Curious Appetite

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{Recipe} Cheesy, saucy smoked spaghetti inspired by Amatriciana

I have a love hate relationship with pasta. I love to eat pasta (more than pizza) and is my favorite food to cook albeit a total monster to my dress size. In addition to my superficial struggles in having a healthy relationship with my love to eat pasta any chance I could, I also struggled a lot with the title of this post. For reasons varying from respect for the original recipe to the fact I’m no expert on the food from Lazio.

I shouldn’t be too worried since I’m not a chef and not writing authoritative books on Italian cuisine. Nevertheless, I think it’s important to consider a recipe’s origins if you plan to blog about it or share it with others. This post is about how I imagined a tasty af amatriciana to be, and hope you enjoy reading (and eating). Continue Reading

Deviled eggs and crab caviar snacks for a Happy New Year (2022)

 

Not so shabby caviar deviled eggs devoured at New Year’s!

Ciao a tutti!

I haven’t written in a while (shocker!) as I’ve been focused heavily on my newsletter, Instagram and trying to figure out TikTok (someone save me) and wondering who is still left here reading.

I decided this time instead of writing a longer on IG, to instead put my creative calories here on the blog. Fair warning, this post has virtually nothing to do with Italy or Italian food, but is instead an update to what I’ve been making and devouring in America. I hope you enjoy the random read! Continue Reading

Zucchini Blossom Salad, Ricotta and Roman memories

Missing Leo’s stand in Sant’Ambrogio….

Since Florence (and much of the world in Summer season) is steaming hot, I thought to share a fresh salad recipe and some ideas for using squash blossoms (that aren’t only battering/frying). Not really a creative feat since so simple, but I had a hard time finding inspiration online for non-fried recipes for zucchini flowers so thought I’d share some of mine! Along with a few memories on how these fiori di zucca are treated (and devoured) in Italy. Continue Reading

Cooking in Florence: Pasta with zucchini flowers

 

note the mask over ear;)

“Life is unpredictable” was used in the last blog post entered before COVID-19 hit Italy on my then reflecting on having started to split time between San Francisco and Florence. Famous last words, you could say.

Long story short, I came to some difficult conclusions and here I am in Florence. C‘est la vie. I’m trying to roll with life’s punches while clasping to gratitude for what I do have. I’ll explain a little bit of what it feels like being back and conclude with a quick summer-themed pasta recipe. Continue Reading

Cucina lockdown: Pici Bis Bliss cacio e pepe and amatriciana

Well, hello you beautiful eyes whoever you are! As always, I start a post with a self-deprecating apology for being too distracted/anxiety ridden during a global pandemic to update as regularly as I’d like. I promise, there’s a recipe at the end of this existential tunnel of dread.

More often then not, I feel as if I’m drowning in an ocean and use all my might to flail to the top. And in those rare moments when I have an opportunity to breathe, I show up here. Continue Reading

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