Tag | Italian cooking

Vellutata di Sedano

Celery seems to have been left out of the current vegetable love fest. For awhile, kale was the primary object of all the affection. This year it’s Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. But celery? No love. Here’s the thing: we all have a bag of celery in our fridge. And maybe that’s the problem. Supermarket celery, with its pale […]

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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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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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Summer Notes and Green Tomato Preserves

For years my mom made green tomato preserves every summer. For years, she and my dad gobbled them up on toast while my sister and I ignored them in favor of the strawberry and plum jam she also made (wouldn’t you?). Last week I brought home a handful of green tomatoes from the farmers’ market, intending […]

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In Giro: Italy and More Around the Web

It’s time to take another spin around the web for some (mostly) Italian link love. Andiamo: 1. First, a short history of the Colosseum and restoration efforts (video). 2. This video reminded me that it actually is worth standing in line for hours to see the miracle of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel (though I wouldn’t expect a canonization […]

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Gabriella’s Pizza Rustica

Over the years, my mother’s recipe for pizza rustica has been published here and there, in print and online. I included a version of it in my second book, Big Night In ~ it’s a celebration food, for sure ~ and I wrote about it years ago for The Washington Post. Most recently, I posted […]

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In Giro: Italy and More Around the Web

In giro is an Italian expression that roughly translates to “around.” It’s a common answer that young people give their parents or friends when asked where they’re going. Dove via? In giro. It’s usually sufficient because at some point everyone ends up in the piazza anyway. The verb girare means to turn, and the phrase […]

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A Good Dinner

It was not at all the dinner I had conjured in my mind as I was flying home from a four-day conference in Chicago. That dinner, the one in my head, involved homemade pasta, beautiful golden egg noodles dressed with a nice long-cooked sugo, possibly a homemade tart for dessert. It would be my way […]

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What Is “Real” Italian Cooking? Join Me for a Google Hangout

UPDATE: For those of you who were unable to join us on the Google+ hangout So You Think You Know Food: Italian, French, Portugutese, you can now watch it on YouTube. Please feel free to add you insight/comments here. It’s a fascinating discussion and one that is ongoing. * * * * * How do you […]

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Soup’s On: Join Me For an Online Class {Plus a GIVEAWAY}

You all know what a soup fiend I am. Since starting this blog a few years ago, I’ve posted recipes for some of my favorites, including garlicky lentil, October bean and cream of tomato. Soup was the focus of my first book, and (as I wrote back then) I could probably cook and gobble up […]

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