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Homemade Celery Salt

I’ve been enjoying wonderful celery from the farmers’ market. The Twin Springs stall has been carrying big bunches with long stalks and loads of leaves since early October. I’ve only had to buy it twice all season because the bunches are so generous. I’ve used some to make cream of celery soup. The rest has ended […]

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On the Light Side: Mushroom Carpaccio

Mushroom carpaccio is not your typical Thanksgiving side dish, which is why I am recommending it. Brightly flavored with parsley and lemon, it’s the perfect counterpoint to all the rich foods that dominate our national holiday meal: those buttery mashed potatoes, that sweet, sweet potato casserole, the brussels sprouts with bacon (or in my case, pancetta), the […]

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Abruzzo Culinary Tour: Join Us in 2016!

What are you doing September 18-25, 2o16? I know what you should be doing ~ joining my partners Nancy and Michael of Abruzzo Presto and me on our third annual culinary tour of Italy’s most spectacular region: magnificent Abruzzo. We’ve set the dates and are refining our itinerary. You’ll find details in this post on my […]

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Rustic Italian Revisited

A new edition of my book Williams-Sonoma Rustic Italian has just been published. This updated version has 20 new recipes and beautiful new photos from photographer Maren Caruso, including this drop-dead gorgeous cover shot. The original premise of the book ~ simple recipes to share with family and friends ~ hasn’t changed, but when the […]

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Torta di Mele con Sambuca

Hello, I’m back. And I’ve brought a new apple cake recipe with me. This one is courtesy of my friend Marta Carrozza of Il Marchese del Grillo B&B in Sulmona. Over the last few years I’ve asked her for I don’t know how many recipes, and she is always gracious about sharing them. I’ve written about […]

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Gelato alle Foglie di Fichi

My poor fig tree has been up against it. It suffered severe dieback two winters ago and has never been quite the same. On the advice of a couple of experienced gardeners, I pruned it nearly to the ground. And while it has grown back, it is now more bush than tree. There are plenty of little […]

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Pomodori Ripieni | Stuffed Tomatoes

Most Tuesdays, my friend Tori Ritchie, a veteran cookbook author and food writer, emails a recipe to subscribers. I’ve been one for years and I always enjoy seeing her Tuesday Recipe emails in my inbox (the same cannot be said for all the emails in my inbox). The recipes Tori shares are usually simple and always appetizing. Often […]

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Ciabotto Abruzzese

As soon as I took a bite of this vegetable stew at my friend Giulia’s house, I knew I wanted to share the recipe with you. Ciabotto (cha-bot-toh), as it is called in Abruzzo, is the essence of summer, a savory sauté of zucchini, eggplant, potatoes, onions, and tomatoes, cooked in wine and a generous amount […]

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Sorbetto di Ananas | Pineapple Sorbet

The other day I looked up from my computer and found it was midsummer. Suddenly, I was no longer the parent of a high school senior, but rather a college-bound high school graduate, brown as a nut (as my friend Kelly might say) from his job as a tennis camp counselor. His younger sister, meanwhile, managed […]

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Spring Synchronicity

Sometimes ~ not always, but sometimes ~ things fall together nicely. Last week, the respected food and cooking website Serious Eats named The Glorious Vegetables of Italy one of five essential Italian cookbooks. It was a completely unexpected and entirely welcome accolade for one of my favorite “babies” (as I tend to think of my books), […]

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