On December 30th, I went to a food demo at Café Fiorello featuring the traditional Italian soup, Cotechino and Lenticchie, that is eaten on New Year's Eve for prosperity and good luck. Café Fiorello's executive chef Raffaele Solinas demonstrated how to make the meal and handed out samples to passersby.
I took a friend along with me and both of us enjoyed the soup immensely. Let's just say that black eyed peas are no longer my favorite bean for the New Year. Although the beans were flavorful, it was the sausage that I couldn't get enough of. I told Chef Solinas that finding the correct sausage is always the most challenging part for me in replicating recipes after attending a a special food event. I then asked where he bought his sausage. "I made it," he replied…"I'll send you the recipe." (See that's why I love chefs so much - their generosity of spirit.)
Although I wasn't able to get the recipe in time for the new year, Chef Solinas was kind enough to send it to me. Now IRead More »from Cotechino Con Lenticchie (Lentils) Recipe by CafÃ© Fiorelloâ€™s Chef Raffaele Solinas