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Quadrucci ~ Making Homemade Pasta Squares with Antonietta

In January, once the kids head back to school (one to Vermont, the other to Michigan) things slow down just a bit in my kitchen. On cold, overcast mornings, I watch from the window as the cardinals and finches vie for space on the backyard feeder. I flip through cookbooks new and old, tagging recipes […]

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Pasta e Patate | Pasta and Potatoes

So. Stella was a bust, at least around the Capital Beltway, where we got less than 2 inches of snow and plenty of slush and ice. Still, the forecast for the next few days promises wind and chill. In other words, a good excuse to make pasta e patate ~ pasta with potatoes. Who would […]

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Earthquake in Central Italy: How to Help

AUG. 30: THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH NEW INFORMATION Dear Friends, The immediate effects of Wednesday’s earthquake in central Italy are now known: nearly 300 dead and three mountain towns ~ Accumolo, Amatrice, and Pescara del Tronto ~ destroyed, homes literally reduced to piles of rubble. Other mountain towns, including Castelluccio and Norcia, in […]

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Spaghetti Frittata

I took a long walk this morning to clear my head before a full weekend of writing. Although we had a little snow and freezing rain yesterday on the official first day of spring (!), it has already disappeared. The light is soft and diffuse and there is a definite springtime feel in the air. With […]

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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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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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How to Dress {Pasta}

No one in their right mind would ever come to me for advice on how to dress. I work from home, so I more or less live in yoga pants these days (I know, I know). But when it comes to dressing pasta, I know a thing or two, and I’d like to help you. […]

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Fresh Shell Bean Soup for Fall

My farmers’ market is, at the moment, overrun with beans ~ green, wax, Romano, and the variety known here in Virginia as October beans. October beans also go by the name of cranberry beans and, in Italian, borlotti beans. They are classic soup beans. A certain amount of confusion surrounds these beans so I’d like […]

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Who’s Your Culinary Idol?

I’d like to tell you about one of mine. Laura del Principe is not a Top Chef or an Iron Chef. She doesn’t have ridiculous bleached hair or tattoos running up and down her arms or a line of cookware created in her name. The restaurant she runs with her husband is tucked away in […]

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Master Pasta Class in Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Kitchen!

How would you like to roll up your sleeves and make some magic with flour and eggs? On Sunday, September 9, I’ll be teaching a Master Pasta Class at the D.C. home of my friend Cathy Barrow (a.k.a. Mrs Wheelbarrow). This is a special 4-hour class in which we will be making three fresh pasta […]

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