Tuscan White Bean Stew from Tasting Italy

Tuscan White Bean Stew from Tasting Italy

I just posted a review of Tasting Italy yesterday, a new book that is both cookbook and tour guide to Italy. It is a brilliant book filled with 100 recipes from every region of Italy. Beans. Let’s be clear. American’s don’t automatically jump to eat beans. Except for...
Venison, Red Wine and Lentil Soup

Venison, Red Wine and Lentil Soup

      Yesterday I reviewed A Soup a Day and included a picture of this soup. Here’s the actual recipe for your enjoyment. The venison here comes from venison sausage. You may be able to secure that easily or you can improvise and incorporate any interesting sausage...
Roasted Red Pepper Soup from Leon Happy Soup

Roasted Red Pepper Soup from Leon Happy Soup

I don’t remember when I first ate a red pepper. Sometime in my thirties I expect. My mother believed in canned vegetables. The only Italian food we enjoyed came in cardboard boxes made by Kraft. It was a different world. My first pepper experience was intense. One...
Ajo Blanco Soup from Leon Happy Soup

Ajo Blanco Soup from Leon Happy Soup

Sometimes this recipe is confusingly called “White Gazpacho.” It’s actually tomato‑free, but does incorporate the stale bread of “authentic” gazpacho, a peasant dish that was decidedly not “upscale” when first created. If you were living in Spain, you would blanch the...