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Spaghetti Frittata

I took a long walk this morning to clear my head before a full weekend of writing. Although we had a little snow and freezing rain yesterday on the official first day of spring (!), it has already disappeared. The light is soft and diffuse and there is a definite springtime feel in the air. With […]

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Classic: Budino al Cioccolato

I sometimes feel like I lead two different lives. There’s my (sort of) tidy life here on the blog, where I pop up every week or two (or three) with a new recipe, an anecdote, an update. Then there’s the other life, the one in which I’ve been more or less chained to my stovetop […]

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A Ciao Biscotti Giveaway!

[Big hat tip to photographer Antonis Achilleos and the design team at Chronicle Books for the book images] * * * * * * * * * UPDATE: First, I want to thank all of you who commented and shared your stories. You’ll never know how much it meant to me to read them. Truly a […]

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Coffee House Biscotti and a Book Signing

Apparently I wrote an entire book about biscotti without ever knowing that there is something in the world called a biscotti pan. Are you familiar with it? It’s essentially a long, shallow loaf pan that produces the kind of biscotti ~ fat and as long as a baton ~ that you find in coffee houses […]

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London River Cafe’s Chicken in Milk

Jamie Oliver’s recipe for chicken in milk has gotten a lot of love on the Internet. It’s been posted, with heaps of praise, on The Kitchn, Food 52, Huffington Post, and Oprah, plus a slew of blogs. My friend Stacey recently shared her adaptation on her blog, Stacey Snacks (Stacey posts all kinds of wonderful recipes so […]

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Canederli in Brodo: Bread Dumplings in Broth

Normally by mid-January I am completely over winter. I’ve had it with scarves and gloves and heavy coats, with raw winds and dry brown landscapes. This year, most uncharacteristically, I find myself enjoying, if not reveling in, the season, even as temps have dipped into the teens (that’s cold for Virginia). There have been brisk […]

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Agnello alla Cacciatore ~ a Savory Lamb Stew to Welcome 2015

Happy New Year, Dear Readers! I hope you had a relaxing holiday ~ or, if not relaxing (let’s face it, most holidays are anything but), at least an enjoyable one. We hit the road on Christmas Eve, traveling to NJ to spend a few days with my family. Then we continued north to upstate NY […]

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Dicembre Dolce: Italian(ish) Chocolate Bark

OK, I know chocolate bark isn’t Italian. It was invented by Williams-Sonoma. Or maybe California as a way of marketing dried fruit. Either way, chocolate + dried fruit = holiday heaven in my book. Add nuts and you really send me over the moon. So I made some bark. And since it is my mission […]

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Dicembre Dolce: Cranberry-Hazelnut Biscotti

I have my issues with social media (don’t we all) but there are times when I appreciate ~ even enjoy ~ it. Like when a spontaneous cookie exchange breaks out on Facebook. That is what happened to Linda, Adri, Marie and me a couple of weeks ago. One minute we were all commenting on a […]

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Dicembre Dolce: Torta Ubriaca

I love this cake for two reasons. First, it combines chocolate and red wine, two of my favorite ingredients. Second, the recipe was given to me by my friend Marta Carrozza. Marta and her husband, Alessandro Maceroni, own Il Marchese del Grillo, a bed-and-breakfast in the heart of Sulmona. The small B & B has […]

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