September 24, 2006
Tis the Season...
As soon as Fall comes in the door, a sense of peace and happiness fill my food soul!
The market begins to fill with the Fall food lover favorites , porcini and also, as if my magic, the second spring.. artichokes, zucchini blossoms and figs, which all gift us twice a year!
In the countryside, the leaves are finally starting to turn and the vendemmia, wine harvest, has begun. August's cool nights and September's heat followed by rain have created an incredible harvest.
If they are able to finish before rain or hail storms hit.. watch for the 2006 vintage to be a great one!
Our own zucchini plant has taken over the garden, producing incredible numbers of flowers, but luckily very few zucchini.
The days are still warm, but cooler evenings bring on the desire for slow cooking.
Slow Food's Salone di Gusto in Torino is on my fall calendar at the end of October.
But before Slow Food, I will be gone for a week of total CHOCOLATE DECADENCE, touring the master chocolate producers with a group of professionals. This year's tour we are also adding on a day trip to Genova to Domori and ending in Perugia at the Eurochocolate festival. Way too much chocolate, is there such a thing?
Life is tough in Paradise, but someone has to do it!