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With 2 Tuscan themed events/appearances coming up..I have Tuscany on my mind..from my first event that celebrates the 562 nd birthday of Leonardo da Vinci at Muhlenberg College,Allentown, Pa. on April 8th, form 7:30 to 9:30 with a presentation on Leonardo da Vinci and my book dedicated to him… The Basic Art of Italian Cooking Da Vinci Style and a reception with sampling of recipes from the book to follow….



to the May 10th event

COOKING AUTHENTIC TUSCAN CUISINE Event at the Culinary Center at the Montgomery County Community College in Lansdale Pennsylvania,which includes a lesson on Tuscan cooking and a 5 course Tuscan meal with wine sampling..

You can go to anyone of these websites for more info on this special event

Hope to see you at both events, for more info or to register you can also email


Tortino di Portabella e Patate (Portabella and Potato Torte)

1 lb (500 gr) of potatoes

½ cup (100 gr) extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves

1 handful parsley

1 tsp dried oregano

1 lb Portabella mushrooms

pinch of salt, freshly ground pepper to taste

Gently clean mushrooms , slice. Peel potatoes and slice thinly. Steam till  soft but not cooked thoroughly, chop garlic and parsley and set aside. Oil a pie pan, layer first mushrooms , then layer of potatoes, season each layer with garlic, parsley,oregano ,salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil on top, Bake in preheated oven to 400 F  (200C)  for 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. And potatoes are golden brown. You can also use my Tuscan Picnic Spice Blend that works exceptionally well with potatoes and you can purchase them here online


Get your copy of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Da Vinci Style for more recipes and stories on Leonardo da Vinci and culinary travels through Italy, you can purchase here at or at Amazon or exclusively at Kindle


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