Monday, January 2, 2012

Under the Tuscan Sun

photo credit: 100 Layer Cake
Even though my toes are frozen inside of my socks as I sit here, just saying the word...Tuscany...makes me feel all warm and toasty inside.  The landscape, the sun, attitude, the food.  Sigh.  It's been my "main destination" for as many years as I can remember.  I want to stroll through the vineyards, plucking fat, sweet grapes from the vine.  I want to press the nectar from fresh olives.  I want to tear off a hunk of a Tuscan boule and eat it with some locally made cheese and salami.  And I definitely want to find myself a pig with the snout of a truffle detective!
photo credit: Purple Chocolat Home
Tuscany...to me...is all of this and so much more.  Giant sunflowers, bowing their heavy heads.  Rice and gelato and beets and mushrooms and chickens and lemons and fragrant herbs and a colorful veggies galore!  So what do you say?  Wanna cook up a Tuscan inspired meal and set a gorgeous Tuscan-scaped table amidst the vineyards?  I'll be the one with a bottle of vino in one hand and a bottle of olive oil in the other...drunk on sunshine and happiness.

What will you bringing to our Tuscan table this week?  Check out Twelve: A Tuscan Cook Book by Tessa for lots of food and inspiration!
photo credit: Tuscan Traveler
Make and post your Under the Tuscan Sun post by Sunday, January 8th. Don't forget to link your post of the week's with Mr. Linky below, so we can all enjoy your fabulous creation! Remember to leave a comment after, each week that you use Mr. Linky to link your post, just to be sure we don't miss anyone.

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If you missed the Winter Wonderland theme last week, be sure to head on over and see all of the delicious dishes everyone brought!  Don't forget, we're cooking through the recipes of Tessa Kiros right now...so if you've linked up, be sure that you've used/adapted one of her recipes for your post!


I Heart Cooking Clubs *Under the Tuscan Sun* Participants

1. Chicken alla Pizzaiola
2. JamieK
3. Natashya - Fusilli con Cavolfiore
4. Heather~ Pane co' Santi
5. Andreas - Osso Bucco with Gremolata
6. Kim - Risotto with Artichokes and Sausage
7. Couscous & Consciousness - Cappuccino Fredo/Coffee Granita
8. Deb in Hawaii--Zuppa di Ceci

11 comments:

Kim said...

I dream of a trip to Tuscany also. Maybe one day, when the kids are older. Until then I'll have to visit it in my kitchen.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Yes please! Me too! I wanna go, I wanna go, I wanna go!

Deb in Hawaii said...

I'm in! Let's all meet up. ;-)

Heather, your post makes me want to go there even more than I did before.

MM said...

Made a version of Tessa's Scaloppine alla Pizzaiola...Chicken alla Pizzaiola. It was delicious as was her Simple Tomato Sauce. Can't wait to make it again. And to see what other dishes are cooked this week!

Jamie said...

First time submission! Can't wait to read others' selections!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

My Fusilli con Cavolfiore is up! Easy and delicious.

Heather @girlichef.com said...

Just posted my Pane co' Santi...Saint's Bread!

Andreas said...

Post is up.

I second the idea of an IHCC excursion to Tuscany. ;)

Kim said...

Tessa's risotto with artichokes and sausage was one of my favorites yet. Really delicious.

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Whew! Just squeaked in under the wire - I've linked up Cappuccino Fredo meets Coffee Granita.
Ciao xo

Deb in Hawaii said...

Sneaking in under the wire with Tuscan Zuppa di Ceci (Chickpea Soup). This one was really good--one of my favorite Tessa soups so far. ;-)