February 7, 2011

Happy New Year!

Although most of the world celebrates the new year in January, it has not always been like that.
My mom grew up in Shanghai and the we have always also joined in on celebrating Chinese New Year as well. In Florence, March 25th was the day they celebrated, I wrote about it here on a past blog, 
which also has Bacon Brittle which I am going to remake for my Charcutepalooza blog later this month.

I tend to celebrate as much as possible.

The Spring Equinox also has a strong pull and this year I am having more new beginnings in March.
I have recently leased a new space in Colle Val D'Elsa to begin my culinary workshops again. It will be my research center with my collection of cookbooks and small teaching kitchen where i will be your Italian life coach in  MY TUSCAN KITCHEN. 

Here are some shots from the market-- 
I may need to have a basket to bring things up and down from the window!

sausages and salami

fennel and artichokes
flower market 

I am excited to start teaching on a more regular schedule again.

Even if the day classes when the market is not on, we will still shop the local butcher and local vendors to create our menus. It is always so much fun to hang out with the locals. I can't wait to start my new year!!!


  1. Wow! That is so interesting that your mom was from Shanghai! Do you ever incorporate that into your cooking? Anyway.. Happy New Year!

  2. i don't make my tuscan food chinese-- but now I can easily find fresh ginger and soya sauce in italy- i always have it in my kitchen!