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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Mangia! Mangia! An Italian Culinary Adventure

This past month has been a whirlwind for me. Between changing jobs (and careers); moving to Princeton, NJ with my boyfriend; and traveling to France and Italy for 17 days, I am exhausted. Lucky for me, all of this chaos was positive and enjoyable.

Me overwhelmed by a Florentine steak for 2!
Grapes on the vine near Greve, Chianti
Antipasti mixto plate (prosciutto and salami)
I could go on and on about how wonderful the food was in France, especially since it is one of my favorite types of cuisine, but the focus on this post will be Italian cuisine. I will be honest and say before planning this trip, Italy was never at the top of my vacation destination list. Now, no pasta, "gravy," olive oil, or cured meats will ever compare.

I can't get the delicious food off of my mind, and because of that I am challenging myself to replicate some of my favorites. This Irish girl is going to learn how to make authentic Italian pasta sauce, dry-age meat to be as flavorful as a Florentine steak, and make pasta by hand then cook it to be perfectly al dente.

Lunch at La Mescita Fiaschetteria in Florence


I will keep you updated as I test out my faux-Italian cooking skills and see if I will ever be able to recreate some of the best meals of my entire life.

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