michele becci

Brighten your Winter day: roasted cauliflower and kale soup

Cauliflower is having a moment, a big moment. Soon after the low-carb diet lovers discovered you could use spiralized zucchini as a stand-in for...

Homemade gifts from an Italian kitchen

The holidays are here! If the thought of going to a crowded mall or buying yet another gift card leaves you stressed or depressed, consider making a...

Fall in love with farro

When I first started making farro, I would have to make a special trip to our not-so-local Italian market to purchase it. It was a labor of love...

Chestnut flour: Tuscany simple treasure 

I am just back from a trip to my little home in Montalcino, in Tuscany where the long, hot summer has come to a close. There was finally a chill in...

Playing with grapes: do try this at home

With the season drawing to a close, the bounty of summer is starting to taper off. I still love the juicy goodness of my fresh tomatoes and the...

Refreshing Lemony Pasta to Beat the Summer Heat

The heat of high summer calls for lots of time poolside and as little time as possible in the kitchen. We want meals that are simple, require little...

High Summer Zucchini Recipes - Italian Style

By this point in summer, most of us are starting to tire of the armloads of zucchini being hauled in from the garden. This abundant summer veggie has...

Grilling Italian Style: Spiedini alla Siciliana

As spring turns to summer and the days grow longer, life starts to move outdoors to take advantage of the glorious summer season. We here in America...

Spring Vegetable Risotto

I tend to get emotional in spring, especially at the farmer’s market. The colors at the market turn from the winter beiges to the vibrant glorious...

Childhood Memories: Sauces of Sicily

My maternal grandparents were born on the shores of Sicily in the little village of Santo Stefano di Camastra, a sleepy place with stunning views...