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Lemon-Ricotta Crostata with Mascarpone

There’s almost always a ricotta pie of some sort on our Easter table. When I was growing up it was my mother’s pastiera, a lattice-topped torte filled with a mixture of fresh ricotta, beaten eggs, sugar and cooked wheat berries, and flavored with a dash of cinnamon and a splash of Punch Abruzzo. I liked […]

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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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Dicembre Dolce: Cherry Republic Biscotti

There is more than one way to slice biscotti. There are at least sixty. Or there will be when I’m through with them. Which is a roundabout way of saying I’ve just started work on a new book project. Subject: Biscotti. It won’t be an exhaustive project ~ just a fun little homage to one […]

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Strawberry-Apricot Pie

I hope they have health food in Dublin and strawberry apricot pie If they don’t have those things in Dublin we’ll probably die  For years—decades—I have wanted to make this pie. Strawberry-apricot pie. Ever since I first heard those three words strung together in the song “The Troubles” by The Roches. This was back in 1979 or […]

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A Favorite Cake to Welcome the New Year

Buon Anno a tutti! Happy New Year. As I sit here writing and thinking about the year ahead, I am (literally) surrounded by the past. During the Christmas break, my husband and I decided to start a long-overdue project to clean and reorganize our basement. So far, we have said farewell to five huge bins […]

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Dicembre Dolce: La Cicerchiata

Fabulous photo by France Ruffenach for Chronicle Books Fried dough pellets glued together with honey to form a ring. That, in essence, is la cicerchiata, a traditional dessert from Italy’s Abruzzo region. There is nothing subtle or sophisticated about it. And yet, it is impossible to resist. Here is what will happen if you set […]

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Dicembre Dolce {Sweet December}

Photo by Maren Caruso, from Williams-Sonoma Rustic Italian (2011, Weldon-Owen)   I do not have a sweet tooth. Nine times out of ten I will choose a second helping of pasta over dessert. Except in December. December was made for sweets—sweet breads, boozy cakes, spiced pies, and cookies—cookies piped with icing, festooned with sprinkles, dipped in melted chocolate, […]

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The Family Dish: Coffee-Spiked Banana Bread

(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post’s All We Can Eat Blog) The bananas in the fruit bowl always seem to ripen faster than we can eat them. Personally, I like a slightly overripe banana, one with lots of brown speckles on the skin. But once the ratio of yellow to speckle tips in […]

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Q & A with Jael McHenry, Author of ‘The Kitchen Daughter’

UPDATE: And…the winner of The Kitchen Daughter is CARMEN. Congratulations Carmen! The winner was chosen at random, which is to say I wrote everyone’s name on little pieces of paper, folded them, shuffled them, and put them in a baseball cap. My daughter stuck her hand in and pulled out Carmen’s name. Thanks to everyone […]

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