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Tuscan olio 

Tuscan olive oil goes really well with a simply grilled steak, with beans (try it on humus), winter squashes, greens, on top of a sausage risotto, with both sharp cheeses and mild, milky cheeses, use it to bake a chicken, to make brownies...

makes 16 brownies
3/4 c (112 g) flour 
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp flaky salt
2 eggs
1 cup (200 g) sugar
1/2 vanilla bean 
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 Tbs (50 g) cocoa 
3/4 cup (60 g) hazelnuts, toasted, finely chopped 
Mix together the flour, and baking powder and set aside. 
Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla beans (split the vanilla bean and scrape it with the back of a knife) until the eggs are light and voluminous. Mix in the olive oil and the cocoa, then the reserved flour mixture and then the nuts.
Prepare an 8 x 8 x 2 inch pan by coating it lightly with olive oil and flour.
Spread the batter into the pan, sprinkle with flaky salt and bake at 325F/170C for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into the center comes out reasonably clean but not too clean.

Cool in pan, cut into squares to serve. 


pasta col cavolo nero e guanciale .. pasta with kale and cured pork 


guanciale (or pancetta or bacon)

short format pasta (calamarata, rigatoni, penne)

extra virgin olive oil

black pepper 


Boil the greens in salted water until they are tender, remove from the water and reserve. Fry the guanciale (or pancetta or bacon) in a frying pan with a bit of olive oil and remove it from the pan when it’s crispy. Pour out most of the fat, add olive oil and warm smashed garlic in the pan. When the garlic begins to release its flavor into the oil add the chopped Boil the pasta in the water where the greens were cooked. When it is al dente, drain the pasta and add to the pan with the kale. Toss it all together over a medium flame, season with abundant black pepper. Serve with crumbled bacon and a swirl of olive oil on top.


le ciambelline  .. olive oil cookies

makes about 30 cookies


scant 2 cups (450 g circa) flour

scant 1/4 cup (50 g) sugar + more for dipping

1/2 cup + 2 Tbs (220 ml) extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup (125 ml) Vin Santo or Marsala or other oxidative wine

2 tsps baking powder


Pour the flour onto a work surface and make a large wide well. Into the well

pour the olive oil and vin santo, the sugar and the baking powder. Mix with a

fork slowly incorporating flour until the dough comes together and you can

work it with your hands. Work in as much flour as necessary until the dough is

smooth, soft and elastic leaving aside the extra flour. Knead the dough just

until it comes together to form a ball of dough. To shape the cookies, cut the

dough into chunks more or less the size of a walnut, roll each one on the work

surface with your palm forming a length of dough and join the ends to make a little ring (ciambellina) 2 1/2 – 3 inches in diameter. Dip the cookies in sugar to coat one side and place them, sugar side up, on a cookie sheet. Bake them at 200-210C / 390-400F for 20 - 25 minutes, until they are golden brown and slide freely on the cookie sheet. Remove the ciambelline from the pan and cool on a wire rack.


bistecca fiorentina .. Florentine steak

The italiani don't eat one steak per person, they make a piece of meat big enough for everyone, grill it, let it rest on a cutting board and then serve slices directly from the cutting board. Choose a very good piece of meat, no marinating necessary.

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kale pasta
olive oil cookies
Florentine steak
olive oil brownies

1 thick-cut porterhouse steak, several fingers tall depending on how many people are eating


Tuscan extra virgin olive oil 

rosemary & black pepper

(or shaved white truffle & our Sicilian oil laStoria)

If your butcher hasn't already frollato / dry aged the meat, keep it in the refrigerator uncovered for a day or two. Let it come to room temperature before grilling.  

Prepare hot coals of oak or olive wood, they should be glowing hot but not flaming. When the grill is hot, place the steak over the coals. Grill 5 to 7 minutes per side, when you flip the meat sprinkle with salt, and then 5 - 10 minutes standing vertically on the bone end.

Let the meat rest on a cutting board, top with a generous swirl of olive oil, you can add rosemary and black pepper (or you can top the steak with shavings of white truffle but then use laStoria, our milder Sicilian olive oil). Slice and serve hot. 

beans & sausage

fagioli cannellini con salsiccia .. Tuscan beans and sausage

serves 4


10 - 11 oz (300 g) cannellini beans 

3 links of sausage (about 10 oz, you can use breakfast sausage)

fresh herbs like sage, bay, rosemary

hot pepper, in small strips

2 - 3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

extra virgin olive oil 

Soak the beans overnight then boil them in salted water until they are soft (around 45

minutes, depends on the beans).

Remove the sausage from its casings and break into bits. In a sautè pan with some

olive oil and whichever herbs you like, let the sausage sizzle until brown. When the

sausage is almost cooked, add the smashed garlic and the hot pepper. When the

sausage is browned and the garlic and hot pepper have released their aroma, add the

beans with a bit of their cooking liquid. Stir to mix through and smash a few of the

beans to thicken the liquid. Top with olive oil to serve. 

This is also great with black-eyed peas and sausage or black-eyed peas and

guanciale or pancetta for a bit of flavor but less meat.  

The more Tuscan preparation would be a vegetarian fagioli all'uccelletto:

warm garlic and sage in olive oil, add some passata / plain tomato sauce and then the beans, let it cook down until it looses its liquid, serve with more olive oil on top. 

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