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Immersion Hand Blender | Frullatore mixer ad immersione

Immersion Hand Blender | Frullatore mixer ad immersione

In Praise of Blenders “Long live human-powered kitchen tools!” Thus I ended my most recent post, where I talked about two such tools: the food mill and the potato ricer. Lest I pass for a technophobic person, let me here sing the praise of an electrical kitchen tool.     Before I add something to...
In the End, We Are Italians

In the End, We Are Italians

  I went to Tuscany last week. I’m Italian, but I didn’t travel that much in my country, because I’m one of those people who says “I have to discover a lot of things in the world, I will always have time to discover Italy”.     I wanted to be out of the world,...
Passaverdura e schiacciapatate | Essential tools for delicious Italian cooking

Passaverdura e schiacciapatate | Essential tools for delicious Italian cooking

 Italian cooking with the passaverdura and schiacciapatate The aroma of roasting tomatoes filling my kitchen is one of my favorite smells. I first learned to oven-roast cherry tomatoes. With them, I prepare a personal interpretation of the famous Caprese salad or special crostini recipe, to name just two dishes. I then moved on to larger tomatoes that...
Salt and Pepper | More than just spices

Salt and Pepper | More than just spices

  Sale grosso is what my mother added to the water when cooking pasta and sale fino is what she used to season food. That is the world in which I grew up and reaching for these two kinds of salt is what comes natural to me. In recent years, however, I have slightly expanded...
The Smell of Living Abroad

The Smell of Living Abroad

  We have 5 senses. Sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch. It’s normal that every time you go to a different city, a different country, the perception of these 5 senses change. I want to talk to you about one sense in particular: smell. Because if you think that you are going to experience the same...
Great Courses Demand Grated Cheese

Great Courses Demand Grated Cheese

Grated cheese is an important ingredient in my kitchen: first of all, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, then Montasio, Gouda, and other cheeses.   I use only authentic Parmigiano-Reggiano and whatever cheese I choose for a specific dish, I grate it immediately before use. To support my position, I am calling Gordon Edgar, cheesemonger at Rainbow Grocery in...
An Italian Americano Cocktail

An Italian Americano Cocktail

  It’s a beautiful spring day – lots of sun, a light breeze –  and we all know what that means; it’s the perfect day for an aperitivo! My choice this evening is a refreshing and famous Italian cocktail, the Americano.  If you don’t trust my taste in drinks, let me remind you that this...
Anisetta Meletti | Vintage Italian Premium Liqueur

Anisetta Meletti | Vintage Italian Premium Liqueur

A long time ago, in a little town in central Italy called Ascoli Piceno, everything seemed to be very quiet and still and yet a great innovation was underway in the field of distillation.  You see Silvio Meletti developed a process that combined the slow evaporation of alcohol and the highest quality local aniseeds to...
Cutting Board & Mezzaluna | Traditional Italian kitchenware

Cutting Board & Mezzaluna | Traditional Italian kitchenware

Among the traditional italian kitchenware my mother had, there was one item that particularly fascinated me: the mezzaluna (literally: half moon). She used it very rarely and I was not allowed to touch it — two facts that contributed to make it even more special to my eyes. And it is a special tool, efficient...
Moka Lovers | An International Obsession

Moka Lovers | An International Obsession

Espresso has become incredibly popular around the world (just check out our story on Italian style coffee in China), but now it’s the turn of that humble little pot that no Italian home can do without – the moka. Yes, the moka might be unassuming, but watch out!  We’ve started to notice that this little...
Italian Re-designed Easter Eggs

Italian Re-designed Easter Eggs

I’m sure you know that, here at Ganzo, we love design and we love food.  When both of these things are Italian we love them even more!  So this Easter we’ve been looking for modern Italian re-designs of a classic treat – the Easter Egg – that will let us combine all of these passions...
Pastry Board and Rolling Pin | Italian Kitchen Items

Pastry Board and Rolling Pin | Italian Kitchen Items

Spianatoia and matterello (a pastry board and rolling pin) were two important items in my mother’s kitchen. She mostly used them to make pasta all’uovo (egg pasta), one of her specialties. In my childhood kitchen, when not in use, both items were inserted in the kitchen table, underneath the table top, like special drawers. My mother had...