Extra Virgin Olive Oils from Argentina – Olio Casiraghi

Gustiamo (all of us) went to the Consulate of Argentina, the other evening, to taste some of that country’s best extra virgin olive oils. God forbid you should think we are only  partial to Italian olive oils! This young man is Victorio Piuzzi and he makes Olio Casiraghi in Mendoza. Casiraghi is the name of…

Did You Say Nothing Ever Changes in Roma? Wrong!

Writing from Roma, where I’ve been spending a few glorious days. I’m glad to report these 2 new entries, at least new to me: Pizzarium in via della Meloria, which is near Via Candia, across the street from the Cipro subway station. The entrance of the place, which is miniscule, is even hidden by scaffolding,…

I Made It! Edible Bread, Finally. Thank You Mark Bittman.

In 2006, Mark Bittman of the New York Times wrote the ground breaking article “No-Knead Bread” in collaboration with Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery. Since then, I and a few thousand other people became obsessed. While all the other thousand people were very happy as they expressed their ecstasy in the blogoshere, I was miserable. Over the last three…

Julie and Julia! Marcella and Beatrice?

At the end of the movie, the audience claps as a sign of appreciation. The woman next to me turns to me and exclaims, like we are best friends: What a Delight! Indeed, I replied with a big smile! Merryl Streep’s performance is outstanding and makes you forgive her for having done Mamma Mia. During my first forty years, when I…

Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Croatia

Steffi is a very good friend of mine and, like most of my friends in America, she does not cook. But she loves what I do. I still remember when, a few years ago, The NY Times wrote an article on Gustiamo (West Farms; Under a Tuscan Sun (Near the Sherdian Expressway)) she was the first to…

Consider Bardwell Farm

I fell in love with Chris of Consider Bardwell Farm. Not with him exactly but with his cheese. I buy it every Friday at my local farmers’ market on 97th near Columbus Ave, in New York. I am addicted to the Manchester, an aged goat milk little tome and the Dorset, a raw Jersey cow’s milk cheese. Just…

Capt Rick and Baccala’ Recipe from Norway

This is Capt. Rick, the fishmonger at my local greenmarket [97th and Columbus], where I go most Friday mornings. He sells great fish and shelfish, all caught in Long Island the day before. Last Friday, he told me that I should try the cat fish because it is in season. Cat fish? Only when he said, you know, bacalao, which…

Place of Origin for Produce

I didn't know that produce, now, has to labeled with its place of origin. I always wanted to know and I'll look for it, in the future. I read it on this very interesting article by Slow Foods' Sandra Mclean, here. Sandra gives tips on how to shop for produce, during the winter months when the green markets are not…