Farinata di cavolo nero (Tuscan Kale and Polenta Soup)

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Farinata di cavolo nero

When I think of Tuscan cuisine, first and foremost, even before the classic bistecca alla fiorentina as wonderful as that is, I think of its hearty vegetable soups. The best known of these soups is probably  the ribollita, of course. But the most memorable Tuscan soup I’ve ever had was in a small … Read More

Polenta con salsicce e spuntature (Polenta with Sausage and Spareribs)

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Polenta with Sausage and Spareribs

Rome is not especially known for its love of polenta, perhaps because its winters are relatively mild compared with those up in true polenta country skirting the southern rim of the Alps, but there is one polenta dish you are bound to find if you visit Rome in the cold … Read More

Baccalà mantecato (Baccalà Purée)

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Baccalà mantecato

A not-so-distant cousin of Provençale brandade de morue, baccalà mantecato is one of the signature dishes of Venetian cuisine and a staple of those wonderful hidden-away Venetian bacari, or wine bars. The name of the dish comes from the verb mantecare, which is a culinary term meaning to ‘beat’ or ‘whip’ … Read More

Slow Cooker Polenta with Sausage Ragù

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Slow Cooker Polenta with Sausage Ragu

Some of you will have read in a recent post that I finally broke down and bought a slow cooker, a kitchen device also known in the States—to those of you who are old enough—as a ‘Crock Pot’. The thought of owning one had never really occurred to me before. … Read More

Polenta pasticciata con fagioli e verza (Baked Polenta with Beans and Cabbage)

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Polenta pasticciata (Baked Polenta)

It’s a shame to throw away leftover polenta. There are so many delicious ways to use it. As mentioned in an earlier post on how to make polenta, it hardens as it cools and can be sliced into squares or other shapes, then grilled or fried. But my favorite way … Read More

How to Make Homemade Polenta

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How to Make Homemade Polenta

Homemade polenta is one of the most emblematic dishes of the northern Italian cuisines from the Veneto to Lombardia to Piemonte. It is also one of the oldest foods eaten in Italy, dating back at least to 990 BCE. In its original form, polenta—known to the ancient Romans as pulmentum—was … Read More

Pan Roasted Quail with Chanterelles

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Pan Roasted Quail with Chanterelles

Pan Roasted Quail with Chanterelles is deceptively easy dish makes for an elegant yet rustic presentation, perfect for a winter evening, preferably beside a nice roaring fire… Ingredients Serves 4-6 6-10 quails 100g (3-1/z oz) pancetta, cubed A few sprigs of fresh sage Salt and pepper For the braise: 1-2 cloves … Read More