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Since I started to travel to Italy regularly, about 10 years ago, Italian cooking has influenced my kitchen. Olive oil, pasta, garlic, arugula, balsamico, a million different types of spaghetti, half a million different types of beans........
The most important things I have learned are:
- make it simple
- use fresh ingredients......always
- paint with a bright palette
Many of the best cooking tips have been learned by following Italian chefs in their home kitchen. (Italian chefs read ordinary Italians.)
I could go on, and on, and on........
Another way of learning is cookbook. Like the one I got in the mail a couple of weeks ago - The Tuscan Sun Cookbook by Frances Mayes.
I have loved Frances Mayes´books ever since Under The Tuscan Sun came, many, many years ago. Then Bella Tuscany, A Year in the Worldand the Every Day in Tuscany. I have one set at the cabin, one set at home.......and often eat a few pages while cooking.....woops, read, not eat of course. Though I read them like other people eat chocolate, craving, licking up every bit, can´t stop and so on.......
Yesterday, the day I opened The Greenhouse, and planted the first flowers out in the garden (too early for planting, I know, but I couldn´t wait any more) it was time for some Italian Sun in The house in the Woods. Flipping though The Tuscan Sun Cookbook my mouth started to water when I came to Ann Cornelisen´s PASTA with ARUGULA and PANCETTA. No pancetta, so bacon had to do.
And it did! The bacon I mean.
Ingrid and Marius could smell my cooking from where they live, and came, so we were five around the table......licking up some Tuscan Sun
The recipe? Easy! Simple!Perfect!