keep up to date with […]