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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 […]

August 5, 2017
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Panzanella

For years we grew tomatoes in our small yard. What a thrill it was to go out every day and pick whatever we needed for our supper. Some days it was actually a bit overwhelming as there might be thirty or forty tomatoes covering the kitchen counter. I spent hours making sauce with our lovely […]

July 23, 2017
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Spicy Corn Fritters

As soon as corn appears at the market this is the first dish that I make. I found the recipe years ago in Gourmet magazine (ah the good old days…) and it’ still a summer favorite. I tend to make the full recipe even if it’s just the two of us as they’re just as […]

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 […]

May 19, 2017
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Lucca-In The Kitchen

Six years ago when I began my Panini Girl trips to Lucca I met a very talented local woman whose passion is cooking. By day she works for the archdiocese located a few blocks away from our apartment and in her spare time she teaches cooking classes. We are lucky to stay in an amazing […]

April 22, 2017
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Coconut Cream Pie

Looking for a light and luscious dessert? Well, look no further. I dare say that you may even be able to win over those who profess not to be a lover of coconut with this pie.  The custard is rich and creamy, but not at all heavy. I thought about saving the leftover filling and […]

April 15, 2017
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Garlic Knots

My first foray into bread baking was many years ago when I was quite a novice in the kitchen. At that time my “go to” cookbook was The Vegetarian Epicure. I was living in Colorado and didn’t give a thought to the altitude when I jumped into baking a loaf of Honey Wheat Bread. I […]