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Supporting our Tuscan cheesemaker friends

Support this Tuscan cheesemaker's farm | Cannelle et Vanille

A couple of years ago I traveled to Tuscany to teach a workshop. Remember that story? During that trip, we visited Francesco Bagnoli in his cheesemaking farm. Francesco, a scientist turned cheesemaker, is deeply involved with the Italian Slow Food movement. His small herd of cows roams freely around the property overlooking the Tuscan hills. ...




Roasted broccoli rabe tostada with avocado, fried egg and chimichurri

Roasted broccoli rabe tostada with avocado, fried egg and chimichurri | Cannelle et Vanille

Everything is shifting from winter’s dark jewel colors to bright greens at our farmer’s market. Flowering greens, tangled shoots and tender roots give way to the new season and a lighter palate. I recently re-discovered broccoli rabe as I worked with Andy Boy on some recipe development. Nutritionally packed, we all know that, but also ...




a guide to mushroom foraging

A guide to mushroom foraging | Cannelle et Vanille

I grew up in a family of mushroom foragers. It truly was a thing in the Basque Country - still is. Everyone I knew did it. Does it. Watched the weather for days, hiked for miles, returned furiously frustrated at the lack of funghi, always kept an ear open for by-passer conversations to see if ...




A summer picnic in Iceland

Summer picnic in Iceland | Cannelle et Vanille

Will you forgive me for posting two picnic stories in a row? As I mentioned on my last post, there have been so many picnics this summer. Most of them in Seattle, but I have to tell you I love having picnics everywhere I go. Let's get outside - rain or shine. Today I want ...