Biroldo! Tuscan Black Sausage.

Maybe because my first trip to Tuscany was in the fall,

but fall weather always inspires me to make tuscan dishes. like this..

Mezze Maniche, with house made Biroldo (tuscan black sausage), stewed with kale and chard.

Biroldo pasta

And!… a little Handmade Farfalle….Farfalle 10-17Getting tossed in a Celeriac-leek cream sauce,

and of course:

Pappardelle, alla bolognese

Some Days You Just Want To Put Your Head Back Down On The Pillow…..

-well, maybe you can settle for putting face into a bowl of Pillowy potato Gnocchi con Pomodoro?

Close enough, right?


Also today:

Pappardelle, Alla Bolognese

Fusilli, in Basil, mint and parsley Pesto

The sunchokes are upon us!

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(Photo by H2ase, on loan from the interweb)

Nope, Sunchokes.

These tasty little tuber is one of my fall favorites.  With an earthy artichoke-like flavor, they make fantastic soups,

are delicious roasted in butter, and they love the richness of heavy cream!

Lumache, with roasted sunchoke-cream sauce. 


Also today:

Pappardelle, Alla Bolognese

Gigli, with melted leeks and shishito peppers

The Last Columbus Day……

I typically stay way from politics, but as I remember there wasn’t even a vote on Seattle getting rid of Columbus Day?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for celebrating an Indigenous Peoples’ day,

but should we take away a holiday that is celebrated by many Italian/Americans, to add another?

Why not give them their own holiday exclusively? – there’s a whole lot of empty days on the calendar?

Sure, maybe all the “facts” about Christopher Columbus are not correct, and maybe the history books  have excluded some of the more gruesome and unacceptable practices of that time period,

but if we go around abolishing every holiday that has a questionable origin, or includes a person with a checkered past,

we might not have any left?

(Ahem…….Thanksgiving, any Catholic holidays , Presidents’ day?…ect )

So lets celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day! -and all the rest, can we really have too much celebration?


Cresti Di Gallo Tricolore 

with heirloom pumpkin sauce

Tricolore cresti

Also Today:

Pappardelle, Alla Bolognese

Gigli, with puntarelle, anchovy, tomato and chili.

Gigli, with Puntarelle, Anchovies and Chili!

So much flavor packed into one bowl-


And in case you were wondering, we ARE open for that holiday on Monday, formerly known as “Columbus Day“!

Also today:

Baked Mafalda, with ricotta, béchamel, tuscan kale, Mama Lil’s Peppers and tomato

Pappardelle, Alla Bolognese

Lambacon! -it’s a thing.

Housemade, applewood smoked, Lambacon! -Yes, that’s Lamb-Bacon!

sweet savory and lamb-tastic!

lambaconIt’s getting cooked down with some peppery Broccoli Rapini, and tomato,  – tossed with Mezze Maniche pasta!


 We’ve got Pasta Fagioli, with Cavatelli swimming in a brothy Heirloom Alubia Bianco bean and Shishito pepper sauce.

Alubia bianco

Also today:

Pappardelle, alla Bolognese

Red Beet Fusilli, in Smoked Gorgonzola Sauce

Autumn is a time to appreciate color,

Phat beets

Like this Bee-utiful Beet-Juice fusilli.

Beets, being one of the healthiest foods, also means it’s probably even good for you or something?

And Smokey Gorgonzola, being one of the most delicious foods,

-means it will also make you happy,

Beet Fusilli………well, until the bowl is empty.

Also today:

Ziti, with Mushroom and Taragon sauce

Pappardelle alla Bolognese


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