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Ciao Italia Mother's Day Special

Looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift? Look no further than a copy of Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy! It is currently being offered at a special Mother's Day sale price, and includes an autographed book plate. You can purchase Ciao Italia:…

Ham and Eggs=Frittata

A beautiful bronzed looking bone in baked ham is always welcome for Easter dinner and leftovers can be pretty special too; ham and eggs in the morning, ham salad sandwiches for lunch and a delicious mac and cheese with ham some ways to use it up. And the bone is la bonus …

The Top Ten Mistakes First Time Gardeners Make

So you want to plant a vegetable garden and can’t wait to get started? You envision the end result of healthy, abundant vegetables not only on your dinner table but also as giveaways to your neighbor - not so fast. Like any project, a lot of thought and research wil…

In Your Easter Basket

These Italian Easter cookies with anise flavoring are light and biscuit-like in texture. They are often enjoyed in the morning with an espresso. Since breakfast is unheard of in Italy, (except for hotel tourists), these cookies (biscotti) would be right at home on an Ital…

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Welcome Spring with A Rhubarb Galette

A rhubarb galette to welcome spring?  Why not.  A galette is a free form open pie that can be savory or sweet and contain anything from spinach and eggs to mixed berries. When rhubarb is in season, it is my go to ingredient for this sweet confection that is perf…

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Love Me Tender

Less tender cuts of meat have a lot of connective tissue which accounts for why they are best cooked at low heat and for a long period of time. Lamb shanks are perfect for this method of cooking and once in the oven, can pretty much function on their own for a couple of h…

#CabbageRolls

Cabbage doesn’t conjure up a gourmet image for lots of people. Its most popular use is shredded and served raw as coleslaw for a backyard barbeque or as a side dish for corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day. Some people find the vegetable bitter, while…

B is for Beets!

During this pandemic, we are told to really ramp up healthy eating, get more Vitamin D and C, get more exercise and follow the rules. A lot of us working from home have to think of more than one meal a day especially if children are learning remotely. It can be boring eat…

Fat Tuesday. ..Let The Good Times Roll

Things won’t be the usual boisterous and outrageous costumed party for  Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent. What Mardi Gras needs in a pandemic is a muffuletta, a line backer size sandwich stuffed with Italian cured meats and cheeses. Some say the sandwich origin…

Zuppa!

Now that cold weather has set in, our cooking has turned to comforting foods like soup (zuppa). Italians are acknowl­edged masters of the craft, with differing names for varied creations that range from brodo and minestra to zuppa and minestrone. We’re all famil…

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