Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lazaro Cooks! A Guest Post... Pasta Fagioli


I'm here but I'm not really 'here', persay... I am guest posting over at one of my most favorite bloggers' place: Lazaro Cooks! Lazaro was ever so gracious to ask me to do a guest post for his 'way better than mine' blog.

Check it out. I am so excited and honoured that Lazaro asked me to join the ranks of his wonderful choices in guest bloggers... I dedicate my dish to Italy. I'll be back soon Italy, I promise.

Oh, and while you're over at Lazaro's place, you absolutely need to check out the rest of his stuff. He does some incredibly amazing things with food. Seriously. He's an awesome cook and a great person.

Have fun exploring and let me know what you think of the pasta fagioli, for sure!

I'll be back tomorrow with a meal worthy of the incredibly winter storm that is gracing the Northwest with its presence right now. Did you hear we're supposed to have snow this weekend? Crazy.

See you soon!

p.s. because I have totally slacked on posting pics from Italy I love you and the theme is Italia, here are a few of my faves from the trip... more to come!

 Grapes from the vineyeard literally in our front yard. Literally.


One of the many squares in Firenze

We did a lot of this...

Can't be in Italia and not have bruschetta. Oh. I made this by the way :)

In the Cinque Terre we happened upon a 'festival' supporting the local firefighters. There was a ton of food.. wine (this wine) of course and no one spoke even a lick of english... it was awesome!

 Here's the festival. One of the highlights for me.

Aaaand... one of my alltime favorite pictures of the trip. I call it 'don't mess with Italia'

Arturo with his friend, Arturo :)

The Sangria that I still have dreams about. It was that good.

 The Leaning Tower... those are my parents :)

It may not look impressive but damn... it was good! Words cannot explain.

Here is a version of pasta fagioli with bread. Noodle's lunch while we were in Siena and it was so so good!

More to come!



  1. Lovely photos. Italy is my dream destination. What I'd like to know is this... do the Italians say "fajoli" or "fazool"?


  2. Hi Ellen! I'm here via Lazaro's blog. Great job with the guest post and amazing pasta fagioli. I hope you're having a blast in Italy! I've always wanted to go there. Anyways, I look forward to reading your blog... and it looks like we're blog twins (we used the same template!) ;]
    Safe travels!

  3. Hi Ellen, nice to visit your blog, great job with your post at Lazaro's blog and wonderful photos here. I love Italy and hope you tasted some wonderful food there, how could you not? Welcome home:)

  4. Butter Yum... Italy is truly gorgeous. I would live there in a heart beat!

    And to my knowledge, traditionally it's pronounced 'fajool', emphasis on the 'oo' :)

    Roxan... I'm so glad to have you here! I will head on over to your blog and definitely check it out :)

    Pacheco Patty... Thank you very much! I'm glad to have you here! Thanks for the welcome home... I do miss the food already. So good!!

  5. Ellen,

    Fantastic photos. Glad you had great trip. Thanks for playing along with the guest post. You really hit it out the park.

  6. Fun! Lovely soup thanks for a new idea, I make the same Italian soup over and over here ;)
    Ummmm, when are you going to post the Sangria recipe??? ;)

  7. Lazaro...thank you! And thanks again for the guest post spot. It was my pleasure and I'd be glad to do it any time :)

    Gwen... Thank you! I hope you give it a try and love it. We sure do :) and sangria? It's coming... definitely coming! I wouldn't leave you hanging. It's too good not to share :)

  8. We've got to figure out how to make that Sangria...and then a party is a must. :) I can't wait until I can go to Italy. I love the glasses - tell me you bought them! :)

  9. Great soup! I'll put this on the list to make! I'm doing the chicken rice soup today and the taco one next week!



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