Elba Island in May: Unplug and Recharge

Elba Island in May: Unplug and Recharge

This weekend Mr. Italicano and I finally gave ourselves 3 days of rest. We took advantage of visiting our client in Tuscany, then continued south towards the beautiful Island of Elba. On the way we stopped at the picturesque hillside town of San Gimignano--a truly...

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Beet Crepes with Ricotta, Blood Oranges and Pistachios

Beet Crepes with Ricotta, Blood Oranges and Pistachios

Farro beet crepes! As you can imagine, these beautiful crepes are naturally colored with beet puree. They are the perfect dish for Mother’s Day brunch. Ever since I learned how easy it is to naturally color my food, I have been experimenting more and more in my...

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April 28, 2017

Gluten-Free Mini Blueberry Muffins

Yes! Gluten-free mini blueberry muffins that actually taste amazing! Guys, you are going to love these. Whether or not you follow a gluten-free diet or you just want to mix up your diet with other healthy flour substitutes, these gluten-free mini blueberry muffins are so delicious that you will be too busy having a second […]

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April 18, 2017

Farro Beet Soup with Greek Yogurt, Pistachios & Orange Zest

I’m obsessed with this farro beet soup with Greek yogurt, pistachios and orange zest. Mr. Italicano is too. He even forgot that that he doesn’t like beets! This post is sponsored by Poggio del Farro. I created the recipe, photos and video—which you can also find on their website along with many other delicious farro […]

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April 10, 2017

Homemade Matcha Pasta with Spinach, Lemons and Zucchini

Easter is a week away! What better way to celebrate than to serve up a beautiful green pasta dish to your family and friends. This homemade matcha pasta with spinach, lemons and zucchini is a great vegetarian meal and, if you want to add some protein, you can top with grilled shrimp. Either way, it’s […]

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March 25, 2017

Spring Farro Salad

Spring is officially here! What better way to kick off this season than with a delicious spring farro salad that is easy to make and packed with flavor. Plump chewy and lovely nutty farro grains are the star of this recipe. Farro is an ancient grain high in protein that is grown in Emilia-Romana, Tuscany and […]

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March 12, 2017

Upcoming Cooking Shows: The Easy Way To Prepare Ancient Grains

Mr. Italicano and I have just arrived in the USA! Over the next two weeks we’ll be in Chicago and New York City, doing a variety of “Ancient Grain Farro Cooking Shows” with Smeg USA at Williams-Sonoma, Eataly, Bloomingdales and the IHA trade show. For complete details you can check out my event calendar. I […]

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March 8, 2017

Homemade Saffron Gnocchi

So what does International Women’s Day and homemade saffron gnocchi have in common? Well, if you have ever visited Italy on this day, this dish may remind you of the mimosa spring that is given to women to celebrate March 8th,, La Festa delle Donne. All throughout Italy, you’ll find this lovely yellow blossom handed to […]

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March 2, 2017

My Food Blogger Life on YouTube!

I started a Vlog! Whattttt the heck is that? Well, it’s like a blog, but with video. Get it? Vlog. Anyhow, I’m super excited. Mr. Italicano and I are filming almost DAILY VIDEOS. You get to see what the life of a food blogger is like behind scenes, the recipes that I prepare, travels in […]

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February 16, 2017


WHAT IS THE FANCY FOOD SHOW? Mr. Italicano and I visited the Winter Fancy Food Show (or FFS) in San Francisco in January. FFS is a trade show held twice a year in America: the winter edition is held in San Francisco and the summer edition is held in New York City. At the San […]

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February 4, 2017

Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower with Lemon & Ginger

V.E.G.E.T.A.B.L.E.S. Oh, how I’ve missed you! While Mr. Italicano and I were on our west coast food tour we spent most of a month eating out while we worked and traveled. On one hand I was excited and delighted to try new restaurants :: ristoranti in San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver; on the other […]

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January 26, 2017

Homemade Spinach Pasta with Kale Pesto, Leeks and Almonds

If you want a delicious and healthy recipe to start of this new year, then look no longer. This spinach pasta with kale pesto, shaved leeks and toasted almonds is packed with simple genuine goodness. If you like basil pesto, you are going to love this kale pesto. This creamy, green yumminess compliments this homemade […]

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December 31, 2016

5 Hard Truths I learned about Myself in 2016

2017 is only hours away; yet, I find it bittersweet. On one hand, I am totally ready to move into the new year. I’m ready to start planning out all of the things I want to improve upon and accomplish. I’m ready to move forward and forget the failures and challenges of 2016. The promise of […]

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December 16, 2016

Pistachio and Pomegranate Pavlova

When I was about eight, I begged my mom for a pottery wheel and clay. I suppose I saw some cartoon or maybe just loved the way clay felt as it squished out of my hands or stuck in between my toes when I walked along the nearby river bank on a hot summer day. […]

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December 5, 2016

Holiday Quinoa Salad

I’ve never found fresh cranberries in Italy, only dried. Normally it wouldn’t be a problem; after all, I only ever eat fresh cranberries at holiday meals like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yet, it’s now approaching 2 years since my last cranberry fix; two years since I’ve been home to the US during the holidays. What do […]

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November 23, 2016

Easy Baked Brie

How I Miss Thanksgiving! Living abroad in Italy is exciting and exhilarating. I met Mr. Italicano here. I have made extraordinary friends here. I started my business while living here. I love the challenges and adventure that each new day brings while living in il bel paese. I am grateful and I am thankful each […]

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