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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

worth mentioning...


if you already know marlena you will love this, but if you are new to her, start with her first book, a thousand days in venice, read them all in a row, a thousand days in tuscany, the lady in the palazzo, that summer in sicily and then antonia and her daughters. you won't be sorry. to me she is larger in life in person, but her writing truly resonates deep within me...



it was a cold foggy day at the beach, perfect for tuscan soup, warmed with cinnamon and caramelized onions...









a soup of cinnamon scented onions and peas in the manner of caterina de medici

4 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T unsalted butter
4 large yellow onions
1 T sugar
2 T ground cinnamon
sea salt and fresh cracked white pepper
3 cups good beef broth
1 cup dry white wine
500 g english peas shelled and poached in water 5-7', drained and pureed
1 cup parmigiana
6 1/2" slices coarsely textured bread lightly toasted and rubbed with extra virgin olive oil

as if this recipe alone isn't worth buying the book... there is so much more awating you~