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  • Ragu Bolognese

    Tuesday, June 14th, 20111 Comment

    Inspired by my recent trip to Italy I set out to recreate a lunch that I had been served by a wonderful home cook. After a month of dining on incredible food, this meal was right at the top of my list. It couldn’t have been simpler and yet it was just perfect-a [...]

  • Pasticceria de’ Cenci – Arezzo

    Tuesday, April 26th, 20117 Comments

    Hello from Arezzo! As I sit here writing I’m listening to the sound of church bells ringing all over the city. I am lucky to be staying in a great apartment with a huge giardino (garden) right in the center of town. I love that I can walk out my door and be in [...]

  • Farinata

    Tuesday, April 19th, 20113 Comments

    I frequently have a running list going of things I would like to make in the kitchen. Ages ago I read about “Farinata” a crepe-like snack that comes from the Liguria region of Italy. Made with chickpea flour, water with a little bit of olive oil, salt and if you like, fresh rosemary, it is [...]

  • Pesto with Fennel Fronds

    Tuesday, April 5th, 20112 Comments

    I’m a farmers’ market devotee. I’ve been going to the same Saturday market for twenty years. I go to the market even if I really don’t need anything. There’s just something that being surrounded by all that gorgeous produce that I can’t bear to miss.
    In Italy the weekly markets are a way of life. Everyone [...]

  • Pea and Parmigiano “Wonton” Ravioli

    Tuesday, March 29th, 2011No Comments

    Ravioli are probably my favorite form of pasta. I suppose it has a lot to do with the memories of my grandmother’s ravioli that I grew up with. Those were very traditional of the area where she grew up (Campania) filled with creamy ricotta cheese and topped with tomato sauce. I have carried on the [...]

  • Fava Bean and Arugula Crostini

    Tuesday, March 22nd, 20113 Comments

    I can’t quite remember what I used to do for appetizers before I discovered crostini. They are just so versatile. The possibilities for toppings are endless. I’m all about cooking with the seasons and am excited with the changes that spring brings to the farmers’ market.
    There’s a wonderful Italian couple who have a stand [...]

  • Focaccia

    Tuesday, March 15th, 2011No Comments

    My grandmother was a wonderful cook. She spent countless hours in the kitchen preparing meals for her family, meals reminiscent of her homeland-Calitri, Italy. I loved everything that she made and at the time I didn’t really understand how special it was to have homemade bread. I just assumed that everyone had a nonna [...]

  • Tuscany on a Moped

    Thursday, March 10th, 20118 Comments

    The wind whistles up and the air warms each time we crest another hill. Occasionally, drops of rain sting as they sprinkle down from fast moving silver clouds high above us. We are hunched over a moped, buzzing along, alone on the winding roads of Tuscany. Long sun shadows glide across the hills which show [...]

  • Ditti di Mandorle

    Tuesday, March 8th, 20116 Comments

    I’ve been day dreaming about the pasticcini (little pastries) that you can find in pastry shops all over Italy. Each just a bite or two, but oh, what an incredible bite that is. These biscotti (cookies) take me right back to a shop that I used to visit in Arezzo. I was living there for [...]

  • Grissini

    Tuesday, March 1st, 20113 Comments

    You might know these as breadsticks. Grissini is their Italian name. I’ve never really given much thought to making my own grissini, that is until today. I’ve been reading a book that I borrowed from a good friend and I can’t quite believe that this cookbook isn’t already on my very crowded bookshelf-The Italian Baker- [...]