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August 23, 2011
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More On Pasta

Today is the last day to enter in the contest to win a copy of The Glorious Pasta of Italy so be sure to leave me a comment if you haven’t done so yet. In the mean time, the latest issue of La Cucuna Italiana (it’s the October issue)) arrived in the mail today and […]

August 18, 2011
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A Give Away To Get You Cooking Pasta

I’m crazy for pasta in all shapes and forms and whenever I’m stumped for what to cook for dinner, chances are we’ll be having pasta. Lately I’ve been whipping up batch after batch of homemade noodles, but you don’t have to devote that much time to your pasta meal with the availability of so many […]

August 10, 2011
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A Taste Of Calitri

Although it’s been quite a while since my last attempt, I have not given up the hope of recreating my grandmother’s cingul’, the handmade pasta that is the specialty of her home town-Calitri. I’m not sure what spurred me on, but a few days a go I was all set to boil up some dried […]

July 18, 2011
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Pasta Risotto-A Seriously Good Dish!

Some years back I heard about cooking pasta as you would risotto-ladling in hot broth, stirring and waiting in hopes of the pasta absorbing the liquid. I thought it was worth a try and I have a vague memory of it taking forever and in the end tossing the still crunchy pasta into the trash. […]

June 23, 2011
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Sicilian Inspiration

Every time I turn around I keep hearing about Sicily. It started a few weeks back when I watched an episode of the Italian travel show Sereno Variabile on Rai TV. There was an interesting segment on a train trip through a variety of Baroque cities on the southeastern part of the island. I was […]

June 22, 2011
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Passionate About Pasta

Other people stuff their suitcases with purses and scarves and shoes when they travel home from Italy. I, on the other hand, bring home food-lots of different things, but always pasta. There’s a brand of dried Italian pasta that I love and with a little work you can find it here (usually on Amazon). Unfortunately […]

June 1, 2011
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Recreating A Memory From The Mountain

The dining room tables were set for about twenty. There were eight in our group and I wondered who else would be joining us for lunch. As we were sitting outside in the sun enjoying the crisp mountain air, one by one all the workmen from the farm filed past and I realized that they […]

March 28, 2011
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Back In The Kitchen

It’s been a while and I must admit that I’ve missed both my kitchen and my blog, but I’m back! First the kitchen was somewhat torn apart and there was no way that I could cook. Next I was out of town for a few days and then came home with a cold and didn’t […]

February 15, 2011
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Tortelloni Verdi

There are times when I make elaborate plans for special dinners. I get out the little notebook that I keep in the drawer of our coffee table and begin scribbling down menu ideas. There are lists of appetizers, entrees, desserts. There are names of cookbooks with important page numbers, lists for the farmers’ market and […]

November 17, 2010
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A Taste Of Autumn In A Raviolo

If there’s one vegetable that screams autumn to me, it’s butternut squash. Of course you can walk into a supermarket at any time of year and buy a butternut squash, but why would you want to if it’s the middle of summer? Summer is for tomatoes, zucchini, corn and beautiful green beans. Think like an […]