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Dicembre Dolce: Torta Ubriaca

I love this cake for two reasons. First, it combines chocolate and red wine, two of my favorite ingredients. Second, the recipe was given to me by my friend Marta Carrozza. Marta and her husband, Alessandro Maceroni, own Il Marchese del Grillo, a bed-and-breakfast in the heart of Sulmona. The small B & B has […]

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Dicembre Dolce: Torta di Nocciole

Welcome to the 2014 edition of Dicembre Dolce. This is the month in which I post recipes for fabulous Italian sweets. We’re kicking off the season with an elegant torta di nocciole, hazelnut cake, a specialty of the Piemonte region. This cake has been on my mind since I enjoyed a slice a couple of weeks ago […]

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Thanksgiving Menu

I’m pretty sure the last thing you need is more Thanksgiving recipes. Instead I’d like to share the menu I devised for this year’s feast at our house. It’s been a few years since we’ve hosted, so I enjoyed putting this together ~ in theory, anyway. We’ll see how it goes on Thanksgiving Day. If […]

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Weekend Project: Pasticcio di Melanzane

Sure, you could clean the gutters this weekend, or power wash the deck. You could rake leaves or aerate the lawn. You could sweep out the garage or reorganize your closets or put away your summer clothes. There’s something about this time of year that makes us want to put things in order. Unless. Unless you […]

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Panna Cotta for a Crowd

I cooked for a bunch of people last weekend. And a bunch of people cooked for me. On Saturday afternoon I dropped off dinner for 12 at my friend Jill’s house. For the last few years, Jill and her husband, Rudy, and several other couples have been the winning bidders on a series of Big […]

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Baked Pandoro French Toast

It’s not often I have leftover Pandoro. Everyone in my family loves it so it doesn’t last long. I still have a clear image in my mind of my son at age 1, toddling around in a blue and white striped one-piece thingie with a sailboat on it, clutching a giant piece of Pandoro in […]

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Bar Nuts

I inherited my passion for cooking from my mom. But my dad is the one who got me hooked on cookbooks. For a few years in the 1990s, my dad gave me a cookbook every Christmas. I do not know what precipitated this tradition (my mom was always the holiday shopper in the house). And […]

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Red Carpet Rant Chili

In general I disdain celebrity. I think celebrities and most movie stars are overrated, not to mention overpaid. I heard that the train wreck actor Charlie Sheen gets paid $1.8 million per episode of his show Two and a Half Men (at least until he got booted off the set). I have never seen Two […]

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Pandoro: A Holiday Bread to Trifle With

Panettone, the sweet, yeasted domed Italian holiday bread studded with raisins and candied fruit, has legions of fans in Italy and around the globe. I, however, am partial to the other Italian holiday bread: Pandoro. Pandoro (the word means ‘golden bread’ in Italian) is a tall, star-shaped leavened sweet bread that is produced in Verona, […]

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Sane Entertaining

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, on WAMU (88.5) radio in Washington, D.C. My fellow guests were Meagan Hegenbarth of RSVP Catering, and Chris Lowery, store captain at Trader Joe’s in Bailey’s Crossroads, VA. Among the topics covered: what to serve at a progressive holiday […]

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