Spiced Red Wine Cookies

Nonna Rhode Island’s chicken soup was the ultimate, with rich broth, thin noodles, and tiny meatballs. But her white wine cookies? Those would not have won any prizes. More biscuit than cookie, the egg-glazed rings of twisted dough were hard and not very sweet. You really had to bite down to break into them, and […]

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Raspberry-Strawberry-Rhubarb Crostata

What happens when you put a classic American pie filling ~ strawberry-rhubarb ~ inside a classic Italian crostata crust? You end up with a lovely springtime dessert. Rhubarb isn’t really associated with Italian cooking ~ at least not to my mind. The only way I’ve seen it used in Italy has been in the form […]

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Olive Oil…and Artichokes

I spent a week in Italy last month learning about and tasting olive oil. The trip was sponsored by the Italian Trade Association as part of an effort to draw attention to superior oils from around the country and to olive farmers and oil producers who aren’t mired in controversy. As you may well know, […]

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Stracciatella

Last week when I was sidelined by a bad head cold (low-grade fever, sore throat, massive headaches ~ you know what I mean) this soup saw me through. Composed of just four ingredients ~ broth, egg, spinach, cheese ~ stracciatella is one of the most comforting and nourishing dishes in all of Italian cooking. It’s […]

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Two Cookbooks and a Lemon Cake

* * * * * * * UPDATE: The winner of Yogurt Culture (chosen randomly by my daughter) is Susan! Congratulations, Susan, you are going to love Cheryl’s book. Thanks to everyone for your comments. I enjoyed reading about your favorite cakes, and, as always, you’ve shared great suggestions and inspiration. * * * * […]

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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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