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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

Spring Greens and Rice Soup

In the Piemonte region of northern Italy where Margherita Aloi grew up, this potful of spring greens in broth, thickened by fat rice kernels and potatoes, is known as a “cleansing soup”…especially for women. I’ve never been altogether sure what “cleansing” means, but it likely has something to do with the greens, rich in digestion-enhancing [...]

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Mon, April 8 2013 » Italian food, Italian ingredients, Italian lifestyle, Soups and Stews, Uncategorized » No Comments

Season’s-End Yellow Vegetables, in a Soup

A few years back, in a face-off with a sackful of yellow summer squash and fresh corn from a relative’s garden, I won by tossing them into the soup pot. Summer was officially over (as it is now) but there were still yellow bell peppers and yellow tomatoes in the market, so they went in [...]

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Fri, September 30 2011 » Fruits and Vegetables, Soups and Stews » 1 Comment