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February 27, 2017
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Calitri Bound

    It’s been a long time coming, but I can finally say that in just a few months we will be headed to Calitri. Since spending one night there 12 years ago I’ve been longing to return and really get to know the birthplace of my maternal grandparents. Both my grandfather and grandmother emigrated […]

December 24, 2016
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Buon Natale

I’ve never been to Lucca during the winter, but I’d like to make believe that I’m there right now sending this Christmas greeting out to you. Form the historic anfiteatro with its gorgeous tree lighting the piazza, to the view from the top of the Guinigi Tower (maybe next time I’ll make it all the […]

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 […]

November 11, 2016
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Happy Veteran’s Day

  Thank you to all the men and women who have sacrificed their time and their lives to keep us free. You will not be forgotten. My dad somewhere in Italy during WWII. I wonder where that little girl is today?

September 18, 2016
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Growing Up With An Italian Grandma

When I was a kid I thought everyone had a grandmother who made pasta every Sunday and  had noodles drying on the bed in the spare room. I just assumed all my friends ate homemade ravioli. What did I know? I loved absolutely anything and everything my grandmother made. I really can’t think of one […]

May 7, 2016
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Chicken With Lemon & Herbs

    I haven’t had a lot of time to blog recently, but I have been in the kitchen. Yesterday I tried a recipe for chocolate caramel walnut bars which I saw on line. They looked like a blondie topped with chocolate frosting. I couldn’t wait to bite into one and planned on sharing with […]

April 22, 2016
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In The Kitchen

These two lovely local Lucchese women were responsible for an evening filled with lots of laughs and a dinner that we won’t soon forget. Our apartment located in Lucca’s centro was the perfect spot for a cooking class. The kitchen is bright and spacious with a great work space large enough for all of us to participate […]