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October 21st, 2011

Greetings from Italy, Part III

This isn’t just a garden tour of Tuscany, it’s an eating tour as well! Join us as we learn to cook, Tuscan style.
Jenny discovers a new vocation at Zia Emilia’s Trattoria. Note the way Emilia uses a sieve in the stock pot to strain each ladle of broth. Tuscan efficiency!

Secret Ingredient
Preparing the safrito for the porcini: olive oil, garlic and “nipitella”‘ a wild herb similar to catmint used by Tuscan cooks to flavor mushroom, zucchini and eggplant. The other pan has the safrito for risotto: parsley, carrot, a little onion, and chopped mushroom stalks melted in olive oil.

October 17th, 2011

Greetings from Italy, Part II

Some more videos from the Organic Gardening Tour of Tuscany

Sunday afternoon in Florence
Discovering one of Tuscany’s traditions in the square outside out hotel, Loggiato dei Serviti.

Sunday lunch in Piazza S Spiritu
The most important meal of the day! Along with breakfast and dinner.

Organic Gardening Getawayers visit Palazzo Stozzi
Next stop the organic farmers market across the river Arno.

Regional herb blends from Chianti at the Ferucolina
This is saffron harvest time, and if we help him gather crocus for two hours, he’ll give us a jar of Saffron. DEAL!

The Ferucolina at S. Spiritu,
A small organic produce fair where artisanal producers sell their goods, from cheese, to salami, fresh veg and fruit to handmade felt slippers. And all sorts of honey!

Ciao for now!

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October 12th, 2011

Greetings from Italy

I’m filming my wonderful trip to Italy for all of you readers who couldn’t join me. In my first dispatch, an interview with Tudy Sammartini, the author of Verdant Venice.

And my first ride on a gondola in Venice. Magical.






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