Hurricane Sandy and Family Dinners

Inspirational response from a customer, after Martina’s last newsletter:  “your words rang true at our family dinner table this evening, we made the recipe for the funghi porcini that Beatrice had in the NY Times. 3 generations of us were at the table from Hurricane Sandy. The storm has been a blessing for us allowing us to spend more…

Acquerello – Not Just Rice – Wine Spectator

In the April issue of Wine Spectator, Owen Dugan writes about Acquerello Rice and starts his article with: REPEAT AFTER ME: RISOTTO IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK. REALLY. Really!!!  I am the proof of it. Last night, I didn’t know what to cook and had very little in the house. There were some chopped onions…

Porcini Mushrooms – The real ones, certified Italian!!!

I always loved Porcini mushrooms, but I stopped cooking with them when I learned that most Porcini mushrooms sold in food stores and supermarkets come from (mainly) China or other countries like Romania, Turkey or Poland. Of all the porcini sold, I’m told, optimistically, only 2% are Italian. Not any more! Our Porcini Mushrooms just…