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FIRST NIGHT IN FLORENCE SPAGHETTI

When I recently made my Pasta Piselli dish I was reminded of this wonderful, simple and utterly delicious pasta dish from my dear friend Cynthia, “The Solitary Cook”. Cynthia and I met through Food 52 and I admire her, she is a Chef, an amazing and creative cook and one of the nicest people you will ever meet, Besides our mutual love of food we share a love of animals and her assortment of furry and feathered friends is wonderful. I hope you enjoy this recipe, I make it all the time, I have mentioned Cynthia to you all before, making her great recipes for bread, she is an astounding bread baker. Visit her blog, you’ll see how wonderful she and her blog are… Enjoy!!!

The Solitary Cook

Is Wednesday still called “hump day?”  Well, whether your work week is a straight Monday through Friday shot, or a variation thereon, chances are it has a middle that you need to get past in order to get to the other side.   On nights like that I need something fast.  But good.  Very good.  Points are awarded if it’s easy to clean up after.  And leftovers for the next day’s lunch are a big plus.

This has become my go-to for such evenings.  Like all favorite foods, this one has a story.  I first posted it and the recipe on the lovely food52.com, where I’m known as boulangere.  It was early last August, not long after I had returned from Italy and France with the dancing daughter.   Since then, it’s garnered over 5,000 views, and 175 people have saved it.  Neither is even close to a…

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  1. That is a great recipe! Very true to eating in Italy.

    April 16, 2015
  2. Hi Suzanne, I enjoyed reading the re-blogged post, wonderful dish!!! Have a great day. Hugs to Nando. xo Cheryl

    April 16, 2015
  3. Suzanne, this sounds like the perfect dish for a thriving Thursday. Thanks for the introduction to Cynthia and her blog. Hugs all ’round.

    April 16, 2015
    • It’s a wonderful dish, highly recommend. It’s so simple but the taste is profound. Thanks Teagan.

      April 16, 2015
  4. Thank you for sharing The Solitary Cook’s recipe. It sounds delicious, easy and perfect for a yummy weeknight meal! Cheers.

    April 16, 2015
  5. I absolutely love these simple-yet-delicious dishes that are everywhere in Italy.

    April 16, 2015
    • Italy has cornered the market IMHO on great quick and very delicious food. Thank you so much.

      April 16, 2015
  6. Wonderful dish, love pasta served this way!! Looks delicious, loved the post.

    April 16, 2015
  7. This looks like a lovely recipe! I happened to see you were the winner on Food 52 for your Pasta Piselli! Congratulations! I’m inspired and although I said I would never enter another “contest” again, am going to toss a recipe on to their Best Recipe with Green Stuff!

    Thank you for being such a continual inspiration to me both with gorgeous recipes, and your dedication to sharing and blogging. You do it all with such grace!

    April 16, 2015
    • I really look forward to seeing your entry. I love contests, makes me think and get creative. Thank you so much, this pasta dish is amaizng.

      April 16, 2015
  8. This is one of my favorite recipes, and Cynthia is one of my favorite people I’m ‘met’ through Food52. I’m so glad you shared her recipe and blog with your readers! And HUGE congrats for winning the Food52 contest!!!!!!! Well deserved, Suzanne. I’m so happy for you. You’re one my favorite people I’ve ‘met’ there too 🙂

    April 16, 2015
    • It’s a wonderful dish, Cynthia is such a great friend and so are you Susan. There are a handful of people I have met that I am close to from Food52, I am very thankful to have met you. Thanks so much.

      April 16, 2015
  9. Ooo love this dish – sounds simple yet delicious dish. … fabulous Suzanne. …

    April 16, 2015
  10. Suzanne… I’ve liked this recipe from the title! A plate of spaghetti named in honour of my city! I have also checked her blog out… awesome!

    April 16, 2015
    • Oh I love Florence, well I love Italy all of it. I wish I could go there more often. Cynthia’s recipe is so wonderfully simple and delicious. Thank you.

      April 16, 2015
  11. Suzanne, your kindness and that of your sweet readers is enormously touching. All the more so in light of what I discovered just this evening: http://the-cooking-of-joy.blogspot.com/2015/02/first-night-in-florence-spaghetti.html

    I have no idea who this woman is. If you look through her site, she reblogs gs A LOT from Food52. And I suspect she did not ask Dorrie Greenspan, either, if she could reprint her recipes. It appears that nothing she posts is original.

    At any rate, I posted a couple of comments on her site. The sort of person she is only deepens my gratitude to you and your readers. Thank you so much.

    April 16, 2015
    • First of all I absolutely adore this dish but even more the story and emotion behind it.
      I cannot believe what you found on that site. She basically uses others recipes and blogs about them without permission. Hmmmm.., not so good .
      There is something so special about everything you make I am so happy to know you.

      April 17, 2015
      • Every recipe reflects the work of crafting it – conceiving it, drafting it, making it, tweaking it, photographing it, editing it. I am deeply disturbed by people who take that work and use it without permission or attribution. I’m still thinking about how to respond to her. Her entire site (and the recipes she posts on food52, 5 of which have been Cps) are all the result of other peoples’ work.

        April 18, 2015
      • Wow that’s very disturbing. I feel that when someone is a blatant plagiarist like her and its not caught or recognized, quite the opposite really it’s a slap in the face to those that do have integrity. Unbelievable

        April 18, 2015
      • I’m still ruminating over a reply, Suzanne. When I have one drafted, would you mind if I sent it to you for your thoughts?

        April 19, 2015
      • Please do. Absolutely.

        April 19, 2015
  12. Bevi #

    This recipe is a favorite not only of mine, but my son, who loves it. Cynthia is a tremendous person, and one of the best bloggers out there. She gives every word she writes meaning and life. I am so glad to have met you, Cynthia, Susan, and others who not only love to cook, but cook to love.

    April 17, 2015
    • It’s so true on all counts. Love Cynthia, her writing, her recipes. I love your last few lines, cook to love. Thats great. Thanks Bevi.

      April 17, 2015
  13. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I MUST make this dish!

    April 17, 2015
  14. Dish looks great glad u reblogged it

    April 17, 2015
  15. What a wonderful, simple, perfect Italian meal . I’ve missed reading your blog. Slowly catching up on everything you’ve been up to! Perfect way to start.

    April 17, 2015
    • Thanks Amanda, hope all is well. This is the perfect simple Italian pasta dish, so flavorful!

      April 18, 2015
  16. Eating anything at all in Florence would be rather lovely, but this pasta dish sounds especially good.

    April 19, 2015
    • Totally agree, Florence is such a beautiful, magical city I could eat just about anything and love it.

      April 19, 2015
  17. Another pasta dish I must try! We are having your Pasta Piselli again this week…requested specifically by my husband! So amazing.

    April 20, 2015
    • Thank you so much, it makes me so happy that you liked my Pasta dish and this one is just so wonderful.

      April 22, 2015
  18. It is my dream to go to Italy so bad! This looks so lovely and I love the pics!

    April 22, 2015
    • I want to go back so badly, I lived there for a few years and loved every minute of it. Thanks Brandi.

      April 22, 2015

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