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January 26, 2018
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Winter Vegetable Tart

Over the past week I spent more than a few hours pouring over cookbooks and thumbing through my ever expanding file of recipes looking for an idea for a lunch I was preparing for a few friends. I thought I had settled on a hearty soup paired with crusty homemade rolls, but I kept coming […]

January 13, 2018
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Chicken Thighs With Fennel

If I had to choose my favorite one dish dinner, this may just be the one.  I was introduced to this recipe and to the pleasure of fennel many years ago in a cooking class I took with Lynne Rossetto Kasper, who until last year was co-host of the popular Splendid Table radio show.  As […]

December 19, 2017
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Pecan Cookies

Long ago I fell for this cookie from a local cafe and tried to no avail to obtain the recipe through both Bon Appetit and Gourmet. Whenever I was near the cafe I would treat myself to this amazing pecan cookie, but I always held out hope for baking it in my own kitchen. As […]

December 13, 2017
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Come Along To Lucca

Wouldn’t you love to pack a bag and run away to Italy? I know I’m not the only one that feels that way. Come along this spring on the Panini Girl tour and let me be your guide. I guarantee you will fall for Lucca in a heartbeat. From its famous “wall” to its many […]

December 2, 2017
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Chocolate Hazelnut Crinkle Cookies

I can’t seem to get enough of these two flavors. It’s a classic combination (Nutella) and whenever I’m in a gelateria in Italy my first instinct is to order nocciola e cioccolata-hazelnut and chocolate. These cookies have a slightly crisp exterior with a lovely soft center. I couldn’t resist sampling a few, but my real intent […]

November 20, 2017
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Wild Mushroom Tart

So I’ve finally moved on from all things tomato and am ready to try some new recipes focusing on fall flavors. I know that you can get mushrooms all year long, but I didn’t even think about making this tart until the weather turned a little cooler. When I went to the cupboard to find […]

November 4, 2017
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Pumpkin Panna Cotta & A Sendoff

In honor of my good friend K. who was about to set off on an adventure to the south Pacific, I had a few women in for lunch. I kept the menu simple-a wild mushroom tart and a salad. Much to the surprise of my guests I also served a dessert-not sure why this was […]

September 23, 2017
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Verdure Agrodolce

This recipe comes from the lovely Gemma, cheesemaker and cook extraordinaire at Cerasa, the farm at the top of a mountain in the Garfagnana. I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying a day on the farm observing Gemma making pecorino and then savoring a home cooked meal in the dining room on three different occasions. Each […]

September 20, 2017
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Missing Lucca

        What can I say? I’m longing for Lucca. Come along and join me in the spring for a week of food, fun, friendship and of course, shopping! Panini Girl In Lucca May 2018 get in touch at paninigirl4@gmail.com

September 2, 2017
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Eggplant Rolls With Salsa Verde

I’ve always been a lover of eggplant, but J., he’s another story. When we first met he proclaimed a dislike for this vegetable and then I introduced him to my eggplant parmigiano. “How can this be eggplant, it tastes too good” he would say. I would smile and serve him up a second portion. Years […]