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February 20, 2018
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Posole

The first time I’d ever heard of “posole” we were in Santa Fe having dinner at the home of a friend. It was cold and snowy and she wanted us to taste this stew she had prepared. It was the perfect meal for a winter evening-warm and spicy, filled with chunks of pork and this […]

February 11, 2018
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Spinach and Chard Nudi

  Looking for a vegetarian dish that packs lots of flavor, well look no further. It’s been ages since I made these and they are just as good as I remember. Think spinach ravioli without the pasta wrapper. Once again I was a little concerned that they might fall apart in the boiling water, but […]

October 27, 2017
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Kabocha Squash & Fennel Soup

It’s finally fall-well sort of. I was recently on the east coast looking forward to those crisp autumn days and it ended up being in the 70s. At any rate the vendors at the farmers market, despite unseasonably high temperatures here in CA, have moved on to displaying all the colder weather veggies that I […]

August 18, 2017
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Sweet Corn Polenta

When I think of making polenta it’s usually a wintry evening and I’m craving a heartwarming dish. I always have a bag of  cornmeal in the freezer that I’ve brought back from Italy with plans for a dinner. The Panini Girl Tour  usually visits a miller on one of our day excursions and what a treat it […]

July 15, 2017
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Condimento Alle Verdure

It may seem like all I’ve been doing for the last seven weeks is reminiscing about my time in Italy and yes, there’s been a lot of that going on, but I’ve also been back in the kitchen. My first impulse when looking for a summer starter is to grill up some bread for bruschetta […]

March 25, 2017
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“I Cracker” And A Giveaway

I’ve been thinking a lot about Rome lately in anticipation of our upcoming trip to Italy. As J. says “Rome is like an onion. You just keep peeling back layers and there’s always more to discover.” Of course there are endless sights that I hope to some day see, but I can’t help myself from […]

January 23, 2017
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Italian Street Food

Earlier last year I had the opportunity to do some recipe testing for Paola from one of my favorite blogs-Italy On My Mind. I had success with both of the recipes I tested and looked forward to the publication of her book. I was enamored with the lemon ricotta gelato and the ease of putting […]

December 2, 2016
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Mozza At Home-Braised Chicken Thighs

Over cocktails on Thanksgiving Day I had the pleasure of thumbing through Nancy Silverton’s latest cookbook-Mozza At Home. I’ve been a fan of hers for years, beginning with her well known La Brea Bakery. At the time it was one of the only places around southern California to get what you might call artisan bread […]

November 24, 2016
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Happy Thanksgiving

An old favorite-pecan pie from the Silver Palate. Pecan Pie 4 eggs 1 cup dark brown sugar 3/4 cup light corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup melted sweet butter (1/2 stick) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups shelled pecans, chopped 9″ unbaked pie crust 1-1/2 cups shelled pecan halves (or however many you need […]

October 27, 2016
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Carabaccia-Florentine Onion Soup

  Do you know Emiko Davies? If not, let me introduce you. Emiko is an Australian (actually half Japanese, half Australian) who made Italy her home. Having lived there for many years and married to an Italian, this passionate cook has a blog that chronicles her love for the food of Tuscany, specifically that of […]