May 18, 2013 |
The term "Rosso Toscano" usually indicates an inexpensive wine made for everyday drinking. But in this case, the wine is essentially a Super Tuscan, made from a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Not a drop of Sangiovese, but it's unmistakably Tuscan - intense and concentrated, with a seductive tonal palate and enough body and tannic grip to age and evolve. And hard to resist now. This is a great red for barbecue season, with the stuff to stand up to smoke and char.
February 16, 2013 |
You can find all sorts of kale at the market these days, including frilly pastel-colored flowering varieties and rough-edged Russian kale with its red border. But probably the sweetest kale is the one sometimes called Tuscan. Actually, it travels under many names, including black kale, cavalo nero and dinosaur kale (for its dark green, somewhat scaly-looking leaf). In Tuscany, it's sometimes called lacinato . Whatever the name, cook it carefully and this is one great green, with a creamy texture and deep, sweet flavor.
December 12, 2012 |
Because of their rather tough texture, greens such as kale are often cooked to tenderize them before serving. But gently rubbing a bright vinaigrette onto the cut greens also works to soften their texture, making for a wonderfully fresh salad with crisp, assertive notes. Top it with a few grilled baby carrots for an extra touch of color and you have a finished dish in under 30 minutes. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here . Food Editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.
December 3, 2012 |
When you're looking for a perfect one-dish meal, look no further than this recipe for Tuscan chicken stew. Chicken thighs are braised with white beans in a light tomato sauce, the stew finished with fresh spinach and lots of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. Best of all? The whole meal comes together in about an hour. For more quick-fix dinner ideas, check out our video recipe gallery here . Food editor Russ Parsons and Test Kitchen manager Noelle Carter show you how to fix a dozen dishes in an hour or less.
November 25, 2012
Architect Wallace Neff combined elements of Tuscan, Spanish and Mediterranean Revival styles in creating the '20s Gates House. Entered through the original wrought-iron gates, the restored home looks out on the Rose Bowl. Location: 3 Richland Place, Pasadena 91103 Asking price: $2.9 million Year built: 1925 House size: Five bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 5,042 square feet Lot size: 18,619 square feet Features: Den, breakfast bar, living room fireplace, beamed ceiling, restored and original light fixtures, French doors, hardwood floors, laundry room, covered patio, swimming pool, tile roof, detached garage About the area: In the third quarter, 38 single-family homes sold in the 91103 ZIP Code at a median price of $352,000, according to DataQuick.
October 29, 2012 |
Spending Christmas in a remote farmhouse doesn't sound particularly inviting, except when that farmhouse sits on a vast winery in Tuscany. Il Borro , an extensive estate owned by the Ferragamo family of fashion fame, makes wine and olive oil, and provides luxury lodgings for guests. It's also the name of the medieval village. Sceptre Tours offers a six-night trip for a minimum of four people that includes a stay in a two-bedroom farm house and a rental car. You can explore the gardens and grounds of the estate and tool around villages from Florence to Siena.