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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Open Season at the Farmers’ Market

My local farmers’ market opened for the season last week. As usual, I was powerless against the charms of the ruffled chard, the elegant spears of asparagus, the colorful knobby carrots, the tender salad greens. New at the Twin Springs stall was a bin of “kaleidoscope scapes,” the stalks of the plant that in the fall yields […]

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When In Rome…

UPDATE: Well, what can I say? I loved reading all of your comments, all the things you love about Rome. I love the same things ~ the fountains, the gelato, the little restaurants tucked away on side streets. I also love the parks ~ Villa Borghese, Villa Ada (near where my aunts used to live). […]

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La Farinata: A Favorite Ligurian Snack

It occurs to me that I’ve talked a lot about the flavors of Genova and Liguria, but I haven’t really given you a taste. So before we leave this beautiful region of cliffs and cool breezes, of ports and seaside villages, I’d like to share this recipe for farinata, a classic Ligurian street food. Farinata […]

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The Flavors of Genova

Genova is a city of contrasts, of grand palaces and of narrow maze-like streets called caruggi, of Baroque cathedrals and of hole-in-the-wall fish fry joints. Like Naples, the city spills down towards the water and sprawls up into the hills. You can ride the funicular or a lift to take in the view from above, and […]

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Anchovy Love in Genova

I was expecting to be wowed by the Italian Riviera, but as it turns out it was Genoa ~ Genova in proper Italian ~ that won me over, starting with a tiny trattoria. One of my rules when traveling, especially long distances, is that there ought to be a nice meal ~ or at least the […]

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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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