Rustic stone fruit tart with peaches, blueberries and almonds

rustic stone fruit tart

I hope you had a lovely Easter break. Giulio and I went on adventure to see my father’s birthplace in the mountains of Northern Italy. It was so amazing to find myself in the town he left as a baby more than 60 years ago. To my surprise, it wasn’t even a town! It was a handful of houses and tiny little cemetery, where I managed find my great grandmother, who passed away only a few years after my grandparents immigrated. 

It was a sad, but ultimately satisfying journey to discover another piece of my roots and I can’t wait to share more of it with you, but today, we’re all about spring and this rustic stone fruit tart with peaches, blueberries and almonds!

One pot Italian roast chicken with creamy semolina

italian roast chicken

A last minute Easter lunch recipe that is quick, easy and super seasonal.

Italian roast chicken with artichokes is a little vague for this recipe. It’s actually a really rich one-pot braised dish that you start on the stove and finish in the oven while you’re taking care of all the endless little jobs that seem to pop up whenever you have the family over for lunch. 

Giulio and I won’t actually be home for Easter lunch this year. We have been putting off a holiday for the better part of 3 months. Every week since February, we’ve turned to each other and said, this weekend we should go somewhere and then the weekend rolls around and we can’t be stuffed leaving our living room.

licorice italian easter bread (Schiaccia di Pasqua)

Another Easter recipe! This time, one from my very own tiny town in Southern Tuscany, Manciano. We’re not famous for much, but we do make one hell of an licorice Italian Easter bread or schiaccia di Pasqua. 

Italy as a whole has changed so much, even in the 10 years I’ve been here. I think a lot of tourists really want a snow globe experience where all the locals are just simple country folk who walk home in the morning with fresh bread under one arm and the day’s paper under the other. In the evenings, nonnas sit outside and gossip while tomato sauce cooks in the saucepan and their tubby little grandchildren ride their bikes. 

Italian Easter Pie

Easter is around the corner, so it’s seems like an Italian Easter pie should really be on the menu.

It was a really sad weekend in our tiny Tuscan town. One of its residents passed away suddenly on Friday night from a cancer and it shook the town a little. Deaths in small towns are a community affair, especially if the person isn’t old. That sounds heartless, but we have a lot of senior citizens. They live on average well into their 80s. It’s incredible. Someone should write a book about it! French women mightn’t get fat, but Italians live forever!

Cornetto biscuits with from-scratch grapefruit jam

There are some recipes that I love unconditionally. These cornetto biscuits with grapefruit jam is one of them. As far as Italian breakfast pastries go, you don’t really have a lot of options. Unlike the French, Italians keep things really traditional – they’ll either have a custard filled cornetto, which is how to say croissant in Italian, or they’ll stick to dry biscuits dipped in their morning cappuccino.