Taas-Kabab, the Persian Casserole for Fall

This ultimate comfort food—traditionally lamb-based, but veal works too—is the perfect fall dish to warm you up on chilly nights. It’s also nearly effortless to make, with surprisingly gratifying results. All you need is to layer slices of onion, meat, potatoes and one or more sweet elements; I prefer the classic version with dry plums.... Read More

Pumpkin and Bacon Galette

This is a simple yet satisfying recipe to celebrate the season. You can use a store-bought dough (use an all-butter one), but this crust is really easy to put together, plus you can double or triple the recipe and freeze the dough to use later. I have used fresh currants on top. The acidity cuts... Read More

Spaghetti with Clams

This classic Italian recipe is the essential dish based on few – yet excellent – ingredients. It’s very easy to make, and all it takes is some patience with the clams. Spaghetti with clams makes a perfect weeknight dinner, paired with a simple salad and a glass of Enotria Novantuno Bianco from Calabria.  Serves: 4 ... Read More

Crostini with Anchovies and Butter

The combination of butter and salted anchovies atop crusty bread is an Italian classic, enjoyed as both an aperitivo or an antipasti. It’s often accompanied by a bubbly wine, as the freshness matches well with the saltiness of the anchovies – we love Michel Gonet Blanc des Noirs. This version has lemon zest on top... Read More

Grilled Zucchini Salad

This salad is super easy and is a perfect side, or the main star if served with some fresh goat or feta cheese. The key is to use quality extra virgin olive oil, and use a lot of it. The fresher the zucchini, the better. This salad will taste even better after a rest –... Read More

Gelato with Olive Oil and Himalayan Pink Salt

This is not an actual recipe, but rather a fun way to serve simple vanilla ice cream. This method works well with the simplest of ice cream flavors such as cream or vanilla, since the flavor of olive oil and salt will be predominant. The trick is to use the best quality extra virgin olive... Read More