“But first, bambina, a little olive oil in the pan.” Mario Scibona, my grandfather

“The olive tree is surely the richest gift of Heaven.” Thomas Jefferson

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To Savor Your Super Bowl – Serve Up an Italian Hot Bath!

For a flavorful Super Bowl feast, start with an Italian “hot bath.” It never fails to amaze me that just a word or two can bring on a food memory that sparks an idea that sparks a recipe that sparks a blog post. In this case, the two words are  bagna cauda, meaning “hot bath” […]

This Very Veggie Stew is the Essence of Comfort Food

Goodness from the garden and the farmers market is what this Sicilian veggie stew is all about.                     It all started with three large yellow squash, a generous gift from my Palm Beach Gardens Green Market neighbor Veronica, of Ms. V’s Organics, msvorganics.com All the way home from […]

Welcome to The Olive-Skinned Cook!

I’m creating this blog as a natural extension of the Firenze International Olive Oil e-commerce site. It’s my way of  personalizing the buying experience online in much the same way I do when I talk directly with customers who stop by our stand at our various South Florida Green Markets.

It’s always a privilege and my great pleasure to chat with anyone who pauses to look at our products, and I delight in offering tastes of our extra virgin olive oils, vinegars and condiments. It’s a joy to answer myriad questions and queries, from the authenticity and origins of the products we chose, to how I got started in this business, and practical and creative uses for our products. The international aspect of the products we sell invites much conversation, and I love hearing stories of our customers’ travels, of wonderful, magical meals they’ve had while traveling, and what food and experiences they’ve encountered at home or away, fabulous or not so. On the flip side, I’m not at all shy about sharing my own family, food and travel experiences.

And, that’s how this blog commences: me chatting with you about food, family, cooking, life, health and well-being with the good intention of being helpful, informative and I hope, a bit entertaining as well.

Speaking of food, family, and of course, really good olive oil…hope you enjoy my first post!


The Best Chicken Recipe Ever, Thanks to My Italian Grandfather!