FIORELLA FORAGES

September 12, 2017

Italians are known for growing fresh fruits and vegetables, and taking them right from the garden to the kitchen! Fruits and vegetables are most nutrient dense when they are in season. Dandelion and chicory greens can grow wild and are known as fora...

September 17, 2014

Watch my mother and I prepare my pesto with beautiful produce from the Columbus Farmer's Market in New Jersey! Check out the recipe here

Fiorella's Pesto

  • 2 lbs of Fresh Basil

  • 1 cup of salted cashews, almond, and hazelnuts (roast at 350 for 6 minutes)

  • Juic...

September 4, 2014

At the intersection of my favorite entrance to Central Park, despite the horse manure wafting through the air, the Plaza Hotel has tucked away it's sleek little food hall. Keeping with the Plaza Hotel's very Falcon Crest and Robin Leach vibe, the food hall offers some...

August 26, 2014

Over the weekend, my sisters Tina (in from San Francisco) and Antonete, met at my mother's house in New Jersey. We went to the farmer's market and picked up a lovely Jersey bounty of fruits and vegetables and did some antiquing along the way! Columbus Markets also feat...

August 13, 2014

During my recent lecture at the Italian American Museum, I prepared four crostini to give my guests a Taste of Sicily! For those who couldn't make it (or for those who were able to snack on them), here are my easy recipes so you can make them at home! 

Crostini Alla Nor...

Every month, I do a segment on BronxNet OPEN sharing Meals for One! dishes and tips for healthy cooking and eating! This month, I showed how healthy eating can be tasty and used some seasonal fruits to make some delicious condiments so you never have to eat another bla...

Late summer and fall brings us one of the most ancient and gorgeous fruits: ficus carica, also known as the fig. For me the fig is a symbolically poetic fruit, from its ability to perish so quickly, to its succulent and colorful appearance. As a child my father and unc...

June 27, 2014

During my summer internship  in London, I remember walking through the streets of Bath with my flatmates who decided to spend the afternoon wearing semi-period garb (so we looked like Jane Austen characters).We walked along cobblestone streets, found antique shops alon...

May 26, 2014

I grew up eating pesto, although it isn’t typically a southern Italian sauce. I didn't really understand the absolute sheer deliciousness of it until I went to Northern Italy to visit Lake Cuomo and Cinque Terre. Pesto originated in Genoa in the Ligurian region of Nort...

May 9, 2014

This is THE salad that I will put my name on because it is one of my very favorites--easy to assemble, mostly prepped for you and just fresh and delicious. The flavor profiles in this salad came to me after eating a Hawaiian influenced Tuna Poke and then I just added s...

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Go Get in Touch with Your Food!

Fiorella Forages will take you through the streets of NYC to find her favorite prodcuts and ingredients to her favorite meals. Follow her trail (walk everywhere!) and you will get stay active while you Go Get in Touch with Your Food!

 

My first memories of foraging was when I was 5 years old with my dad and my sister stopping at the side of a road lined with dandelion greens and eating them in our salad that night.

 

When I visited my relatives in Italy, I noticed their refrigerators were very small. They told me it was because they went to the market everyday to get fresh, seasonal items that they ate that day.

 

Now I know we don't have the leisure time or typical laissez faire Southern Italian lifestyle, but nonetheless, it influenced how I approach my food.

 

One of the most interesting phenomena I learned through working with my patients is that they seem disconnected from their food. They don't know where it comes from, where to get it, and what to do with it.

 

It occurred to me that if your delivery man is your only link to your food, then you are missing a big piece of your mental and physical relationship to food.

 

To make things worse, with our diet-crazed culture we have lost our confidence in what to buy, what we really want and how to be truly healthy.

 

If food is life and food is nature-then we need to re-connect with food.

 

So go on forage and Get in Touch with your Food!