[Thoughts on the Table – 67] The Premise of Italian Cuisine, with Melinda King

When I started Thoughts on the Table, I never would have thought that it’d reach its 67th episode, that it would feature so many amazing guests, and that it would have allowed me to approach Italian food and food culture from so many different ... Continue reading

Squash Risotto, a Comfort Dish for Winter

Squash risotto (or risotto con la zucca), is a traditional risotto common in all northern Italy. The squash gives an especially mealy texture, and a sweeter flavor to it, along of course with a beautiful orange color. But what is squash, exactly? Along ... Continue reading

Spätzle-style Passatelli Sauteed with Radicchio, on Cheese Fondue

Passatelli are a variation of “stracciatella”, an ancient soup that can be found in various parts of Italy. To make stracciatella, a mix of egg, cheese and (optional) breadcrumbs is whisked into boiling broth, resulting in bits of ripped dough that ... Continue reading

The Mystery of Bread

The smell of bread… Freshly baked bread has such an evocative fragrance. I rarely get that when entering a bakery in Vancouver. The reason why it’s often missing is that either the bread is not made on the premises, or not made using ... Continue reading

Pasta 101

Pasta is probably the most recognized Italian dish. And for good reasons. Pasta plays a fundamental part in the diet of every Italian – even every day, from childhood ’til death! This article describes all main pasta types. Italians like ... Continue reading