Toni Lydecker's Tavola Talk Blog

Ribollita, Tuscany’s Divine Bread Soup

I learned to make ribollita many years ago from Livio, the gardener of an elegant villa in Florence. At the time it housed a center for advanced Renaissance studies and while my husband attended seminars, I was likely to be in the garden, talking to Livio. The recipe was actually his sister’s and probably his mother’s before [...]

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Tue, January 24 2017 » Soups and Stews, Tuscany, Uncategorized » No Comments

Chilled Tomato Soup with a Smoky Undertone

I adore chilled soup when the weather is warm (as it is more often than not in Florida).  But the variations on gazpacho and vichyssoise that abound in restaurants, as well as my own kitchen, can get boring. So I got excited about a creative soup special at Brick & Mortar Kitchen & Wine Bar–cold [...]

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Wed, June 8 2016 » Fruits and Vegetables, Soups and Stews, Uncategorized » No Comments

Mexican Squash Blossom Soup

Recently I sampled artisanal mescal, cicciarones-filled gorditas and flautas with hibiscus flowers in Mexico City. All memorable. But back home what I couldn’t wait to make was squash blossom soup. Actually that was just one of several superb soups I tasted in this great city. At the Hilton Mexico City Reforma‘s terrace restaurant, our waiter [...]

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Fri, February 6 2015 » Fruits and Vegetables, Italian ingredients, Soups and Stews, Tampa Bay, Uncategorized » No Comments

Veal Stew with Mushrooms and Peas, on Toast

Veal and mushroom stew, with just a touch of cream, is my idea of the perfect one-dish Sunday supper. Ladled over toasted country-style bread, this piatto unico is Italian comfort food at its best. Share at the table with people you love–or follow my Sunday routine and take a tray to the sofa for an [...]

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Tue, January 28 2014 » Italian food, Italian ingredients, Meat, Soups and Stews, Uncategorized » No Comments

Clam Chowder with Italian Touches

Cedar Key, a charming town three hours north of Tampa Bay that once dubbed itself “the Venice of America,” ships farm-raised clams all over the country. So it’s a  great place to indulge in steamed clams, fried clams and, of course, clam chowder. My husband and I hadn’t come here just for clams. After spending [...]

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Wed, January 8 2014 » Italian ingredients, Seafood, Soups and Stews, travel, Uncategorized » 1 Comment