The Secret is Salt, says Marcella Hazan

The esteemed Signora Hazan continues to feed us by guiding our cooking. She is our spirit guide mentor. We talk and think about her every day. Literally. Today we are talking about salt, the most basic ingredient in la cucina Italiana. Marcella Hazan had a BIG opinion about salt. In Marcella Says Marcella, well, says,…

Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil Gelato

Pastry Chef Eileen Guastella blew us away with her EVOO gelato. If anyone knows how to work olive oil into a sweet dish, it is Eileen; she apprenticed at Caffe’ Sicilia under the tutelage of legendary Corrado Assenza. We are so lucky that she is so willing to share her recipe with all of us. …

Never Use This!

Marcella says: Never use industrial salt, it comes from a chemistry laboratory! Use a natural salt. For example, use sea salt from the salt pans in Trapani. I just read this post: Kate McDonough, The City Cook, describes the wonderful experience she had when she attended a cooking lesson with Marcella Hazan: “We were making…

Just Back in the Warehouse! Fiore di Sale – Flower of Salt

As Vincenzo Gucciardo collects sea salt in his salt pans in the province of Trapani, the water evaporates and the salt starts to crystallize. The young salt crystals that form at the top are the fiore di sale or flower of salt. Flower of salt is unique because it has a high concentration of minerals…

Artisanal Sea Salt from a WWF Reserve in Sicilia

Try our artisanal unrefined sea salt! It contains less sodium and it “salts” more. Therefore, it is good for you! Harvested by hand since the 15 hundreds in the salt pans near Trapani, a WWF reserve. It is an unrefined product extracted from the sea. Since it is not subject to any chemical treatment to…

Sea Salt of the Slow Food Presidium “Sale Marino Artigianale di Trapani”

  Enzo Gucciardo, Gustiamo’s salinaro (salt maker), could not attend the Salone del Gusto, but the Slow Food Presidium “artisanal sea salt from Trapani” was well represented by his collegues: Rosario Genovese, Vito Genovese and Anna Culcasi. Look at their wonderful faces which tell all their life of passionate but hard work. What a hard…