la cucina povera

A nice post, though I don’t know if they’re really living up to the “cucina povera” dealio on their blog, with all of the meat-filled recipes they feature…


As for me, one of my New Year’s resolutions is sticking to 3-buck-Chuck and a slightly tighter (read: simpler) food budget. *sigh*

But practically speaking:,0,4672867.htmlstory


3 Responses to “la cucina povera”

  1. 1 Doc December 29, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    truffles? saffron? anyone who considers those ‘essentials’ is in a tax bracket i’ll never reach 😛

    the secret to cooking with meat is to extract as much as possible out of the stuff. this is why so many southern foods (our own american ‘cucina povera’) feature pork as a seasoning. it’s simply amazing what a little bit of bacon or salt pork will do for a big pot of greens, beans, or vegetable stock.

    all of my new year’s day foods are cucina povera 🙂

    • 2 katherine December 29, 2008 at 10:26 pm

      dude, did you read the article? it was saying that saffron and truffles are NON-essentials. 😛 which a lot of foodies would disagree with. personally, i can’t afford saffron and have not yet been struck with the desire, opportunity, or means to try truffles, so i’m all set.

      their one tip on what luxury item not to skimp on (the rest being pretty basic things– like avoid fancy chopping contraptions and specialized pans)… coffee. you can’t skimp on coffee. even you will not disagree with that 😉

      most of it was really urging for simplification of your kitchen/ eating habits.

  2. 3 Doc December 30, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    I consider myself a foodie, but I can easily do without any one or two ingredients – no matter how important they are for some recipes. Just use a different recipe. There are millions of things to cook and eat!

    As for coffee, sometimes even the IHOP stuff is pretty good. I’m convinced that preparation is more important than the beans, after all. I will try to show you, if you decide to cut back on your cutting back on caffeine 🙂

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