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November 15, 2016
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Favorite Fall Veggies

I had the luck of recently visiting the Santa Barbara Farmers Market and as always, it was one huge source of inspiration. I left laden with bags of autumn vegetables and couldn’t wait to get home and start cooking some of my  favorite dishes. As much as I will miss summer tomatoes, peppers and zucchini, […]

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 […]

October 13, 2016
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Vegetable Pot Pies

I am a pot pie lover. I suppose my earliest memory of pot pies were the  ones in little aluminum pans made by Swansons-what a treat they were! Fast forward many years to my dinner delivery business where we sold individual chicken pot pies ready to pop in the oven for one very easy dinner. […]

October 7, 2016
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Tomato Stack Salad

The calendar might say October, but here in sunny San Diego we recently had the warmest week of the year (104 last Sunday-ugh). At the farmers market today I noticed that in addition to the usual assortment of vine ripened tomatoes there were a few vendors selling butternut and kabocha squash. How exciting I thought, […]

July 23, 2016
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Summer Stuffed Veggies

I love the surprise of slicing into a stuffed vegetable and seeing the filling spill out. Zucchini, especially the ball variety, are perfect for stuffing. The first time I made stuffed zucchini was after returning from a trip to Italy. I had spied them in the window of gourmet shop in Lucca and after one […]

July 14, 2016
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Tomato Tart

  Our tomatoes are in, despite the constant battle with the squirrels who seem to think they are entitled to first choice. Thankfully our plants are flourishing and we have plenty, even if we have to share with these annoying intruders. We’ve been eating caprese salads, tomato sandwiches, and bruschetta. I’ve been sharing bags of […]

June 17, 2016
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Frittata di Pane

  I can truly say that summer has arrived with the first bruschetta of the season. This may look like a traditional bruschetta, but in reality this dish is more like a savory French toast. I found the idea for this in Faith Willinger’s book Adventures of an Italian Food Lover. Don’t hesitate to purchase any […]

June 1, 2016
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Pasta e Fagioli

It wasn’t until quite recently that I became enamored of beans. I might have eaten them in the past, but I would never go out of my way to cook anything with them. I suppose I was won over by refried beans served alongside carnitas-a classic Mexican pork and bean combo. Then I discovered  cannellini […]

April 24, 2016
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Salmon Chowder

As you may have guessed, I am no longer in Lucca.  I always come home trying to hold on to Italy in any way that I can. I went out for gelato this afternoon made by an Italian who went to some “gelato university” in Italy.  I’ve made pasta, recreated the dishes from our cooking […]

January 23, 2016
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Lentil And Sausage Soup

      A few weeks ago I was saddened to hear about the passing of famed Babbo pastry chef Gina De Palma. I knew that she had been battling cancer, but it still came as a shock that she was really gone. When I first discovered her book Dolce Italiano some years back I […]