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Mackinac Island Blueberry-Lemon Muffins

I’m taking a quick vacation from Italian cooking to bring you this recipe for mini sugar-dipped blueberry-lemon muffins from Mackinac Island. I’ve been making them for a couple of decades, long before I ever set foot on the island. It never occurred to me to post the recipe here. But the other day I shared the […]

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Re-Entry Dish: Zuppa di Cozze

  Fried cheese curds Root beer float 8-ounce ‘gourmet’ burger with bacon, grilled mushrooms, onions and cheese Burnt almond torte Fried whitefish sandwich topped with creamy coleslaw Trio of sliders (Korean beef, corned beef, fried chicken) with a side of fries Creamy morel bisque (emphasis on the cream) Cherry pie Mackinac Island fudge That, my […]

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Postcard from Up North

 Ciao! I’ve been on vacation for the last 10 days, which is why the blog has been silent. I love our annual trips to northern Michigan, but I admit I’m looking forward to getting back to cooking in my own kitchen. I’ll be posting new recipes soon, but for now, enjoy this view of Little […]

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Parm Wonderful

  It’s hard to improve upon that spectacular gooey baked dish eggplant parmesan, aka melanzane alla parmigiana. It is the summer comfort food of choice for legions of Italians and Italian-Americans (and, no doubt, countless other humans, too). I mean, why mess with a classic, right? The truth is, some of us can’t help ourselves. That’s how I ended up with […]

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Mint Chocolate-Chip Cake from Sulmona

One day this cake did not exist in my world. The next it seemed to be everywhere, in one variation or another. A few weeks ago, my daughter and I and our friends Nancy and Michael of Abruzzo Presto had pranzo at La Locanda di Gino, in Sulmona. This restaurant is a gem. It opened […]

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Saffron and Summer Risotto

Tired of grilling yet? I’m not either, but we’ve had a string of late-afternoon thunderstorms that seem to deliberately pass through our neighborhood right about the time we we would be lighting the coals. The other night, this was my backup plan: risotto with summer squash, mozzarella and saffron. That golden color, by the way, is […]

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Postcards from Abruzzo

La ginestra, the fragrant and spiky broom plant, is in full bloom right now, lighting the foothills of the Majella mountain on fire with its glorious yellow flowers. It takes a lot of sightseeing ~ and eating ~ to plan a culinary tour of Abruzzo. Here are a few more snapshots from my recent trip: […]

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Summer Notes and Green Tomato Preserves

For years my mom made green tomato preserves every summer. For years, she and my dad gobbled them up on toast while my sister and I ignored them in favor of the strawberry and plum jam she also made (wouldn’t you?). Last week I brought home a handful of green tomatoes from the farmers’ market, intending […]

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Four Egg Whites and a Pavlova

Remember a few weeks back when I posted the recipe for lemon-ricotta crostata with mascarpone? As much as I love that recipe, it irked me that it leaves you with four egg whites. But now I feel better because I know exactly what you should do with those whites. Make a pavlova. Make this ethereal […]

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Please Don’t Eat the Daisies

The other morning on my walk I passed a young man sitting on the roof of a car. He was perched up pretty high, so probably an SUV, though lacking the car gene that both my Michigander husband and my son seem to have, I didn’t notice the make or model. The boy looked to be […]

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