Torta di Mele {Apple Cake}

It’s the weekend. Let’s have some cake! Here’s a recipe for a classic(ish) Italian torta di mele ~ apple cake. Unlike American apple cake, which seems to me more of a spice cake with an afterthought of apples tossed in, this cake is about the apples. They make up most of the filling, bound by a small […]

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Tozzetti ~ Wine Cookies with Cinnamon

During the latter half of our Abruzzo culinary tour, we stayed at Agriturismo Il Portone, in the foothills of the Majella mountains. The place is run by a sweet young couple, Donatella and Giancarlo. Donatella can often be found in the kitchen baking chocolate tarts and cookies, which she sets out for breakfast. I loved […]

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Abruzzo Adventure

Somewhere between the arrosticini and the zafferano, the porchetta and the pasta, the truffles and the torta nera; somewhere between the city of Sulmona, ringed with mountains, and the blue waters of the Adriatic, I thought to myself: this culinary tour thing just might work. We were eight: five intrepid guests, two gracious hosts and […]

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All Good Things

Incredibly, almost a year has gone by since I last posted a soup recipe. I eat soup at least once a week, no matter the season, for lunch and/or dinner, so I have no idea how this unforgivable omission happened. Let me fix it. Let me offer you a bowl of this soup, which is filled with […]

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September

September I love you but you make me sad. Your arrival brings with it the end of endless days, the end of corn and peaches and tomatoes, the end of grand slam tennis. You throw me into a funk. This morning my son walked out the door a high school senior. His sister, a junior, […]

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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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