Tag | spring

Spring Synchronicity

Sometimes ~ not always, but sometimes ~ things fall together nicely. Last week, the respected food and cooking website Serious Eats named The Glorious Vegetables of Italy one of five essential Italian cookbooks. It was a completely unexpected and entirely welcome accolade for one of my favorite “babies” (as I tend to think of my books), […]

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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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Four Egg Whites and a Pavlova

Remember a few weeks back when I posted the recipe for lemon-ricotta crostata with mascarpone? As much as I love that recipe, it irked me that it leaves you with four egg whites. But now I feel better because I know exactly what you should do with those whites. Make a pavlova. Make this ethereal […]

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Please Don’t Eat the Daisies

The other morning on my walk I passed a young man sitting on the roof of a car. He was perched up pretty high, so probably an SUV, though lacking the car gene that both my Michigander husband and my son seem to have, I didn’t notice the make or model. The boy looked to be […]

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Al Mercato {at the farmers’ market}

I can now say, unequivocally, that spring is here. Finally. Our local farmers’ market is OPEN. It’s a small market, about 15 vendors set up in the parking lot of the local library, but I love it and from May through December I count on it for vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, and essentials such as […]

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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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Peas Please

I like to tread carefully where fresh English peas are concerned. They are delicate and their season is short so I try to make the most of it, usually by doing as little as possible: shell, sauté briefly, season lightly, eat. Or blanch, mash with a few droplets of oil, spread on crostini, eat. In […]

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Strawberry Festival

Every year on the first weekend in June, my dad would take my sister and me to the Strawberry Festival. This was in the ’70s, in the wilds of central New Jersey. Well, technically it was suburban New Jersey, just up the hill from our house and down the road from the Dairy Queen. But […]

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Cold Spring, Hot Broth

Who else feels like spring is draaaaaaging her feet? I’ve been seeing lots of snapshots and mini-rants on social media about late-winter snowstorms, dreary landscapes and chilly days so I know I’m not alone. I have a remedy. It’s this soup, this simple, gentle soup composed of crepes in broth ~ crespelle in brodo in Italian, scrippelle […]

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Laundry Is Forever, Fava Beans Are For Now

It’s fava bean season, and I’ve just returned from picking a basketful of fat green pods from my lovingly tended terraced and trellised hilltop garden, with its fairy tale view overlooking that quaint medieval village… Right. The truth is, I feel a little disingenuous writing about fava beans. I don’t have any growing in my […]

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