Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Family Farm in Tuscany: Zuppa Ribollita

    How delicious is Italian food? When Josh and I go out to dinner, we usually end up going the Italian route. I also enjoy making Italian food at home. When I was given the opportunity to review A Family Farm in Tuscany by Sarah Fioroni, I jumped at the opportunity (disclaimer: I received this book for free):


According to the publisher, “In A Family Farm in Tuscany, Sarah Fioroni, chef, cooking instructor, sommelier, and manager of her family's organic farm near historic San Gimignano, shares stories of family traditions and daily life at Fattoria Poggio Alloro. After moving to the farm in the 1950s to work as sharecroppers, the Fioronis later purchased the farm through their hard work and dedication to the land. They transformed the property into a model of integrated, sustainable agriculture that has been visited by government officials from all over the world and featured in numerous publications, including Organic Gardening magazine.”

What I liked most about this book was the truly unique recipes. The yogurt breakfast cake is next on my list…


For the review, I decided to make the Zuppa Ribollita (Ribollita Soup) which is traditionally made with kale:


I increased the amount of liquid in the soup and used spinach instead of kale (Josh isn’t a kale fan):


Here is the original recipe from the book:


And my finished product:



This was seriously delicious. Warm, comforting, and healthy! Kaylin loved this soup. I wasn’t planning on giving her any, but she was motioning towards my bowl while I was eating it. I decided to let her try a bite and one bite turned into many. 

You can read more about the family farm here. And you can see more reviews via the World Blogging Tour here.  If you’re looking for a unique Italian cookbook, definitely pick this one up.

Two side notes: 1. I hope everyone is safe with this crazy storm, 2. Have a very Happy Halloween! Are y’all dressing up? We’re going as an Eagles football team. Pictures to come ;).


Katie said...

This looks fantastic!! I am making a recipe this week that has kale in it! I might sub it for spinach too.

Kerr said...

Yum.soup is perfect for this time of year.

Shannon G said...

sounds delicious :) can't wait to see your costumes!!

Lauren Podolsky said...

It looks seriously delicious! I've been all over soups these days too!

wearenotmartha said...

What a beautiful book! And that soup looks absolutely stunning and sounds delicious :)


Michelle Pfennighaus, CHC said...

Oh so fun when they start wanting to try your food!

Blond Duck said...

I can't wait to see the pics!

Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life said...

Can't wait to see your costume! My little guy is dressing up as Woody from Toy Story

Biz said...

I am not a fan of kale either, but I think spinach was an awesome substitute - I'll have to make this one!

Stephanie said...

Love greens in soup like this, yum!! Also the bf is a huge Eagles fan, I'm sure he'd totally approve of the costume choices ;) happy Halloween!!

sarah k @ thepajamachef.com said...

i must try this recipe! i saw it in the cookbook, but wasn't sure what i thought. now that you say it's so good, i'll have to try it!!