Tag | Abruzzo

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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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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Italian Artisan: Francesca Di Nisio of CantinArte

Meet Francesca Di Nisio, a woman after my own heart. I mean that literally because Francesca is a producer of olive oil, which as we now know, is one of the “good” fats. But Francesca’s oil isn’t just good; it’s some of the best I’ve had the pleasure of tasting, made form organically grown olives […]

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Making Homemade Ravioli

Do you have a favorite kitchen project? Mine might be making ravioli. I’ve been doing it for years (and years) so this may sound ridiculous, but I still get an enormous sense of accomplishment when I stand back and look at a batch of hand-cut ravioli that I have just made. I straighten the rows […]

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Olio Santo ~ Abruzzo’s Holy Oil

A distant cousin once entertained my sister and me at the dinner table by eating whole hot peppers. We were little and thought he was crazy, but he was Abruzzese, and as I came to learn first-hand, we Abruzzesi love our peperoncini. No matter where you sit down for a meal in Abruzzo, whether at […]

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Dicembre Dolce: Celli Ripieni {Jam-Filled Cookies from Abruzzo}

Jam- and nut-filled cookies are a traditional Christmas treat in Abruzzo and other parts of Italy. In our house, these cookies took the form of my mother’s calcionelli ~ fried half-moon pillows of sweet dough filled with ground nuts and honey and flavored with citrus zest. She fried them on Christmas morning and we ate them, still […]

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Let’s Have Dinner at Le Virtu’

Last December, my friend Helen convinced me to hop a train to Philadelphia with her and have dinner at a place called Le Virtù. I had heard of the restaurant specializing in the cuisine of Abruzzo, which (as you all know) is the region my family is from. But, let’s face it, on a chilly […]

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