Beautiful Liguria

No doubt there is a place in the world that owns your heart, as Italy owns mine. Most of my heart (as we all know) belongs to Abruzzo. But I have a feeling I’m about to leave a piece of it in Liguria, where I’m headed for a few days of R&R&R (research and rest […]

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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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