Recipes from Tuscany, Part I

November 29, 2010 § 2 Comments

Hello!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I did Smile.

My parents recently returned from a trip to Italy where they spent almost two weeks touring around and spending time at various cooking schools!  I thought it would be fun to share some of the recipes they brought back with them.

Cacciucco dell ‘Orto or Vegetable, Bean, and Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

  • 5 leaves Swiss chard
  • 5 leaves kale
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 leek
  • 1/2 cup boiled cannellini beans (canned beans are fine too!)
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 celery stalk
  • Sage leaves
  • Hot pepper flakes

Slice all vegetables and saute in olive oil starting with the leek, kale, Swiss chard, celery, and zucchini.  In another pan, saute the sage, smashed garlic cloves, and hot pepper flakes.  Add cherry tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes.

Toast slices of day old Italian bread on a grill pan.

Arrange 2 slices of bread on serving plate and top with vegetable mixture, beans, and tomatoes.  Drizzle a small amount of extra virgin olive oil on top, black pepper, and serve immediately.

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My mom made this dish while I was home for break this past week and served it with a simple chicken soup.  This dish is very different from the traditional tomato basil bruschetta I’m used to.  It was delicious!

What’s your favorite bruschetta topping?


November 1st

November 1, 2010 § 6 Comments

Good morning everyone! Happy November 1st Smile.  As I type this, there are snowflakes in the air, which means the cold weather and holiday season is quickly approaching!  I have a lot of things to look forward to this month:

1.) I’m attending the American Dietetic Association, Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Boston.



A lot of faculty, grad students, and undergrads from the nutrition science department will all be going.  It will be nice to get away with the girls for the weekend and attend fun and interesting seminars!


2.) The Turkey Trot!

My mom, dad, and I are all registered for the Turkey Trot in Saratoga Springs on Thanksgiving Day.  I had plans to run it, but since my parents are going, we will probably do some powerwalking Smile.  Make sure you sign up now and join me!


Turkey Trot



3.) Thanksgiving

Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving?!



And last, but certainly not least…


4.) I get to see Troy!


I’m counting down the days until Thanksgiving break so I can see his handsome face again Open-mouthed smile.


Question:  What are you looking forward to this month?

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