Panzanella (Tuscan Bread Salad)

Panzanella, literally PAN: Bread and ZANELLA: Soup Bowl, is the name of the traditional Tuscan bread salad. The main ingredients of panzanella are stale Tuscan bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, basil, salt, pepper, vinegar and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I had the pleasure to teach how to make this dish during Culinary Tour Of Italy, […]

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How To Store Fresh Italian Parsley

Treat the bunch of fresh Italian parsley like a bouquet of fresh flowers! Trim the stems ends and remove any wilted or discolored leaves. Fill a glass or a jar partially with fresh water and place the stems ends into the water. Place the glass or jar on the counter at room temperature. Change the water […]

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Quick Genovese Pesto Sauce

There are many types of PESTO, but without any doubt the Genovese Pesto , the one made with basil, is the most famous and known around the globe. The original Genovese Pesto sauce is made with only 7 ingredients and the recipe recalls for a marble mortar with a wooden olive tree pestle to work […]

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Basil, the King of Herbs

This is what I call summer.Whenever I smell it I think about the sun and the sea of a mediterranean island. The word basil comes from the Greek βασιλεύς (basileus), meaning “king”, as it has come to be associated with the Feast of the Cross commemorating the finding of the True Cross by St Helena […]

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