Today in the spotlight: meet “the other guy.”
Tuscanfoodie is just that: a guy from Tuscany that fell in love with American food. "Seriously?" you may ask, "Not the other way around?" Yes. Seriously. After moving from Tuscany to Chicago with his Belgian wife, Tuscanfoodie has wholeheartedly embraced the cuisine of his new, extended home: TexMex, Mexican, and Southern food. We can’t help but smile at this genuine fascination – and then pat ourselves on the back for, well, being American.
Tuscanfoodie’s recipes are truly a melting pot of cuisines: Tuscan cuisine, those aforementioned Mexican and TexMex cuisines, even Belgian cuisine. For the food of his home country (and the food that we fall in love with), try his Butternut and amaretto tortelli with brown sage butter, his Tuscan Rice Fritters (Fritelle di riso), his Spaghetti with cherry tomatoes and pecorino cheese. But for the food of his new, adopted home – the food he loves (and that we now can see why) – try his Bowl of Green (pictured above), or Poblano soup, or “4 fresh chiles and a ghost" chili. For dessert, there’s always Gaufres de Lieges (Belgian waffles from Lieges): a multicultural ending to a multicultural meal – from FOOD52's very own multicultural “other guy.”
Read our profile Q&A with tuscanfoodie below, and check out his blog here.
What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?
Alive octopus: it still moved in my mouth. Not an entirely pleasant experience, I must say.
What do you cook when home alone?
Since I moved to the US, I am experimenting with American cuisine, especially TexMex, Mexican and Southern. But if you come to my place for a sudden dinner, chances are you will be eating an impromptu carbonara...
Your most treasured kitchen possession:
The handwritten book full of recipes that my mother gave me when I left Italy, more than 15 years ago.
The ideal number of guests for a dinner party is: