Monthly Archives: December 2010

Making Cappelletti—Part I

Making Cappelletti is a blast. It is typically made by Italian families for Christmas or New Year’s Day. During our stay in Italy, we spend a weekend making Cappelletti with the Rampons. By this point we have fallen in love...
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Rampon Family Cappelletti Filling

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Christmas Cappelletti

Christmas, what a wonderful time of the year. There is a special tradition taking place in homes across Northern Italy this holiday season—making Cappelletti in Brodo. This tiny pasta is shaped like belly buttons, filled with meat and served in...
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Guido Gualandi’s Crostoni alla Salsiccia Mozzarella

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Bottling Olive Oil By Hand

Troy and I have harvested olives and we have been to the press. Now, it’s time to bottle. Guido bottles all of his wine and olive oil by hand. As an artist, his labels are renditions of his paintings. This...
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At The Press—Turning Olives into Olive Oil

The greener the better. This is what Guido tells us as we empty crates of olives into his truck. Now that we have picked and picked olives, it’s time to go to the press. Just as I struggle to lift...
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How to Harvest Olives

If you would have told me three years ago that we would be harvesting olives in Tuscany for several weeks, I’m not sure I would have believed you. Yet, here we are. It’s early, it’s cold and we are buzzing...
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