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Castagnole: Chestnut and Apple Fritters

Every so often, I pull a medium-size paperback off my bookshelf and get lost in its pages. The book is Tempo di Castagne (Chestnut Time), by Carla Geri Camporesi. It is a cookbook, but also a memoir of sorts, an ode to childhood, to country life in a different era, and to the chestnut in […]

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Funghi Ripieni | Stuffed Mushrooms

There’s a Twitter account that I follow called Boring Tweeter, whose profile picture is a beige square and who tweets comments like: “Goodnight. I hope I have that dream about cardboard again. It was good.” and “I’m sitting on a chair.” Boring Tweeter’s profile picture might as well be a button mushroom. In the wild […]

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Quince and Ginger Olive Oil Cake

There is something wild and romantic about quince. It strikes me as a fruit from another era, one you are more likely to find in a 17th century landscape or still-life painting than your local supermarket. It’s always been a favorite fruit of my mother’s. When I was growing up we had a small quince […]

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A Welcome Winter Salad

My family has been making this salad for so long I no longer remember the origin of the recipe. I only remember that my mom set it on the table for a dinner party and we were all smitten (oranges + endive + honey mustard + the ’70s). Inevitably over the years the salad acquired […]

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Wonder

Buon Anno a tutti! I thought I’d take a short break from food posts to share some photos from a recent day trip I took to DC with my husband. I say “day trip” even though I live less than 10 miles from the city because I don’t get there as often as I like, […]

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Buon Natale

Dear friends, I want to take a moment to thank you for spending the last year with me on this blog. I did not post as often as I would have liked to (I never do) but I enjoyed hearing from you, reading your comments, and sharing our mutual love of Italian home cooking. I […]

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Dicembre Dolce: Coffee-Hazelnut Chifferi

Do you have a favorite cookie, one that you absolutely cannot do without during the holidays? In our family, that cookie was my mother’s hazelnut crescents. She had gotten the recipe from a German neighbor but they were just like the nut crescents known as “chifferi” found in parts of northern Italy. Ultra-rich, crumbly, buttery, […]

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Dicembre Dolce: Lina’s Ciambelline

Note to those local to the DC area: I will be at the University Club of Washington, D.C.’s 26th Annual Meet the Author Night & Book Fair tonight, Dec. 2. Sixty authors and a fun, festive atmosphere. I’ll be signing copies of Ciao Biscotti. Come by and say hi! * * * * * * […]

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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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