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GROWING VALUABLE FOOD

March 24, 2020 Today am sitting at home in the midst of a rainstorm. Yesterday I worked in the yard, pruning, cutting, digging, feeding citrus and planting more seeds. All with the intention of growing food for my family and my Farm. I have been corresponding with an Italian Physician friend in Vancouver, Canada, and […]

IRISH SODA BREAD RECIPES , FOLKLORE AND FACTS

Even though IL Fiorello is Italian and makes olive oil, part of my family, on my Mother’s side is Irish, through and through. My mother believed in the “little people” and I heard a wonderful piece of music on the way home last night, called Ode to the Fairies of Ireland. It brought back lots […]

PI DAY RECIPE FROM IL FIORELLO

CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY TART WITH ST. GEORGE’S RASPBERRY LIQUOR I had a fantastic visit and tasting at St. George’s Distillery in Alameda. Their delicious Raspberry Liquor was the impetus for my Pi Day entry at IL Fiorello. So I wanted to share it with all of you. The day started well , with all four of […]

FOOD AS THE BEST MEDICINE

March 2020 In the Spring all thoughts turn to green: green trees, green grass, weeds, and green vegetables. This picture says it all. Eat well and be well. Your Pharmacy is your grocery store and your garden. Get out in the fresh air, take a walk. Watch less television and most definitely less computer/phone time. […]

EVERYBODY, IT IS TIME TO PRUNE THE OLIVES AND DO IT SOON

March 2020 It is time again to prune the olives – but didn’t I just do that. A whole year has passed so quickly. Italian Proverb “Prune each tree so a swallow can fly through the tree without touching its wings.” Get those shears sharpened. Clean the blades, Grab a good hat, a flexible pair […]

WHAT IS GOOD OIL AND WHAT IS BAD OIL

GOOD OIL CURES ALL and BAD OIL MAKES YOU SICK – Italian Proverb What is good oil? Good oil is fresh, new, well stored, bottled in dark bottles, and is extra virgin certified in California; passing both chemistry and taste panel certification. What is bad oil? An oil that does not pass the certification standards […]

FIGS GLORIOUS FIGS

NEVER ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO LOVE FIGS ENDLESS RECIPES TO ENJOY THE FALL ABUNDANCE   I have had many requests for some fantastic delicious and easy ways to preserve and present figs. We have 18 fig trees at IL Fiorello. Soon we will be known for figs as well as olives!! We grow a variety […]

IL FIORELLO BALSAMIC REDUCTION VINEGARS

The 2019 Central Coast Vinegar Competition Announces Winners   The Central Coast Vinegar Competition (CCVC) is proud to announce the award-winning vinegars from its 6th-annual blind-tasting event, held June 20 at the California Mid-State Fair. Best in Show went to IL Fiorello’s Winter Fruit – Orange and Pomegranate Vinegar. The honor came after judges awarded it a Double […]

WHAT TO DRINK AT IL FIORELLO DURING THE HOT SUMMER MONTHS

…AND WHAT TO EAT WITH THAT FABULOUS DRINK BEER SONOMA SPRINGS KOLSCH A German-style beer with grains and hops imported from Germany. It drinks like a pilsner, super crisp easy to drink. A really great summer beer. Pairs well with hamburgers and hot dogs on the back porch, or in the front yard, or on […]

THE COMPASS ROSE AT IL FIORELLO

Many things guide our way at IL Fiorello. The friendship and counsel of good people. The Suisun wind. The Seasons of the olives. When we began this journey, Mark and I always talked about a compass rose that would guide our way.  We have always wanted a compass rose for IL Fiorello.  To chart our […]

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